- Primary position:
- Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
I joined the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2000. I was previously a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (1998-2000) and held the Phyllis and Eileen Gibbs Traveling Research Fellowship at Newnham College, University of Cambridge in 2000-2001. I gained my PhD from the University of Cambridge (1998).
My research combines innovative material culture based approaches with theoretical work. I have published widely on the European Copper and Bronze Ages, archaeologies of social identity (including archaeologies of the body, age and gender), and human osteoarchaeology. I currently lead the HERA-Funded Project Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) and am a co-director of the research at the Bronze Age Tell settlement at Százhalombatta, Hungary. From 2009-2012 I led the Southampton team in the EC-funded project Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe and from 2002-2006 was a partner in the EC-funded Emergence of European Communities Project. Other completed research projects include Disinter/est: Digging Up Our Childhood (2001-2007) a collaboration bringing together archaeology and arts practice. I have given invited lectures and keynote presentations in many countries including Argentina, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the USA, as well as in the UK. I am currently the external examiner for the University of Cambridge Part I Archaeology, sit on steering committees for a range of international projects and research groups, am a member of the Wenner Gren Foundation review panel and the AHRC peer review college, and regularly review for a number of other European research councils.
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My current research focuses on the European Copper and Bronze Ages. The Bronze Age was a period that saw the development of crafts that we take for granted today, as well as elaborately decorated objects with developments such as colour, pattern and texture in a range of materials using new and established technologies. I am particularly interested in the archaeology of creativity and craft and lead the HERA-funded international project Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA). I look at attitudes to technology and innovation, and study the connection between shifts in social structure, social identities, the introduction of new technologies and changes in artefact form through research into ceramics, as well as other materials and objects. I also explore relationships between different crafts. My work concentrates primarily on material from Central Europe and the Balkans although I have also worked on material from Britain and Atlantic Europe. I collaborate widely with colleagues in a number of European universities, museums, institutes and academies of science. Current collaborations include colleagues in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Serbia, and Romania, as well as in the UK.
A related area of interest is the exploration of the ways that Bronze Age craft can act as inspiration for contemporary crafts practice. In the Maker Engagement Project. I work with the Crafts Council and contemporary designers / makers to research the link between ancient and modern creativity through engagements with Bronze Age objects. In 2011-2012 I worked with students and staff from 5 Higher Education institutions in England running contemporary craft courses. This resulted in the CinBA Live Project Exhibition.
I co-direct the major international excavation project at the Bronze Age tell settlement at Százhalombatta, Hungary. I have worked at the site since 2000 and co-ordinate the study of the rich and complex ceramic assemblage. Every year I lead a team of students from the University of Southampton to excavate at the site.
I am a partner in the AHRC- funded PARNASSUS project (2010-2013). This is an interdisciplinary project examining the effects of floods and driving rain on historic buildings with collaboration between archaeologists, engineers, geographers, and architects. I am particularly interested in understanding long-term social responses to the built environment, as well as technologies of building with clay.
In addition to these concerns I am also interested in the archaeology of the body, and the philosophy and practice of bioarchaeology. This research explores issues of past social identity, including gender and age, through the human body. It considers the ways that archaeologists practice their discipline, in particular how they relate to skeletal bodies and how bioarchaeologists carry out their work.
Primary research group: Southampton Ceramics Research Group
Creativity and craft production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) brings together partners from the Universities of Southampton, Cambridge and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the National Museum of Denmark, the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Zagreb Archaeological Museum, Lejre Archaeological Park (Sagnlandet) and the Crafts Council.
PARNASSUS is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Southampton, UCL and the University of Bristol that is investigating the adverse environmental effects and adaptation measures needed for the protection of cultural heritage from climate change impact.
The Százhalombatta Archaeological Excavation (SAX) project is an international co-operation led by Dr Magdolna Vicze, (Director of the Matrica Museum, Százhalombatta), together with Dr Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge) and Dr Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton). Excavation is focusing on domestic contexts, revealing a detailed picture of life at the site.
Not teaching in 2012-13
I am keen to supervise postgraduate students in the following areas: European Copper and Bronze Age, creativity and craft in prehistory, archaeologies of the body (including theoretically informed human osteoarchaeology), and social identity (including age and gender) in prehistory.
I currently supervise PhDs with the following titles:
- Creativity in Clay: An Exploration of Bronze Age Creative Process and Material Consequence
- Markers of Occupational Stress n the Spine: a Novel Approach
- Islam in Iberia or Iberian Islam? Bioarchaeology and the Analysis of Religious Change
- Food Culture at the Bronze Age Tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary
- Influences of Woodcrafting on Metal Tool Development during the Late Bronze Age in Southern England
- A Bioarchaeological Approach to Gender and Health
- From Fresh Cadaver to Skeletal Matter. An Archaeothanatological and Anthropological Approach to the Study of Cluniac Funerary Practices