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On Teleology

For a long time after 2012, when I graduated from the University of York, I was haunted by a particular line of argument that (to my mind) always became cyclical – a paradox. 1,486 more words


Monument Examination: The Cat Stones (Aill na Mireann) - A Bronze Age Site

Time Period: Primarily Bronze Age (2500 BC  – 700 BC in Ireland)

Site Type: Natural Feature / Ceremonial Structure

Importance to Humanity: Shows evidence of construction and early organised ceremonial worship. 2,057 more words


Offa's Dyke and the Clywedog

I have a long-standing interest in early medieval kingship, kingdoms and communities and their monumental expressions, but very little time and effort spent thinking about and exploring linear earthworks. 505 more words

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An interview for "Medieval Herald"

Here’s the transcript for an interview I recently gave for Boydell and Brewer’s Medieval Herald XXII (2015, the original is published here)

Can you tell us about your career in archaeology to date and what lead you to focus on the early middle ages? 1,397 more words


Painting the past in 19th-century Norway

The 5th and 6th centuries AD have quite different meanings around present-day Europe.  The fact that we have multiple names for the period is telling.  In the Mediterranean East, for instance, this is the Byzantine era.   1,611 more words


Pondering regionality

I have recently been pondering the definition of regions, in the sense of carving England (or any country) up into contiguous zones of particular archaeological character. 1,413 more words


A confused person's guide to Trench 1

We thought it might be helpful, for regular users of the blog, to put up annotated photographs of our two trenches, as I am sure at times it is difficult to imagine just where the individual buildings and features lie. 409 more words