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Christopher Booth

PhD Candidate (M3C Funded),

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Biography

I am an archaeologist and historian who specialises in the material culture and sensory experience of medicine and science in the late medieval and early modern periods, focusing on Britain and the British North Atlantic incorporating Colonial North America and the Caribbean. I trained at the University of Sheffield where I gained by BA and MA with research on the material culture of distillation and monastic chemistry. I have also worked in commercial archaeology with Albion Archaeology in Bedford, museums and collections with the St Albans Museums and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and held an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship at The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA in 2018. I am currently focusing on the apothecary shop as a sensory space and a nexus of many encounters key to many areas of interest in the social and cultural history and archaeology of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Research Summary

My project presents a new approach to the archaeology of medicine and pharmacy in the early modern period and will make a significant contribution to medical humanities scholarship by producing a… read more

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Current Research

My project presents a new approach to the archaeology of medicine and pharmacy in the early modern period and will make a significant contribution to medical humanities scholarship by producing a synthesis of the archaeological and historical evidence to provide new insights into the medical practice, social role, and cultural importance of apothecaries in the British Colonial Atlantic region from c.1500 until 1815. Although so far under-studied, my project aims to assess the archaeological and material culture evidence for apothecaries in Britain, Ireland, and the British Colonial Atlantic. Analysing the material culture evidence alongside documentary sources related to both specific sites and the profession of the apothecary in general, my thesis will explore how the work and status of apothecaries was affected by being at the centre of new global networks of exchange, as well as being intimately involved in the rapid commercialisation of health-care in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I will also use these data to examine how apothecaries used material culture to engender trust in their patients as medicine became more and more removed from home-produced traditional herbal remedies.

Past Research

I have previously researched the development of the material culture used for distillation from the early medieval period to the early modern, as well as the material culture of alchemy and chymistry in medieval British monasteries.

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