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The (re-)making of the North Sea world: politics, trade and long-distance interactions between Anglo-Saxon England and Merovingian Gaul in the 'long' seventh century in the Department of History  

Biography

I am a PhD student under the joint supervision of Dr Foxhall-Forbes and Prof. Semple in the departments of History and Archaeology.

I am interested in examining the interactions/connections that existed during the Early Medieval period (c. AD 600-800), and how interactions were sustained. My previous research focused on communication within and between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and used an interdisciplinary approach combining methodologies from both history and archaeology and incorporated topographical, written and numismatic evidence.

My PhD project widens my geographical focus and re-investigates interactions between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and northern Merovingian Gaul in the seventh century through three interlinked perspectives: political connections; trading networks and ecclesiastical ties. Most recent scholarship examines these regions separately, but using an interdisciplinary and transnational approach will produce a richer interpretation of regional relationships in the early Middle Ages. Through a comparative analysis of textual sources, material culture and manuscript evidence from both regions, my project re-evaluates our understanding of the importance of intercultural relationships to the formation and development of seventh-century kingdoms and culture, and investigates their wider significance in shaping and (re-)making the southern North Sea world. 

Academic Qualifications

BA(Hons) History (Distinction), Durham University (2015)

MA Medievial History (Distinction), Durham University (2016)

Conference Contributions

Papers:

2018: 'Pierced, Looped and Framed: The (re)-use of coins in jewellery in seventh-century Anglo-Saxon England', Seventh International Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage: England and the Wider World. Joint paper given with K. Haworth (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 13th October) 

2018: 'Pierced, looped and framed: the (re)use of coins in jewellery in seventh-century Anglo-Saxon England. An Introduction', Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS), joint paper given with K. Haworth. (University of Glasgow, 19-21 April) 

2017: 'Contacts, Coinage and Control in the southern North Sea: A reassessment of Anglo-Saxon and Merovingian coinage produced during the seventh century', Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium (Newcastle University, 1-2 December 2017)

2017: 'Coinage and connections between Merovingian Gaul and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the Seventh-Century', Sylloge of the Coins of the British Isles (SCBI) Symposium: 'Money between Ireland, Britain and Europe' (British Academy, 13th June 2017)

2016: 'An Overview of the 'Productive Sites' in the Kingdom of Northumbria, 600-800', Sylloge of the Coins of the British Isles (SCBI) Symposium: 'Evaluating Early Medieval Currency: Perspectives on Money and Coinage in Britain and Ireland, c. 500-1150' (British Academy, June 2016) Paper given during MA studies.

Posters:

2018: 'The (re-)making of the southern North Sea world: politics, trade and long-distance interactions between Merovingian Gaul and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the 'long' seventh century', Society for Medieval Archaeology Annual Conference 2018: 'Grave Concerns' (Durham University, 13-15 July)

Conference/Society organisation

2018-19: Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS) co-organiser (with K. Haworth and V. Lucas.) 

2017-18: Department of Archaeology Research Dialogues leader (with K. Haworth.) Co-organised a one day workshop entitled, 'The Materiality of Maritime Cultures and Connections' (Durham University, 26th June 2018) 

2017-18: Durham Medieval Archaeologists (DMA), joint-chair. 

2016-17: Durham's Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA), Co-conference Chair. Co-organised the eleventh annual conference, 'Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds' (Durham University, 11-12th July 2017)

Further roles

2018: Outreach tutor, ‘Fostering Aspirations with North-East Sixth Forms', Department of History, Durham University

2018: MEMSA Community Course tutor (Treasures of Durham and the North East, c. 500-1800 CE). 1 hour lecture followed by 1 hour interactive seminar. Title of session: 'Coins and communication during the 'Golden Age' of Northumbria A.D. 600-800' 

2017-2018: MEMSA Journal co-editor. Co-edited the proceedings of the 11th annual MEMSA conference. Journal available in both print and online format (July 2018).

Grants

2017: Research Dialogues Leader 2018

2016-2019: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Award

2015-6: Durham Postgraduate Taught Scholarship 

Publications

2018: Dominic Birch, Kelly Clarke and Katie Haworth (eds.), Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern World. Proceedings of the 2017 MEMSA Student Conference. MEMSA Journal 3 (Durham, 2018)

Teaching Experience

2019-2020: Lecturer for the level two Archaeology module, 'Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain in its European Context' (ARC2131)

2018-2019: Tutor for the level one History module, 'The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050' (HIST1011)

2017-2018: Tutor for the level one History module, 'The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050' (HIST1011) 

Research interests

  • Anglo-Saxon History
  • Anglo-Saxon Archaeology
  • Late Merovingian History
  • Late Merovingian Archaeology
  • Communication, connections and interactions in the Early Middle Ages

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