I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns.

My doctoral thesis was a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study.

More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.


PhD University of York (2017)

Thesis Title: Deconstructing Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: a critical enquiry into the study of ethnicity in lowland Britain in late antiquity

MA University of York (2013)

BA (Hons) University of Leicester (2012)

Other Publications


Harland, J. M., ‘Memories of migration? The “Anglo-Saxon” burial costume of the fifth century AD,’ Antiquity 93 (2019).
Harland, J. M., ‘Rethinking Ethnicity and “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon England,’ Medieval Worlds 5 (2017), 44-69.

Public Scholarship

Harland, J. M., ‘“Race” in The Trenches: Anglo-Saxons, ethnicity, and the misuse of the medieval past,’ The Public Medievalist. Special series: Race and Racism in Middle Ages, 02/17/2017.

Conference Reports

Egetenmeyr, V. and Harland, J. M. ‘Report: The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’: Construction and Perception of ‘Otherness’ in Late Antiquity. International Workshop: Kiel, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, 23 – 25 November 2016,’ Bolletino di Studi Latini 47.1 (2017), 324-329.

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