This website was originally called ‘finds and features‘ – a commonly used phrase in the ‘grey-literature’ of commercial archaeology. Referring to objects (finds) and the alterations to the landscape below ground (features) that are uncovered during excavation.
I worked in archaeology until 2015. You can find my formal publications, reviews and my PhD thesis here. I am no longer active in archaeological research, but I want my work to be accessible to people who are.
I started writing here in 2008. I was initially inspired by all of the fascinating archaeology I was reading about and analysing whilst working for English Heritage on the Greater London Heritage Environment Record. I continued to write when I started my PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, on the scientific analysis of technological materials. During this period I self-taught myself GIS mapping, and my work for English Heritage combined big datasets with maps so you’ll also see some GIS work here. I held a number of Teaching Assistant positions, and occasionally I posted about my experiences teaching and learning. I like a good dataset, and I also became fascinated with hands-on practical aspects of ancient technologies, including smithing and casting, so there’s quite a mix of blog posts.
You can also see all of my blog posts about archaeology under the following categories:
- Conferences, including posts about and reviews of conferences I attended
- Research, including some articles about bloomery iron production and analysis work
- Teaching, which mostly relates to times I took undergraduate and postgraduate lectures as a guest or Teaching Assistant
- Posts on digital data sources and associated digital humanities topics
- Outreach events or activities I took part in or wrote about
- Experimental activities, including replication of archaeological items
I have a number of pages of bibliographies relating to archaeological materials research. Why post bibliographies? Many archaeology papers aren’t published online, and older journals sometimes don’t even post indexes of their papers online. How do you know if there are papers out there that cover exactly what you’re looking for? Well, sometimes I’ve been lucky and a search online has revealed an article title in someone else’s bibliography that has been just perfect. So I post mine here, just in case I can return the favour. They are in the following categories, and tend to stop before 2015:
- Using statistics on archaeological data
- Thought and theory in archaeology
- Archaeological analysis of ceramics, particularly in relation to technological use
- The production of copper and its use in copper objects, including analysis of the composition of copper objects
- The production and use of glass as a material, and its use in enamels
- Gold and silver, primarily in small objects but also the production of gold
- Iron (and steel) use, analysis of, and production, including analysis of waste products.