I am an experienced field archaeologist and a broadly trained historical archaeologist, specializing in the history of archaeology and the archaeological study of religion. In my dissertation, “Material Belief: A Critical History of Archaeological Approaches to Religious Change in Anglo-Saxon England”, I undertook a large-scale study which built a narrative of the history of the conversion of the English from the eighth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century, tracing the layers of development built through centuries of reading and re-reading early medieval texts through the lens of a complex material record. In this dissertation I examined the body of antiquarian and archaeological literature from 1500 to the present day and I argue that our current understanding of this period is influenced by the many generations of scholars who have come before. The role of the historical, antiquarian, and archaeological study of the Anglo-Saxon period in forming English national identity is well understood, but my research has expanded our understanding to encompass religious identity.
I am also very interested in educating the wider public about archaeology and our shared past.
FYS 103 Writing Archaeology