Academic Research

Up until recently I was engaged in research at the University of Oxford, and I'm currently a tutor at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the History of Lincolnshire. The main focus of my recent academic work has been an interdisciplinary study of early medieval eastern Britain from c. AD 400–850, making use of all of the available archaeological, historical, literary and linguistic evidence. Key topics discussed in my published work relating to this include the existence of a British polity in the post-Roman Lincoln region and the origins of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms; the nature and degree of Anglian–British interaction in the fifth to eighth centuries; Anglo-Saxon population groups, meeting-places, territories and administrative units in the landscape; the origins of Lindisfarne and the kingdom of Bernicia; and the importance of metal-detecting and place-names to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon history. I also have a significant research interest in the medieval Arthurian legend, early Welsh literary and historical texts, and medieval pseudo-histories set in the post-Roman period, with a number of academic pieces published on these topics. More recently, I have been increasingly looking at questions relating to long-distance trade, migration & contact, especially with regard to trans-continental trading in Late Antiquity and Britain's pre-modern relationship with the wider world.

Further details of my research interests and academic publications are available on my main academic website, my Cambridge staff page, and my site.