School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Caron Newman

Research Associate

Background

My main research interests are in settlement and landscape of the late medieval and post medieval periods. My PhD research was on the medieval and post medieval landscape of Cumbria, and was a GIS-based project using as its baseline, the Cumbria HLC which I completed for Cumbria County Council. The work involved testing some of the assumptions of HLC through the use of late 18th C county maps and earlier estate maps. 

Before coming to Newcastle, I already had a career as a multi-period field archaeologist in various professional units, and for many years work for English Heritage's (now Historic England) North West office. I was the medieval period co-ordinator for the North West Archaeological Research Frameworks, and also contributed to the Roman, early medieval, post medieval and industrial sections. I spent much time studying the development of towns in the North West of England, with a particular interest in industrial-period housing, and included amongst my major research projects were the Historic Towns Survey of Lancashire and the Historic Landscape Characterisation of Cumbria.

More recent projects include work on Historic Seascapes Characterisation, the archaeological landscape survey of the Anglo-Scottish border in the late medieval period, an archaeological survey of an 18th century designed landscape at Rothley Lakes, Northumberland, and an assessment of the impacts of forestry strategies on the historic landscape character of England.

Academic and Professional qualifications
  • BA Hons in History and Archaeology
  • MSc in Archaeology in Computing
  • Member of Chartered Institute for Archaeology
  • Fellow of Society of Antiquaries
Conferences papers presented include
  • Small town trade: evidence from Romsey, Hampshire. Medieval Europe 1992
  • Quality Standards and Desk-Based Assessments, IfA 2000
  • History: the handmaiden of archaeology? IfA 2001
  • Valuing the Urban Landscape session organiser, IfA 2002
  • The Cotton Trade and its Influence on Urban and Industrial Development in East Lancashire 1750-1914, Society for Historical Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg USA 2007
  • Modern uses of terraced housing and textile mills in East Lancashire, Association for Industrial Archaeology, Preston 2007
  • Historic landscape characterisation, more than a management tool? Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks? Future Directions for the Archaeological Study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland, Society for Post Medieval Archaeology, Leicester 2009
  • Understanding the medieval settlement of Cumbria, Medieval Settlement Research Group/Centre for North West Regional Studies 2011
  • Fillling in the White Spaces. Integrating archaeological data with historical and natural environment datasets in a landscape-based approach to itnerpretation and presentation, European Archaeologists Association Conference, Istanbul, 2014
  • The medieval farming landscape, Medieval Settlement Research Group, 2015
  • Landscapes of power: religious lordship and land-use and their influence on the landscape of Cumbria, European Archaeologists Association Conference, Glasgow, 2015
  • A reiving landscape? The Anglo-Scottish border in the late medieval and early modern period, Landscape Archaeology Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, 2016
  • Mapping the 18th century landscape of CumbriaL a snapshopt of a rapidly evolving environment, Post Medieval Archaeology conference, Sheffield, 2016
  • 'In the wastes ... a martial kind of men'. The late medieval landscape of the Anglo-Scottish border, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2017

Research

Current Work:

Forestry and Woodland Futures

From the Border to the Wall

Wallington Hall, Northumberland

West Park, Darlington

Past Projects:

Historic Seascapes Characterisation: The Irish Sea (English Sector)

Rothley Lakes, Wallington, Northumberland

Teaching

Undergraduate modules:

ARA1030 Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century (module leader)

ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice

ARA3001,3002, 3003 Dissertation in Archaeology

ARA3013 Early Medieval Northern Europe

ARA3031 Historical Archaeology of Britain from 1500 to the Present

Postgraduate modules:

