School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

David Govantes-Edwards

Associate Researcher

Background

---I was granted my BA degree in History at the University of Seville (Spain) in 1999. Until 2009, I worked as a field archaeologist in Spain, where I participated and directed multiple rescue and research projects, including the survey, excavation and restoration of archaeological sites, and the study of the materials recovered during these field projects. My research has pursued a number of interests, including the archaeology of medieval Spain and the production, circulation and consumption of glass in Iberian societies in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this context, I co-direct the The al-Andalus Glass Project (in cooperation with Dr. Chloe Duckworth, Newcastle University), which aims to improve our understanding of glass production in the Iberian Peninsula between Late Antiquity and the 16th century, and coordinate a number of international survey and excavation projects in key production sites in Spain, including Reccopolis (Guadalajara), Madinat al-Zahra (Córdoba) and the Alhambra (Granada, UNESCO World Heritage Site). Currently, I am working on obtaining my PhD from the University of Cordoba, under the supervision of Professor Ricardo Córdoba. The topic of my thesis is technical transmission in medieval Iberia, focusing on the transmission of glass making techniques.



Research

The research projects in which I am participating or have participated in the past are as follows:


Geochemical prospection of the site of Reccopolis (Spain) (2018-present)

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Coordinator & archaeologists, coordinating teams, taking part in the field survey.

PI: Dr. Chloe Duckworth & Prof. Lauro Olmo


Glass production, circulation and consumption in Visigothic Spain (2018-present)

Corning Museum of Glass

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Director, examining excavation reports, conducting negotiations with the Spanish and Portuguese national and local authorities, extracting, analysing and interpreting glass samples (EMPA, LA-ICP-MS).

PI: D. Govantes-Edwards


Chemical analysis of medieval glass from Volga Bulgaria (Tatarstan, Russia) (Bolgar, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suvar and Bilär) (2018-present)

University of Newcastle, Institute of Archaeology (Russian Academy of Sciences), State University of Kazan

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Coordinator & Archaeologist, coordinating teams, conducting negotiations with the Russian national and local authorities, extracting, analysing and interpreting glass samples (EMPA, LA-ICP-MS).

PI: Dr Chloë Duckworth, D. Govantes-Edwards, Prof. Vladimir Koval, Dr. S. Valiunina


Glass production, circulation and consumption in Visigothic Spain (2018-present)

Corning Museum of Glass

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Director, examining excavation reports, conducting negotiations with the Spanish and Portuguese national and local authorities, extracting, analysing and interpreting glass samples (EMPA, LA-ICP-MS).

PI: D. Govantes-Edwards


The Alhambra Royal Workshops Project (Alhambra, Granada) (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (2016-present)

University of Leicester, University of Bournemouth, University of Newcastle, University of Granada, Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Coordinator & field archaeologist, coordinating teams, conducting negotiations with the Spanish national and local authorities participating in the excavation process, leading a multi-period trench and training undergraduate field school students in archaeological field techniques and on-site find processing

PI: Dr Alberto García Porras & Dr Chloe Duckworth


The Madinat al-Zahra Survey Project (Córdoba, Spain) (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (2015-present)

University of Leicester, University of Bournemouth, University of Newcastle, Universidad de Córdoba

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Coordinator & field archaeologist, coordinating teams, conducting negotiations with the Spanish national and local authorities, taking part in field survey (magnetometry, pXRF, magnetic susceptibility, EM, topography), training undergraduate field school students in archaeological field techniques.

PI: Prof. Kate Welham and Dr Chloë Duckworth


The Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project (Easter Island, Chile) (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (2012-2014)

University College (London), University of Manchester and University of Bournemouth

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Local liaison officer, field archaeologist and translator, conducting negotiations with the Chilean and Rapa Nui national and local authorities, participating in the excavation process and translating (Spanish-English-Spanish) all project-related documents, administrative, technical, academic or otherwise.

PI: Prof. Sue Hamilton and Prof. Colin Richards


The al-Andalus Glass Project (2009-present)

University of Newcastle

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Coordinator & Archaeologist, coordinating teams, conducting negotiations with the Spanish national and local authorities, extracting, analysing and interpreting glass samples (EMPA, LA-ICP-MS).

PI: Dr Chloë Duckworth and D. Govantes-Edwards.


The Prinatikos Pyrgos Research Project (Crete, Greece) (2008-2012)

Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens, Museum of the University of Pennsylvania and INSTAP

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Trench leader, field archaeologist & conservation coordinator, participating in the excavation process, leading a multi-period trench, training undergraduate field school students in archaeological field techniques and on-site find processing and coordinating the consolidation of extant structures.

PI: Dr Barry Molloy and Dr Barbara Hayden


Excavación y restauración de los baños árabes de Palomares del Río (Seville, Spain) (2000-2003)

Excmo Ayuntamiento de Palomares del Río y Delegación Provincial de Sevilla de la Consejería de Cultura, Junta de Andalucía

ROLES UNDERTAKEN: Assistant director & field archaeologist, directing the excavation process and coordinating the restoration of the extant structures.

PI: María Isabel González Moreno

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