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Christopher Loveluck

Associate Professor and Reader, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Site Director for University of Nottingham, Midlands-3-Cities Doctoral Training Programme

Director of Research, School of Humanities, 2013-14

Associate Professor and Reader in Medieval Archaeology, 2009 - present

Archaeology Editor, Early Medieval Europe, 2009- 2011

Visiting Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology, Department of History, Harvard University, Mass., USA, September 2007 to February 2008.

Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham, UK, 2004 - 2008.

Chercheur (temp.), CNRS, University of Tours, France, February to April 2004.

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK, October 2000 to February 2004.

Director of the Flixborough Anglo-Saxon settlement post-excavation and publication project (funded by English Heritage), Humber Field Archaeology, September 1995 to October 2000.

PhD in Archaeology (University of Durham), July 1995.

BA (Hons) in Archaeology (University of Durham), June 1990.

Expertise Summary

The development of societies in northwest Europe, between Late Antiquity and the Central Middle Ages (AD 400 and 1300), with particular reference to landscape and settlement archaeology, and coastal communities.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Teaching

The range of my undergraduate teaching covers the archaeology of northern and western Europe in the Middle Ages, between c. AD 400 and 1500. I convene and teach on the following modules:

V61121 - Introduction to Medieval Archaeology (10 credits)

Q3107S - The Viking World (10 credits)

V62209 - Medieval Britain (10 credits)

V63345 - The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England (20 credits)

At MA and MA by Research levels I teach the following 30-credit options for the V64ST1 and V64ST2 options.

V64ST - Britain and West Francia from the Carolingians to the Crusades, AD 600-1200

V64ST - The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England.

Supervision of PhD and MRes students:

I supervise PhD and MRes students on a range of themes, mostly in relation to early medieval northern Europe, between c. AD 400 and 1400. These themes have included, rural settlement dynamics, trade and exchange, the development of ports and urban centres, coastal societies, and aspects of representation of the past. My PhD students have focused their studies geographically on England, Wales, Flanders, northern France, Spain, the North Atlantic and Saudi Arabia.

My PhD students who have been awarded their Doctorates since 2007: Gareth Davies, Edward Oakley, Imogen Tompsett, Anne Sassin, Alexander Mirrington, Dayanna Knight (Loveluck as principal supervisor); Kristopher Poole (Loveluck as secondary supervisor).

PhD students who have submitted their theses and await examination: Rebecca Reynolds (Loveluck as secondary supervisor).

Current PhD students: Diane Wren, Alaa Alrawaibah, Craig Dicken.

Current MRes students: Hillery Harrison, Paul Wright.

Teaching prizes and commendations:

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Teaching Prize for the course 'Material Cultures, England and France, AD 600-1200' , Fall Semester 2007-8 (Reading seminar course for graduate students)

Harvard University Teaching Commendation for courses in Fall semester 2007 -8, from Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (D. Pillbeam).

Research Summary

Between 2003 and the present, I have been directing/undertaking five principal research projects:

  • The writing of a book on Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, AD 600-1200, for Cambridge University Press, funded by the British Academy and the AHRC. The book presents a comparative archaeological analysis of societies in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Rhineland Germany, between the seventh and twelfth centuries, funded by the British Academy. (see publications and www.cambridge.org/9781107037632 ).
  • The survey and excavation of a fifth- to twelfth-century central place at Stavnsager, northeast Jutland, Denmark, seemingly covering 150 hectares, funded by the British Academy (see Stavnsager).
  • The co-ordination of the early medieval working group, with Prof. Martin Carver (University of York), for the Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework for England (English Heritage/University of Southampton) since July 2009, and the publication of a research assessment and agenda for the early medieval period (see publications).
  • The Leffinge Pilot project, examining the nature of early medieval settlement and society in coastal Flanders, Belgium (see Leffinge).
  • The Flixborough Anglo-Saxon settlement project, funded by English Heritage - all four volumes have been published in 2007 and 2009, and a digital archive is to be published on the ADS - AHDS digital archive. (See Flixborough Anglo-Saxon Settlement).

Supervision of PhD and MRes students:

I supervise PhD and MRes students on a range of themes in relation to early medieval northern Europe, between c. AD 400 and 1400. These themes have included, rural settlement dynamics, trade and exchange, the development of ports and urban centres, coastal societies, and aspects of representation of the past. My PhD students have focused their studies geographically on England, Wales, Flanders, northern France, Spain, the North Atlantic and Saudi Arabia.

