I am a lecturer in archaeology, specialising in the archaeology of medieval Britain and the analysis of ceramics. My research seeks to use material culture to understand how people coped with and experienced change, and how the roots of contemporary society are planted in the medieval period. For example, my research into diet examines how communities adapted to social and political change in the early medieval period and my analysis of medieval rural material culture considers how the development of commercial attitudes can be seen in the archaeological record. My work also applies archaeological theory (particularly ‘non-representational’ theories such as Assemblage Theory and Actor-Network Theory) to important archaeological questions. I also examine the relationship between historical text and the archaeological record. I am currently co-Editor of the journal Medieval Ceramics.
Currently I am researching 3 core areas; the material culture of medieval rural households (as co-investigator with Dr Chris Briggs, Cambridge University on the project Living Standards and Material Culture in English Rural Households 1300-1600), the impact of the Norman Conquest of England on dietary practice (with Dr Richard Madgwick, Cardiff University and Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, University of Sheffield) and the fortunes of towns in later medieval southern England. I am also actively engaged in the study of medieval pottery, with a particular emphasis on questions of trade and consumption.
Recently published books include Pottery and Social Life in Medieval England: Towards a relational approach, Objects, Environment and Everyday Life in Medieval Europe (with Lee G. Broderick and Idoia Grau-Sologestoa), Insight from Innovation: New light on archaeological ceramics (with Emilie Sibbesson and Sarah Coxon) and Food and Drink in Archaeology 4 (with Wendy Howard and Kirsten Bedigan).
Honours and awards
Co-Investigator, Leverhulme Trust funded project Living Standards and Material Culture in English Rural Households 1300-1600
Recipient of grant from the Royal Archaeological Insitute Tony Clark Fund (2016)
Recipient of research grant from Society of Antiquaries (2016)
Recipient of research grant from Society for Medieval Archaeology (2016)
Recipient of grant from Society for Medieval Archaeology Eric Fletcher Fund (2009)
AHRC Doctoral Award (2008)
AHRC MA studentship (2006)
Chartered Institute of Archaeologists (MCIfA)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists New Generation Special Interest Group: Secretary (2012-2015)
Medieval Pottery Research Group: Assistant Secretary (2009-2014); Assistant Editor (2015-2016); co-Editor (2016-2021)
Society for Medieval Archaeology
Previous academic positions
2014 - Present: Lecturer in Archaeology, Cardiff University
2012-13: Lecturer in Medieval History & Archaeology, Birkbeck
2012: Research Associate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
2010: Research Assistant, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
2006: Graduate Attachment, British Institute in East Africa, Nairobi.
2016: Quentovic in Context: Mid-Saxon pottery from Hamwic and south-east England. Workshop on excavations at Quentovic, Arras, France (invited by Professor Laurent Verslype, Catholic University of Louvain).
2015: Beyond Expression: Objects and the self in medieval Sussex. Research seminar series, University of Nottingham (invited by Dr Chris King, University of Nottingham).
2015: 2050: An Archaeological Odessey. A vision for the future of our profession from the New Generation (with Natalie Ward). Chartered Institute for Archaeologists conference, Cardiff (invited by Kate Geary, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists).
2015: 'Consumer' Identity, Values and Consumption in Medieval Rural England. GW4 Medieval Network conference, Bristol University (invited by Dr James Doherty)
2015: Trade, Towns and Consumption in Medieval Southern England: An archaeological perspective. Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology day conference, Salisbury Museum (invited by Dr Ryan Lavelle, University of Winchester).
2014: Plenary speaker, Launch of Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (with Natalie Ward). Museum of London (invited by Kate Geary, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists).
2014: Pottery and Coastal Communities Before the Emporia: A case-study from south-east England. The 2nd Dorestad Congress, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, Netherlands (invited by Dr Annemarieke Willemsen, RVO).
2013: Pottery and the Middle Ages. Research seminar series, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (invited by Dr Jill Hilditch, University of Amsterdam).
2012: Pots as Things. Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Liverpool (invited by Paul Blinkhorn and Dr Chris Cumberpatch).
2012: Objects as Agents of Social Change: A case-study from Anglo-Norman Southampton. Archaeology after interpretation workshop, Burford, Oxfordshire (invited by Dr Andrew M Jones, University of Southampton).
2012: Pottery in Stuart Southampton and Beyond (with Duncan H. Brown). Southampton Museum Archaeological Society day conference, Southampton (invited by Anna Welch).