ARA8090 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology

Publications

  • Newman C. Taming the Wilderness. The Monastic Landscapes of Cumbria. 2019. In Preparation.
  • Newman C. ‘The Wildest, Most Barren and Frightful’ Country. An Atlas of the Late Medieval and Post Medieval Landscape of Cumbria. 2018. In Preparation.
  • Newman C. An investigation of the design and evolution of the Rothley Lakes Landscape, Wallington, Northumberland. Archaeologia Aeliana 2017. Submitted.
  • Newman C, Carl H, Newman R. The Trinities. The investigation of a monastic grange landscape in Cumbria. The Journal of Medieval Settlement Research 2017. In Preparation.
  • Newman C. The industrial and manufacturing city. In: Brennand M, Stringer KJ, ed. The Making of Carlisle from Romans to Railways. Kendal: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 2011, pp.153-172.
  • Newman C, Newman R. A guide to using the Cumbria Historic Landscape Characterisation Database for Cumbria's Planning Authorities. Kendal: Cumbria County Council, 2009. Available at: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/countryside/historic-environment/histlandcharacter.asp.
  • Newman C. Historic Landscape Characterisation: more than a management tool?. In: Horning A, Palmer M, ed. Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks. Future Directions in the archaeological study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2009, pp.179-201.
  • Newman C. Historic Seascape Characterisation: The Irish Sea (English Sector). Section One: Background, Methodology and Results. Swindon: Historic England, 2009. Available at: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/hscirish_eh_2011/.
  • Newman C. Historic Seascape Characterisation: The Irish Sea (English Sector). Section Three: Character Descriptions. Swindon: Historic England, 2009. Available at: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/hscirish_eh_2011/.
  • Newman C. Historic Seascape Characterisation: The Irish Sea (English Sector). Section Two: Applications Review and Case Studies. Swindon: Historic England, 2009. Available at: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/hscirish_eh_2011/.
  • Newman C, Newman R. The Evolution of Dalton, near Kendal, Cumbria: Preliminary ResultsThe Journal of the Medieval Settlement Research Group. The Journal of the Medieval Settlement Research Group 2009, 24, 6-13.
  • Newman C, Newman R. Housing the workforce in 19th-century east Lancashire: past processes, enduring perceptions and contemporary meanings. Post-Medieval Archaeology 2008, 42/1, 181-200.
  • Newman C, Hardie C. The Cumbria Historic Landscape Characterisation Project. The Lake District National Park. Kendal: Cumbria County Council, 2007.
  • Newman C, Newman R. The medieval period research agenda. In: Brennand,M, ed. Research and Archaeology in North West England, An Archaeological Research Framework for North West England. Manchester: CBA North West, 2007, pp.95-114.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Chorley Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Hopkins B. Kirkham Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Newman R. Lancaster Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Newburgh Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Ormskirk Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Preston with Walton-le-Dale and Penwortham Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Slaidburn Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Clitheroe Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Great Harwood Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Neal N. Ribchester Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2006. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. The medieval period resource assessment. In: Brennand,M, ed. The Archaeology in North West England, An Archaeological Research Framework for North West England. Manchester: CBA North West, 2006, pp.115-144.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Bacup Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Newman R. Burnley Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Colne Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County County, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Darwen Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Haslingden Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Poulton-le-Fylde Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Rawtenstall Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Barnoldswick Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Trippier J. Church and Oswaldtwistle Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Garstang Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County Council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C. Nelson Historic Town Assessment Report. Preston: Lancashire County council, 2005. Lancashire Historic Town Survey Programme.
  • Newman C, Cleal R, Allen M. An archaeological and environmental study of the Neolithic and later prehistoric landscape of the Avon Valley and Durrington Walls environs. Wilts Archaeol and Natur Hist Mag 2004, 97, 218-248.
  • Newman C. Clay Tobacco Pipes. In: Heawood, R, Howard-Davis, C, Drury, D and Krupa, M, ed. Old Abbey Farm, Risley: Building Survey and Excavation at a Medieval Moated Site. Lancaster: Lancaster Imprints, 2004, pp.122-123.
  • Newman C, Morris E, Bonner D. Iron Age and Romano-British sites along the Bowden Reservoir Link pipeline, south-east Somerset. Proc Somerset Archaeol and Natur Hist Soc 2001, 143, 1-27.
  • Newman C. Using historical sources in desk-based assessments. The Archaeologist 2001, 41, 19.
  • Newman C. Historical context, in Hair, N and Newman, R, Excavation of medieval settlement remains at Crosedale in Howgill. Trans CWAAS 1998, 2nd series, 99, 151-153.
  • Newman C. Archaeological and historical background, in Butterworth, C and Seager-Smith, R, Excavations at the Hermitage, Old Town, Swindon. Wilts Archaeol and Natur Hist Magazine 1997, 90, 55-57.
  • Newman C. Clay tobacco pipes, in Harding, P and Newman, R, Monkey Marsh Lock, Thatcham, Berkshire. Post-Medieval Archaeology 1997, 31, 45.
  • Newman C. Medieval pottery. In: Parkhouse, J, Evans, E, ed. Excavations in Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, 1977-88. BAR Brit Ser, 1996.
  • Newman C. The clay tobacco pipes, in Newman R and Wilkinson, P Excavations at Llanmaes, South Glamorgan. Post-Medieval Archaeology 1996, 30, 224-226.
  • Newman C. The medieval pottery, in Newman R and Wilkinson, P Excavations at Llanmaes, South Glamorgan. Post-Medieval Archaeology 1996, 30, 223-224.
  • Newman C, Mepham L, Bonner DA. A medieval farmhouse at Meadow Vale Farm, near Wincanton. Proc Somerset Archaeol and Natur Hist Soc 1994, 138, 81-99.
  • Newman C. Iron Age settlement at Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire. In: Fitzpatrick, AP, Morris, EL, ed. The Iron Age in Wessex: Recent Work. Association Française D’Etude de L’Age du Fer, 1994, pp.81-86.
  • Newman C, Graham A. Recent excavations of Iron Age and Romano-British Enclosures in the Avon valley, Wiltshire. Wilts Archaeol and Natur Hist Mag 1993, 86, 8-57.
  • Newman C. A late Saxon cemetery at Templecombe. Proc Somerset Archaeol and Natur Hist Soc 1992, 135, 61-72.
  • Newman C. Small town trade: evidence from Romsey, Hampshire. In: Medieval Europe. 1992.
  • Newman C, Newman R. A watching brief and salvage work at the new cricket pavilion, Dymock. Glevensis 1991, 24, 22-26.
  • Newman C. Clay Tobacco Pipes, in Newman, R, A Romano-British building at Dan-y-Graig, Porthcawl. Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 1990, 37, 273.
  • Newman C. New data from old bones. Siluria 1989, 2, 19.
  • Newman C. Excavations at Atlantic Trading Estate. Siluria 1988, 1, 5-8.
  • Newman C. Recent discoveries in South Glamorgan. British Archaeology 1988, Sept/Oct, 12-15.
  • Newman C, Newman R. Stamped clay tobacco pipes from Llanmaes, South Glamorgan. Medieval and Later Pottery in Wales 1987, 9, 35-50.
  • Newman C, Newman R. Vale fabric - a re-evaluation. Medieval and Later Pottery in Wales 1985, 7, 10-19.
  • Newman C. The Anglo-Scottish Western March: A Landscape in Transition. In: Theune,C, ed. Ruralia XII: Transitions and Transformation in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2019, pp.371-379. In Press.