My PhD students who have been awarded their Doctorates since 2007: Gareth Davies, Edward Oakley, Imogen Tompsett, Anne Sassin, Alexander Mirrington, Dayanna Knight (Loveluck as principal supervisor); Kristopher Poole (Loveluck as secondary supervisor).

PhD students who have submitted their theses and await examination: Rebecca Reynolds (Loveluck as secondary supervisor).

Current PhD students: Diane Wren, Alaa Alrawaibah, Craig Dicken.

Current MRes students: Hillery Harrison, Paul Wright.

Recent Publications

  • C.P. LOVELUCK, K. STRUTT, WITH P. CLOGG, 2014. From hamlets to central places: integrated survey and excavation strategies for the social analysis of settlements in northern Europe, dating from c. AD 400-1100. In: R. FIEDEL, K. HOILUND NIELSEN AND E. STIDSING, ed., Wealth and Complexity. Economically specialized sites in Late Iron Age Denmark Museum Ostjylland Monograph, Randers. (In Press.)
  • M. CARVER AND C. LOVELUCK WITH AL., 2013. Early Medieval. In: J. RANSLEY AND F. STURT WITH J. DIX, J. ADAMS AND L. BLUE, ed., People and the Sea. A Maritime Archaeological Research Agenda for England, CBA Research Report 171 York: Council for British Archaeology. 113-137
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2013. Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, c. AD 600-1150: a comparative archaeology Cambridge University Press.
  • C.P. LOVELUCK, 2012. Central places, exchange and maritime-oriented identity around the North Sea and western Baltic, AD 600-1100. In: S. GELICHI AND R. HODGES, ed., From One Sea To Another. Trading Places in the European and Mediterranean Early Middle Ages. Seminari Del Centro Interuniversitario per la Storia e l'Archeologia Dell' Alto Medioevo 3. Brepols: Turnhout. 123-165

Past Research

In the 1990s, my research focussed on the development of Anglo-Saxon societies, primarily in northern England, especially on the rural settlement patterns and the complexities Anglo-Saxon society from the seventh to the eleventh centuries (See Flixborough Anglo-Saxon settlement and my publications). From 2000 onwards, I have broadened my research interests to examine evidence for lifestyles and social hierarchies amongst Continental societies from the seventh to twelfth centuries. This was achieved with the support of the British Academy and involved a series of archaeological survey projects with French and Belgian colleagues, examining the dynamics of rural societies in areas that were formerly part of the Carolingian Frankish realms, namely coastal Flanders and the Loire valley (see Leffinge and www.cambridge.org/9781107037632).

Future Research

Over the next five years my research will focus on larger scale survey and excavation at Stavnsager-Ammelhede in northeast Jutland, in order to understand whether the central place comprised several settlement foci juxtaposed, or one single settlement covering the entire 150 hectares. If the latter is true, then the settlement can be interpreted as having become one of the first towns in Denmark, between the 7th and 11th centuries. Currently, there do not appear to be significant chronological shifts in the use of space within the 150-hectare artefact scatter. Therefore, it is conceivable that the entire 150-hectare area was occupied between the later 7th/8th and 11th centuries. Key research themes will be the origins, nature and demise of the Stavnsager-Ammelhede settlement - probably relating to the silting up of the Oxenbaek-Grund Fjord waterway. A series of articles have been published in Academic Journals and edited volumes, between 2007 and 2013, to be followed by a Volume on the Surveys and pilot excavations, in turn followed by larger excavation, finds and synthesis volumes.

