My main research interest is the development of the societies, settlements and landscapes of early medieval Britain and northwest Europe. I am particularly interested in how the application of archaeological methods and stratigraphic analyses can throw new light onto old debates.
I also have research interests in the practice of community and professional archaeology.Future collaborative projects will hopefully include a further stage of the Lenton Priory project. I aim to help facilitate further integration between the Department of Archaeology and Trent & Peak Archaeology in relation to research, community and professional archaeology collaborations, particularly those that can deliver local and regional impact.
Present Teaching and Research Collaboration with The University of Nottingham, Department of Archaeology
Guest Lecturer 2012-13 and 2013-14: - 'Archaeology in the UK: Research & Professional Practice' and 'Practical Archaeology' (including assessments). Prior to this I also taught (and convened) Dark Age and Early Medieval Europe, Practical Archaeology (geophysics) and taught on a Carolingians to Crusades MA module and helped supervised MA theses.
- CBA community archaeology training placement manager – Up to September 2014 I provided management of a trainee to work co-ordinating volunteers at among other sites, Southwell and Toton (secured from Connected Communities). Toton is a £59,000 HLF scheme under my management that commenced with a geophysical survey evaluation funded by a £750 geophysical survey under the All Our Stories Connected Communities Hardship Funds.
- Through TPA I am managing specialist work commissioned by departmental members of staff (e.g. analysis of pottery from Southwell) and have brought commissioned work to members of department (e.g. Julian Henderson on glass form excavations at Clifton, Nottingham).
- I presented a Departmental Research Seminar in October 2013 on TPA work on the archaeology of Nottingham's new tram network
- Through my work at TPA, I have been able to provide training opportunities to students at Wollaton Hall, Lenton Priory and Nottingham Castle. For October and November 2014 this included a number of placements on the Lenton Priory excavation project in the City of Nottingham (£73,000 partnership project) with UoN support from Dr. Chris King.
- In 2014 I successfully obtained English Heritage funding (£10,000) with Dr. Chris King for a project entitled ‘Pre-1750 The pre- 1750 AD vernacular buildings of Southwell, Nottinghamshire: A survey of their social and historical context’ focussing on buildings at risk. This project is ongoing.