Research Degree Students
I am a part-time PhD student in the School of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester, supervised by Dr. Jodie Lewis (University of Worcester) and Dr. Lesley McFadyen (Birkbeck, University of London). My research interests are in prehistoric landscapes, especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age of southwest Britain, perceptions of the landscape, the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, the development of Neolithic culture, mobility, and archaeological theory.
This is evidenced through my PhD research, titled “Exploring human movement on and around Neolithic landscapes in western Britain”. This research seeks to explore Neolithic human movement through an investigation of two contrasting landscapes: the karst uplands of the Mendip Plateau, Somerset, and the valley landscape of the Walton Basin, Powys, Wales. At Mendip, gorges and combes offer natural routes between the hills and the marshy Somerset Levels, and at Walton, steep-sided valleys lead to an expansive basin environment flanked by visually prominent hills and ridges. There is little interpretation of how these landscapes worked, but the selection of two important yet contrasting Neolithic landscapes will allow a consideration of how movement may have influenced the placement of sites and monuments, and how sites and monuments may have influenced the movement of people, post-construction. By combining a theoretical methodology oriented around the sensory perceptions of one’s surroundings with an approach that considers how non-human agencies guided and were part of actions, an understanding of how these landscapes were approached, moved through and the meaning that movement itself may have had will emerge. This will help to contextualize these important places not only in their immediate environs, but also in the wider geography of the British Neolithic.
Outside of my research, I am the organiser of the 6th Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium (NEBARSS), a conference aimed specifically at postgraduates and early career academics whose research focuses on those periods, offering a formal yet relaxed environment in which they can disseminate their research.
BSc (Hons.) Archaeology and Landscape Studies, 2014, University of Worcester
“Archaeological Movements in Theory and Practice”
Session co-organiser; with Beth Hodgett, Birkbeck, University of London and Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and Samantha Brummage, Birkbeck, University of London
TAG Deva 2018, Chester
“Through hollow lands and hilly lands…”: Moving on and around Neolithic Mendip
TAG Deva 2018, Chester