  • C.P. LOVELUCK, K. STRUTT, WITH P. CLOGG, 2014. From hamlets to central places: integrated survey and excavation strategies for the social analysis of settlements in northern Europe, dating from c. AD 400-1100. In: R. FIEDEL, K. HOILUND NIELSEN AND E. STIDSING, ed., Wealth and Complexity. Economically specialized sites in Late Iron Age Denmark Museum Ostjylland Monograph, Randers. (In Press.)
  • M. CARVER AND C. LOVELUCK WITH AL., 2013. Early Medieval. In: J. RANSLEY AND F. STURT WITH J. DIX, J. ADAMS AND L. BLUE, ed., People and the Sea. A Maritime Archaeological Research Agenda for England, CBA Research Report 171 York: Council for British Archaeology. 113-137
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2013. Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, c. AD 600-1150: a comparative archaeology Cambridge University Press.
  • C.P. LOVELUCK, 2012. Central places, exchange and maritime-oriented identity around the North Sea and western Baltic, AD 600-1100. In: S. GELICHI AND R. HODGES, ed., From One Sea To Another. Trading Places in the European and Mediterranean Early Middle Ages. Seminari Del Centro Interuniversitario per la Storia e l'Archeologia Dell' Alto Medioevo 3. Brepols: Turnhout. 123-165
  • FIEDEL, R., NIELSEN, K.H. and LOVELUCK, C., 2011. From hamlet, to central place, to manor. Social transformation of the settlement at Stavnsager, eastern Jutland, and its networks, AD 400-1100. In: PANHUYSEN, T.A.S.M., ed., Transformations in North-Western Europe (AD 300-1000): proceedings of the 60th Sachsensymposion 19.-23, September 2009 Maastricht Theiss. 161-176
  • C.P. LOVELUCK AND D. EVANS, 2011. Flixborough British Archaeology, No 116. 14-19
  • C.P. LOVELUCK AND L. LAING, 2011. Britons and Anglo-Saxons. In: H. HAMEROW, S. CRAWFORD AND D.A. HINTON, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology OUP: Oxford. 550-571
  • LOVELUCK, C. and SALMON, Y., 2011. Exploring an early medieval harbour and settlement dynamics at Stavnsager, Denmark: a geo-archaeological dialogue Antiquity. 85(330), 1402-1417
  • C.P. LOVELUCK, 2011. Problems of the definition and conceptualisation of early medieval elites, AD 450-900: the dynamics of the archaeological evidence. In: R. LE JAN, F. BOUGARD AND H.-W. GOETZ, ed., Theories et Pratiques des Elites au Haut Moyen Age. Conception, Perception et Realisation Sociale, Haut Moyen Age 13 Brepols: Turnhout. 21-67
  • M.O.H. CARVER AND C.P. LOVELUCK EDS., 2010. Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework for England - The Early Medieval Period Working Draft University of Southampton/English Heritage.
  • EVANS, D.H. and LOVELUCK, C.P., eds., 2009. Life and economy at early medieval Flixborough, c. AD 600-1000: the artefact evidence Oxbow Books.
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2009. The dynamics of elite lifestyles in the rural world, AD 600-1150: archaeological perspectives from northwest Europe. In: F. BOUGARD, R. LE JAN, R. MCKITTERICK, ed., La culture du haut moyen age, une question d' elites, Haut Moyen Age 7 Brepols: Turnhout. 139-170
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2008. Review of M. Carver et. al., 2005. Sutton Hoo: A Seventh-century Princely Burial Ground and its Context Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 18(1), 134-136
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2007. Rural Settlement, lifestyles and social change in the later First Millennium AD: Anglo-Saxon Flixborough in its wider context. Excavations at Flixborough, Volume 4. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • LOVELUCK, C.P. and ATKINSON, D., 2007. The Early Medieval Settlement Remains from Flixborough, Lincolnshire: The Occupation Sequence, c. AD 600-1000. Excavations at Flixborough, Volume 1 Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2007. Caedmon's World: secular and monastic lifestyles and estate organisation in northern England, Ad 650-900. In: A. FRANTZEN AND J. HINES, ed., 'Caedmon's Hymn' and Material Culture in the World of Bede Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.
  • DANIELS, R. and LOVELUCK, C.P., eds., 2007. Anglo-Saxon Hartlepool and the Foundations of English Christianity. An archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon monastery Hartlepool: Tees Archaeology/English Heritage.
  • LOVELUCK, C.P. AND HOILUND NIELSEN, K., 2007. Fortid og Fremtid pa Stavnsager - om de Britiske Undersogelser August 2005 og de Forelobige Resultater. In: SMIT-JENSEN, J., ed., Kulturhistorisk Museum Randers Arbog 2006 Kulturhistorisk Museum Randers. 63-79
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2007. Chapters and editorial contributions. In: DOBNEY, K and JAQUES, D, BARRETT, J AND JOHNSTONE, C., eds., Farmers, Monks and Aristocrats. The Environmental Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Flixborough. Excavations at Flixborough, Volume 3 Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • LOVELUCK, C.P. and TYS, D., 2006. Coastal Societies, exchange and identity along the Channel and southern North Sea shores of Europe, AD 600-1000 Journal of Maritime Archaeology. 1(2), 140-169
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2005. Rural settlement hierarchy in the age of Charlemagne. In: STORY, J., ed., Charlemagne: empire and society Manchester: Manchester University Press. 230-258
