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Dr Michael James Grant PhD, MSc, BSc

Enterprise Fellow in Marine Archaeology

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Dr Michael James Grant is Enterprise Fellow in Marine Archaeology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Qualifications
BSc (Hons) Oceanography with Physical Geography. Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2001)

MSc Geoarchaeology. School of Human and Earth Sciences, University of Reading (2002)

PhD: Physical Geography (Palaeoecology). Geography and Environment, University of Southampton (2005)

Employment
PDRA, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Kingston University (2006-2008)
Senior Environmental Archaeologist, Wessex Archaeology (2008-2013)
Enterprise Fellow, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2013-present)

 

Research

Responsibilities

Publications

Contact

Research interests

Michael's research is related to Quaternary science and archaeology, specialising in palaeoecology, geoarchaeology and geochronology. He is best known as a pollen analyst and for the development of scheme-wide deposit and archaeological predictive models, as well as the production of archaeological scheme-based integrated reports and syntheses.

Early research was focused around vegetation history, most notably within ancient woodlands such as the New Forest. This led to the development of a Leverhulme Trust funded postdoctoral position, at Kingston University, focused upon understanding the effects of woodland management techniques upon pollen production and dispersal, enabling improved interpretations of palaeoenvironmental records. Current research is focused on developing our understanding of natural and anthropogenic driven processes within terrestrial and coastal wetlands.

Michael is experienced in the delivery of commercial archaeology projects, having worked previously at Wessex Archaeology for over five years. He was instrumental in several major multi-period terrestrial and marine infrastructure projects including High Speed 1, A46 Newark to Windmerpool Improvements and the London Olympic Park. Michael has substantial experience of working on a wide range of marine infrastructure projects including port developments, renewable energy projects, marine aggregates and channel dredging. As part of this commercial work he was actively involved in several internationally important research projects including the Dunbridge Lower Palaeolithic handaxe site, Farndon Fields Late Upper Palaeolithic site and the English Heritage NHPP Actively 4G1 Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic in the Middle Kennet Valley Project.

His current position, as an Enterprise Fellow, is situated within the University of Southampton enterprise unit entitled 'Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS)'. This suitably combines his research and commercial fields of expertise. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of a wide variety of archaeology consultancy and research projects for the benefit of commercial partners, ensuring that projects are delivered on schedule and to high industry quality standards. So far this has included working on several major marine infrastructure projects, including Hinkley Point and Sizewell C Nuclear Power Stations and the London Array offshore wind farm.

Affiliate research groups: Centre for Maritime Archaeology, SMMI

Research group(s)

Geology and Geophysics

Michael is the main contact regarding the enterprise unit ‘Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS)' and is responsible for the delivery of maritime archaeological projects in conjunction with commercial partners.

