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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)

 

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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

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.

Articles

Book Chapters

    Barclay, A., & Grant, M. (2017). Dating the Cauldron Pit. In A. Baldwin, & J. Joy (Eds.), A Celtic Feast: The Iron Age Cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire. (Vol. 203, pp. 95-96). [11] London: The British Museum.
    Sturt, F., Dix, J., & Grant, M. J. (2017). Industry-linked research: submerged landscapes in English waters. In G. N. Bailey, J. Harff, & D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf. (pp. 425-436). [28] (Coastal Research Library; Vol. 20). Cham, CH: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_28
    Grant, M. (2017). Pollen. In L. Higbee, & L. Mepham (Eds.), Living on the Edge: Archaeological investigations at Steart Point, Somerset. (pp. 72-74). (Wessex Archaeology Occasional Paper). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Grant, M. (2015). Pollen. In A. Barclay, L. Mepham, A. P. Powell, & C. J. Stevens (Eds.), Imperial College Sports Grounds and RMC Land, Harlington: The development of prehistoric and later communities in the Colne Valley and on the Heathrow Terraces. (pp. 283-293). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Grant, M. J. (2015). Pollen analyses. In L. Tizzard, A. Bicket, & D. DeLoecker (Eds.), Seabed Prehistory: Investigating the Palaeogeography and Early Middle Palaeolithic Archaeology in the Southern North Sea. (pp. 46-66). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Cooke, N., & Grant, M. J. (2014). Bingham Basin environs: early holocene to iron age environment and activity. In N. Cooke, & A. Mudd (Eds.), A46 Nottinghamshire: The Archaeology of the Newark to Widmerpool Improvement Scheme, 2009. (pp. 71-96). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Harding, P., Ellis, C., & Grant, M. J. (2014). Late upper palaeolithic Farndon Fields. In N. Cooke, & A. Mudd (Eds.), A46 Nottinghamshire: The Archaeology of the Newark to Widmerpool Improvement Scheme, 2009. (pp. 12-70). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Grant, M. (2013). Pollen Analysis. In M. Papworth (Ed.), Excavations at Thorncombe Beacon, Doghouse Hill and Golden Cap on the Golden Cap Estate, West Dorset. (pp. 205-247). (Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society; Vol. 134). Dorchester, GB: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.
    Barnett, C., Grant, M. J., Bates, M., Cameron, N., Harding, P., Smith, D., ... Wyles, S. F. (2013). The Lea Valley. In M. Bates, & E. Stafford (Eds.), A geoarchaeological approach to the investigation of the river floodplain for High Speed I, 1994-2003. (pp. 59-72). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Wyles, S. F., Stevens, C. J., & Grant, M. J. (2012). Economic plants: charred and waterlogged remains, and pollen. In A. B. Powell (Ed.), 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. (pp. 313-326). (Wessex Archaeology Report). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Stevens, C. J., Grant, M. J., Northcott, D., & Wyles, S. F. (2012). Environmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations. In A. B. Powell (Ed.), 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. (pp. 329--408). (Wessex Archaeology Report). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Stevens, C. J., Powell, A. B., & Grant, M. J. (2012). The origins and early occupants of the Lea Valley. In A. B. Powell (Ed.), 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. (pp. 17-32). (Wessex Archaeology Report). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Grant, M. J. (2011). Appendix V: Pollen Analysis. In J. Russell, L. Tizzard, & D. DeLoecker (Eds.), Seabed Prehistory: Site Evaluation Techniques (Area 240). Synthesis: Appendices. (pp. 36-45). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology. DOI: 10.5284/1008287
    Grant, M. J., & Waller, M. P. (2010). Holocene fire histories from the edge of Romney Marsh. In M. Waller, E. Edwards, & L. Barber (Eds.), Romney Marsh: Persistence and Change in a Coastal Lowland. (pp. 53-73). Sevenoaks, GB: Romney Marsh Research Trust.
    Grant, M. J., Barber, K. E., & Hughes, P. D. M. (2009). Early to mid-Holocene vegetation-fire interactions and responses to climatic change at Cranes Moor, New Forest. In R. M. Briant, M. R. Bates, R. T. Hosfield, & F. F. Wenban-Smith (Eds.), The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide. (pp. 198-214). London, GB: Quaternary Research Association.
    Hosefield, R. T., Wenban-Smith, F. F., & Grant, M. J. (2009). Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology of the Solent Basin and western Sussex region. In R. M. Briant, M. R. Bates, R. T. Hosfield, & F. F. Wenban-Smith (Eds.), The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide. (pp. 215-233). London, GB: Quaternary Research Association.
    Grant, M. J., Barber, K. E., & Hughes, P. D. M. (2009). True ancient woodland? – 10,000 years of continuous woodland cover at Mark Ash Wood, New Forest. In R. M. Briant, M. R. Bates, R. T. Hosfield, & F. F. Wenban-Smith (Eds.), The Quaternary of the Solent Basin and West Sussex Raised Beaches: Field Guide. (pp. 215-229). London, GB: Quaternary Research Association.

Conference

    Foteu Madio, E. S., Dykes, A. P., Waller, M. P., Hughes, P. D. M., & Grant, M. J. (2012). Botanical and geotechnical influences on peat instability. In E. Eberhardt, C. Froese, K. Turner, & S. Leroueil (Eds.), Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Protecting Society through Improved Understanding, Proceedings of the 11th International & 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides, Alberta, Canada, June 2012. (pp. 421-427). Boca Raton, US: CRC Press.

Reports

Dr Michael James Grant
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number:NOCS/184/17

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

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