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2004. <i>Terres noires</i> and early medieval rural settlement sequences: conceptual problems, descriptive limitations and deposit diversity. In: VERSLYPE, L. and BRULET, R., eds., Terres noires: dark earth: actes de la table-ronde internationale tenue à Louvain-la-Neuve, les 09 et 10 novembre 2001 Louvain-la-Neuve: Université catholique de Louvain. 86-96
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2003. L 'habitat anglo-saxon de Flixborough: dynamiques sociales et styles de vie (VIIe-XIe siecle) Les Nouvelles de l'Archéologie, No. 92. 16-20
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2003. The Archaeology of post-Roman Yorkshire, AD 400-700 - overview and future research directions. In: T. MANBY, S. MOORHOUSE AND P. OTTAWAY, ed., The Archaeology of Yorkshire. An assessment at the beginning of the 21st century, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds, UK. 151-170
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2003. Saxons in Europe. Review of H. Hamerow, 2002, Early Medieval Settlements - The archaeology of rural communities in north-west Europe, 400-900, Oxford University Press British Archaeology, No. 73. 34
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2003. Review of A. Verhulst, 2002, The Carolingian Economy, Economic History Review. 56, 382-383
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2002. The Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon transition: Social transformations from the Late Roman to Early Medieval period in Northern England, AD 400-700. In: , ed., Past, Present and Future: The Archaeology of Northern England Durham: Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland. 127-148
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2001. Wealth, Waste and Conspicuous Consumption: Flixborough and its importance for Middle and Late Saxon rural settlement studies. In: H. HAMEROW AND A MACGREGOR, ed., Image and Power in the Archaeology of Early Medieval Britain. Essays in honour of Rosemary Cramp, Oxford: Oxbow Books. 78-130
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2001. Review of H. Geake and J. Kenny, eds., 2000: Early Deira Archaeological studies of the East Riding in the fourth to ninth centuries AD Archaeological Journal. 158, 398-399
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 2001. A match made in heaven or a marriage of convenience? The problems and rewards of integrating palaeo-ecological and archaeological data. In: Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose, Dordrecht, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 149-175
  • LOVELUCK, C.P and DENT, J. AND FLETCHER, W., 2000. The early medieval site at Skerne. In: S. ELLIS AND R. VAN DE NOORT, ed., Wetland Heritage of the Hull valley An Archaeological Survey Hull: University of Hull/English Heritage. 217-242
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1999. The Flixborough Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Lincolnshire. In: A.C.H. OLIVIER, ed., Archaeology Review 1997-98 English Heritage/HMSO. 101-105
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1999. Archaeological expressions of the transition from the Late Roman to Early Anglo-Saxon period in lowland East Yorkshire. In: P. HALKON AND M. MILLETT, ed., Rural Settlement and Industry: Studies in the Iron Age and Roman Archaeology of Lowland East Yorkshire Yorkshire Archaeological Society and East Riding Archaeology Society, Otley. 228-236
  • LOVELUCK, C. P., 1998. A high-status Anglo-Saxon settlement at Flixborough, Lincolnshire. Antiquity. VOL 72(NUMBER 275), 146-161
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1998. Review of K.R. Dark, ed., 1996: External Contacts and the Economy of Late Roman and Post-Roman Britain, Archaeological Journal. 155, 402-404
  • LOVELUCK, C.P. and DOBNEY, K.M., 1998. Flixborough. In: S. ELLIS AND R. VAN DE NOORT, ed., Wetland Heritage of the Ancholme and Lower Trent valleys An Archaeological Survey Hull: University of Hull/English Heritage. 159 - 163
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1997. Flixborough - the character and economy of a high-status Middle Saxon settlement in northern England. In: G. DE BOE AND F. VERHAEGHE, ed., Rural Settlements in Medieval Europe 6. Zellik: Instituut vor het Archeologisch Patrimonium. 179-194
  • LOVELUCK, C., 1997. Uncovering an Anglo-Saxon 'royal' manor British Archaeology. ISSUE 28, 8-9
  • LOVELUCK, C., 1996. The Development of the Anglo-Saxon Landscape: Economy and Society 'On Driffield', East Yorkshire, 400-750 AD Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History. VOL 9, 25-48
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1995. Acculturation, Migration and Exchange: The Formation of an Anglo-Saxon Society in the English Peak District, 400-700 AD. In: Europe Between Late Antiquity And The Middle Ages, British Archaeological Reports Ltd, Oxford, UK. 84-98
  • LOVELUCK, C.P., 1992. Regional exchange indicators and exchange mechanisms: the case study of Early Anglo-Saxon East Yorkshire In: Medieval Europe 1992-York. 69-75

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