Article(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Industry-linked research: submerged landscapes in English waters - Sturt, Fraser, Dix, Justin and Grant, Michael J.. In Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf - Bailey, G.N., Harff, J. and Sakellariou, D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2017
    Published by:
    Cham, CH
    Series:
    Coastal Research Library
    Volume:
    20
    Page Range:
    425-436
    doi:
    10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_28
  • Dating the Cauldron Pit - Barclay, Alistair and Grant, Michael. In A Celtic Feast: The Iron Age Cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire - Baldwin, Alexandra and Joy, Jody (eds.)
    Published:
    2017
    Published by:
    London
    Volume:
    203
    Page Range:
    95-96
  • Pollen - Grant, Michael. In Living on the Edge: Archaeological investigations at Steart Point, Somerset - Higbee, Lorrain and Mepham, Lorraine (eds.)
    Published:
    2017
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Occasional Paper
    Page Range:
    72-74
  • Pollen analyses - Grant, Michael J.. In Seabed Prehistory: Investigating the Palaeogeography and Early Middle Palaeolithic Archaeology in the Southern North Sea - Tizzard, Louise, Bicket, Andrew and DeLoecker, Dimitri (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    46-66
  • Pollen - Grant, Michael. In Imperial College Sports Grounds and RMC Land, Harlington: The development of prehistoric and later communities in the Colne Valley and on the Heathrow Terraces - Barclay, Alistair, Mepham, Lorraine, Powell, Andrew P. and Stevens, Chris J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    283-293
  • Late upper palaeolithic Farndon Fields - Harding, Phil, Ellis, Chris and Grant, Michael J.. In A46 Nottinghamshire: The Archaeology of the Newark to Widmerpool Improvement Scheme, 2009 - Cooke, Nicholas and Mudd, Andrew (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    12-70
  • Bingham Basin environs: early holocene to iron age environment and activity - Cooke, Nicholas and Grant, Michael J.. In A46 Nottinghamshire: The Archaeology of the Newark to Widmerpool Improvement Scheme, 2009 - Cooke, Nicholas and Mudd, Andrew (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    71-96
  • The Lea Valley - Barnett, Catherine, Grant, Michael J., Bates, Martin, Cameron, Nigel, Harding, Phil, Smith, David, Stevens, Chris J., Whittaker, John and Wyles, Sarah F.. In A geoarchaeological approach to the investigation of the river floodplain for High Speed I, 1994-2003 - Bates, Martin and Stafford, Elizabeth (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    59-72
  • Pollen Analysis - Grant, Michael. In Excavations at Thorncombe Beacon, Doghouse Hill and Golden Cap on the Golden Cap Estate, West Dorset - Papworth, M. (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Dorchester, GB
    Series:
    Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
    Volume:
    134
    Page Range:
    205-247
  • Environmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations - Stevens, C.J., Grant, M.J., Northcott, D. and Wyles, S.F.. In By River, Fields and Factories: The Making of the Lower Lea Valley – archaeological and cultural heritage investigations on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - Powell, A.B. (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Report
    Page Range:
    329--408
  • The origins and early occupants of the Lea Valley - Stevens, C.J., Powell, A.B. and Grant, M.J.. In By River, Fields and Factories: The Making of the Lower Lea Valley – archaeological and cultural heritage investigations on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - Powell, A.B. (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Report
    Page Range:
    17-32
  • Economic plants: charred and waterlogged remains, and pollen - Wyles, S.F., Stevens, C.J. and Grant, M.J.. In By River, Fields and Factories: The Making of the Lower Lea Valley – archaeological and cultural heritage investigations on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - Powell, A.B. (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Report
    Page Range:
    313-326
  • Appendix V: Pollen Analysis - Grant, Michael J.. In Seabed Prehistory: Site Evaluation Techniques (Area 240). Synthesis: Appendices - Russell, J., Tizzard, L. and DeLoecker, D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    36-45
    doi:
    10.5284/1008287
  • Holocene fire histories from the edge of Romney Marsh - Grant, M.J. and Waller, M.P.. In Romney Marsh: Persistence and Change in a Coastal Lowland - Waller, M., Edwards, E. and Barber, L. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Sevenoaks, GB
    Page Range:
    53-73
  • Early to mid-Holocene vegetation-fire interactions and responses to climatic change at Cranes Moor, New Forest - Grant, M.J., Barber, K.E. and Hughes, P.D.M.. In The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide - Briant, R.M., Bates, M.R., Hosfield, R.T. and Wenban-Smith, F.F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    198-214
  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology of the Solent Basin and western Sussex region - Hosefield, R.T., Wenban-Smith, F.F. and Grant, M.J.. In The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide - Briant, R.M., Bates, M.R., Hosfield, R.T. and Wenban-Smith, F.F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    215-233
  • True ancient woodland? – 10,000 years of continuous woodland cover at Mark Ash Wood, New Forest - Grant, M.J., Barber, K.E. and Hughes, P.D.M.. In The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide - Briant, R.M., Bates, M.R., Hosfield, R.T. and Wenban-Smith, F.F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    215-229

Conference(s)

  • Botanical and geotechnical influences on peat instability - Foteu Madio, E.S., Dykes, A.P., Waller, M.P., Hughes, P.D.M. and Grant, M.J.
    Event:
    11th International Symposium on Landslides and 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Boca Raton, US
    Page Range:
    2050pp , 421-427

Monograph(s)

Dr Michael James Grant
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
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Southampton
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United Kingdom

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Telephone:(023) 8059 9610
Email:M.J.Grant@soton.ac.uk

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