MemberHoward Williams

Williams, H. 2014. Monument and material reuse at the National Memorial Arboretum, Archaeological Dialogues 21(1): 77-104.
Williams, H. 2014. Antiquity at the National Memorial Arboretum, International Journal of Heritage Studies          20(4):    393–414.
Williams, H. 2013. Saxon obsequies: the early medieval archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Neville, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 23(1).
Williams, H. 2011. Ashes to asses: an archaeological perspective on death and donkeys, Journal of Material Culture 16(3): 219–39.
Williams,       H.    2011.    Archaeologists     on    Contemporary    Death,    Mortality    16(2):    91–97. https://d…

My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory, the history of archaeology, public archaeology and the early medieval archaeology of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia (c. 400-1100). I’m a co-director of Project Eliseg, and co-convenor of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory.

MemberAlexander Cupples

…2019-2021: MA in the Beginnings of Irish Christianity, University College Cork

2009-2012: BA in Archaeology, Queen’s University Belfast, 1st, with an award-winning dissertation on the early medieval archaeology of Aghaderg Parish, Co.Down…

Archaeologist, historian, speaker, specialising in the archaeology, politics and Christianity of Early Medieval Ireland. Interested in reconciliational healing, tours, the Picts in Ireland, Uí Eachach Cobha, community-building, local history, and preparing both Protestant and Catholic communities for a united Ireland (which is looking increasingly likely).

MemberNila Namsechi

Nila Namsechi is currently a PhD candidate in Byzantine, Ottoman and Greek modern Studies at University of Birmingham where she offers the first systematic study of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Duchy of Naples from c650-1000.Drawing together over fifty years of textual and archaeological research, her thesis will address the transition period that Naples underwent during these centuries by examining the built environment and monumental topography of the city and the territory of Duchy of Naples. Furthermore, her thesis aims to understand the cultural impact of Byzantium alongside other regional cultures on Naples. She is also interested in the study of Persian literature and transcription of Medieval manuscripts in English.    

MemberHelen Lawson

Helen Lawson’s doctoral thesis, ‘Navigating Northumbria: Mobility, Allegory and Writing Travel in Early Medieval Northumbria’, considers the narrational and theological role of travel and mobility in Northumbrian histories and hagiographies. This work originally stemmed from the idea that scholarship on early medieval northern Britain tends to underestimate, or reject outright, the role of land transport in early medieval mobility. Whilst the original starting point was focussed on the practice and practicalities of travel, the thesis has shifted to interrogate the conceptual role of travel in the milieu of Bede and his contemporaries.  

MemberAdam Parker

Professionally I work as the Assistant Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, responsible for the curation, interpretation, documentation and advocacy of a designated archaeology collection relating to York city and North Yorkshire. The collection ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic to the early Post-Medieval periods, with particular focus on the Roman, Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval periods of York’s history. I am additionally responsible for the training of volunteers in object handling, supervision of several post-graduate students and for the planning, managing and writing-up of small scale archaeological excavations.In an academic capacity I am currently undertaking PhD research with the Open University collating the evidence for and questioning the function of magic in Roman Britain. The project aims to look at the disparate evidence for magic in terms of its contextual significance, including: phallic imagery, inscribed and portable amulets, Jet and Amber objects, lamellae, figurines etc.

MemberSam Barber

I study the material and visual cultures of late ancient and early medieval Europe, with a special focus on the social histories of objects and buildings in the post-Roman world. My doctoral dissertation investigates palaces from the time of Tetrarchy and that of the Carolingians. Though a constant across this period, palaces underwent dramatic changes architecturally, conceptually, and institutionally. By viewing them simultaneously as physical architecture, as social spaces, and as nodes in ‘royal landscapes’, I use palaces as a lens for examining shifting concepts of rulership and legitimate authority in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In doing so I argue that they were not simple assertions of Roman-derived sovereignty, but rather essential instruments in the reordering of political space in the post-Roman West. Aside from my dissertation project, I am also interested in the history of medieval art more broadly (including its historiography); social and anthropological theory; urban studies; and concepts of identity, ethnicity, and community in the Early Middle Ages.

MemberSusan Oosthuizen

I am Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. My current research focuses on the origins of the English, collective governance in early medieval and medieval England, and on transformation and continuity in the Anglo-Saxon rural landscape, particularly as evidenced in fields, pastures and settlement. All my downloadable material is now (Jan 2020) on my wordpress site:  I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of the McDonald Institute.

MemberRichard Sowerby

I am a Lecturer in Early Medieval Insular History at the University of Edinburgh. Before I came to Edinburgh in 2015, I had been the Osborn Fellow in Medieval History and Culture at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2013-15), and had held temporary lectureships in medieval history at Balliol College, Oxford (2012-13) and St Hugh’s College, Oxford (2011-12). Most of my work to date has focused on the religious cultures of the early Middle Ages, looking at the way that beliefs and ideas changed and evolved during the period between c. 500 and c. 1000 CE. My first book, Angels in Early Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2016) was awarded the inaugural Ecclesiastical History Society Book Prize, and the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England Best First Monograph Prize. My current research explores the place of animals in medieval medicine, investigating both the ways that animals were cared for and the ways that they themselves were implicated in the processes of human medicine.