ORCID: 0000-0001-9063-6851 Next Research Leave: 2018-19
Professor of Medieval European Archaeology, August 2017-present.
Research Associate, Department of History, Harvard University, 2016-present.
Site Director, Midlands-3-Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership for the University of Nottingham, August 2016 - present.
Head of Department, Department of Archaeology, August 2016 - end July 2017
Visiting Associate Professor in Medieval History, Department of History, Harvard University, Mass, USA, 2015 - 2016
Site Director for University of Nottingham, Midlands-3-Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, 2013-14
Director of Research, School of Humanities, 2013-14
Associate Professor and Reader in Medieval Archaeology, 2009 - July 2017
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.
The development of societies in northwest Europe, between Late Antiquity and the Central Middle Ages (AD 400 and 1350), with particular reference to coastal communities, landscape and settlement archaeology and geoarchaeology (metal economies, pollution and climate change).
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: V61BRI - The… read more
Over the last twenty years my research has focussed on exploring the dynamics of the social and economic development of the societies of northwest Europe from archaeological and inter-disciplinary… read more
A.F. MORE, N.E. SPAULDING, P. BOHLEBER, M.J. HANDLEY, H. HOFFMANN, E.V. KOROTKIKH, A.V. KURBATOV, C.P. LOVELUCK, S.B. SNEED, M. MCCORMICK and P.A. MAYEWSKI, 2017. Next-generation ice core technology reveals true minimum natural levels of lead (Pb) in the atmosphere: Insights from the Black Death GeoHealth. 1,
LOVELUCK, C and O'SULLIVAN, A, 2016. Travel, transport and communication to and from Ireland, c. AD 400-1100: an archaeological perspective. In: FLECHNER, R and MEEDER, S, eds., The Irish in Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Identity, Culture and Religion Palgrave MacMillan. 19-37
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
Over the last twenty years my research has focussed on exploring the dynamics of the social and economic development of the societies of northwest Europe from archaeological and inter-disciplinary perspectives, between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages, c. AD 400 - 1200. Principal themes of my research have included:
- Rural settlement hierarchies and associated lifestyles, between the seventh and twelfth centuries in northwest Europe, especially Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, northern Germany and Jutland (Denmark).
- Coastal and maritime-oriented societies of the North-Sea-, western Baltic-, Channel- and increasingly, the Atlantic coasts of northwest Europe. Themes have enquiry have focussed on their nature, networks and roles as catalysts of change.
- Integrated use of geoarchaeology, geophysical and geochemical survey, and ground-penetrating radar with archaeological excavations in the social analysis of settlements and landscapes.
- The role of exchange and specialist production of raw materials (especially of metals) in early medieval societies. Previous research focussed on the role of the control of lead production and iron production by Anglo-Saxon societies in the sixth and seventh centuries. New research is focussing on production and exchange of salt and metals and their impact on Atlantic Europe, between the seventh and thirteenth centuries.
- The development of different forms of town in the early and central Middle Ages (c. AD 600 - 1200), from major port-cities to rural villages holding the judicial status of towns, and their associated societies and networks.
My current research themes/projects comprise:
- Atlantic Europe from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, c. AD 400-1100, including a co-authored book project with Prof Aidan O'Sullivan (UCD), and research on production and trade of metals and salt along the Atlantic seaboard (supported by the Department of History, Harvard University and the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, Harvard, in 2015-16, and the University of Nottingham (2018-19)..
- The Historical Ice Core project: exploring climate change and macro-societal, economic and demographic changes between c. 1500 BC to the present, using pollution and climate proxies from an Alpine ice core at ultra-high chronological resolution. This inter-disciplinary project is led jointly by the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, Harvard University; and the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. The current research of the team is focussing on early medieval to early modern lead pollution as proxies for major economic and social changes, impact of pandemics, and environmental impact on human health. (Funded by The Arcadia Fund, London, 2013-present). My work focusses on the medieval archaeology, geoarchaeology and medieval history components of the project.
- 'Of Fire, Ice and People: Peak District lead production, human health and the environment over the last two millennia' (with Hannah O'Regan, and colleagues from the School of Geography, UoN, and the British Geological Survey). This project explores the lead pollution record and environmental change in the Peak District, Derbyshire, from peat cores, speleothems and the human remains of the historic population of the Peak District, from the Bronze Age to the Early Modern period. The lead pollution record is being explored as a proxy for lead and silver production in the Peak Distirct through time, and for its long-term impact on human health (funded through the University of Nottingham Research Priority Area - 'Sustainable Environments', 2017).
- Long-distance connections between northwest Europe, Iberia and the Islamic western Mediterranean, c. AD 900-1250.
- The role of peasant- and specialist (merchant/artisan) group agency in the social changes of the early medieval period in Europe, including participation (as Co-PI) in the Ecole Francaise de Rome/Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne partnership network, 'A la recherché des communautés du haut Moyen Âge: forms, pratiques, interactions', 2017-2021.
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. I have supervised/supervise 20 PhD students since 2006 (12 have successfully graduated, and 8 continue their studies). My current PhD students are:
Anja Rohde, Suzy Harrison, Camilla Bertini, Solenn Troadec, Sian Webb, Beatice Wallbank, Robert Francis, Fiona Moore. (5 are currently funded by the AHRC/Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and 2 by the University of Nottingham).
Selected past research projects include the following:
2011-2015: Participant in the international Research Network, 'La Competition dans les societes du haut Moyen Age', with French, Italian, Belgian, German, Spanish, British and American colleagues (Directed by the University of Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne).
2005-2014: The Stavnsager pre-Viking and Viking-age harbour settlement survey and excavation project (Co-director with Reno Fiedel and Karen Hoilund Nielsen, funded by the British Academy and East Jutland Museum, Randers, Denmark).
2010-2013: Co-Chair (with Prof Martin Carver) of the 'Early Medieval Working group' of the Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Agenda for England (funded by English Heritage).
2003-2011: Participant in International Research Network, 'Les Elites du haut Moyen Age', with French, Italian, Belgian, German, Spanish, British and American historians and archaeologists (Directed by the University of Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne)..
2000-2013: Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, c. AD 600-1150. A Comparative Archaeology (Comparative analysis project of the societies of early medieval Britain, France, Belgium, the southern Netherlands and Rhineland Germany, funded by the British Academy and the Arts & Humanities Research Council).
2002-2005: Leffinge Pilot Project (archaeological survey project) - early medieval settlement in the coastal plain of West Flanders, Belgium (Co-Director with Dries Tys, Free University of Brussels, funded by the British Academy, The Free University of Brussels, The Provincial Government of West Flanders and the Community of Middelkerke)
1995-2009: The Flixborough Anglo-Saxon settlement post-excavation and publication research project (Director, editor and principal author, funded by English Heritage)