2011: Pottery in Tudor Southampton and Beyond (with Duncan H. Brown). Southampton Museum Archaeological Society day conference, Southampton (invited by Anna Welch).
2010: Pottery and Early Medieval Archaeology. Early Medieval Finds from the British Isles conference, Oxford University (invited by Jane Kershaw and Christopher Ferguson).
2009: Rubbish and the Creation of Urban Landscape. Medieval diet group, Oxford University (invited by Maureen Mellor).
2015: Assembling Urban Space. TAG, Bradford University.
2015: Towns in the Wilderness: Material culture, identity and urbanisation in Medieval southern England. European Association of Archaeologists Conference, University of Glasgow.
2015: Pots from Ports. European Association of Archaeologists Conference, University of Glasgow.
2015: Early Anglo-Saxon Pottery in South-East England: Progress and potential (with Lorraine Mepham, Phil Jones, Luke Barber, Chris Jarrett, Lyn Blackmore, John Cotter and Berni Seddon). Medieval Pottery Research Group conference, Doncaster.
2013: Between Text and Objects: The value and consumption of metalwork amongst the Medieval English peasantry (with Chris Briggs and Matt Tompkins). TAG, Bournemouth University.
2013: Entangled Pots: The meaning and value of medieval pottery. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds.
2013: Emergent Value: Archaeology and inventories in later medieval England. Society for Historical Archaeology conference, Leicester University.
2012: The Agency of Rules: The case of Southampton’s Oak Book. TAG, University of Liverpool.
2012: At the Edge of Empire: Pottery from the Noviodunum Archaeological Project, Romania. Medieval Pottery Research Group (MPRG) conference, Douglas.
2011: What are they Doing it like that for? Culinary practices in medieval Southampton. MPRG conference, London.
2010: Making-do or making the World? Tempering choices in Anglo-Saxon pottery manufacture. TAG, Bristol University.
2010: Social Stratigraphy: Contextualising site formation processes a case study. TAG, Bristol University.
2010: Anglo-Saxon Pottery Production in Chichester, West Sussex, UK. Tourner Autor du Pot... Les Ateliers de Potiers Médiévaux du Ve au XIIe Siècles dans l’Espace Européen (Early Medieval Pottery Production in Europe), Douai.
2010: Pottery, Food and Status in Medieval England. Medieval Diet Group, Oxford University.
2010: Dealing with Rubbish in a Medieval Town. MPRG conference, Perth.
2010: Pottery and the Norman Conquest of England. Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS), University College Dublin.
2010: Provisioning and Diet in Hamwic: New data and new perspectives. Food and Drink in Archaeology Conference, University of Exeter.
2010: Late Saxon pottery from Chichester. MPRG regional group meeting (south), Winchester.
2009: Is this a Cooking Pot I see Before me? A biographical approach to the categorisation of early medieval pottery. TAG, University of Durham
2009:Categories of Pots and Categories of People: A case study from Hamwic (mid-Saxon Southampton). TAG, University of Durham.
2009: Rubbish and the Creation of Urban Landscape. European Association of Archaeologists conference, Riva del Garda.
2009: How did Saxons Use Pots (and why should we care)?’ EMASS, University of Sheffield.
2008: Redwares, Blackwares and Greywares: Colour and the study of medieval pottery. TAG, University of Southampton.
2008: Following the Grain? A ceramic approach to social fragmentation in medieval Southampton. TAG, University of Southampton.
2008: Pottery in Post-Medieval Southampton. MPRG regional meeting (south), Southampton.
2008: Pottery, Materiality, Identity. EMASS, University of Exeter.
2008: Understanding People Through Clay: A theoretical application of ceramic petrology. Ceramic Petrography Group, University of Sheffield.
2007: Pottery and Identity in Late Saxon Sussex. EMASS, Cardiff University.
2006: Is There a Role for Ethnoarchaeology in the Study of Anglo-Saxon pottery? TAG, University of Exeter.
2006: Local Flavour: The pottery from Bishopstone. MPRG conference, Chester.
2013: Discussant, Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium, University of Chester (invited by Ruth Nugent).
2012: Session chair, Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposim, University of Glasgow (invited by Alison Kyle).
2014 - present: Member of SHARE integrated board of studies
2014 - present: Member of archaeology board of studies
2015-2020: Assistant editor and council member, Medieval Pottery Research Group
2012-2015: Chartered Institute for Archaeologists New Generation Group
2009-2014: Assistant secretary and council member, Medieval Pottery Research Group