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About us

The project has a dedicated team of researchers from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the Department of Archaeology, Durham University. The team combines expertise in Iron Age and early medieval north-western Europe, societal change, landscape archaeology, field archaeology fieldwork, GIS and spatial analysis.

Professor Andrew Reynolds - Principal Investigator
Professor of Medieval Archaeology - Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Andrew Reynolds is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. His research focusses on interdisciplinary approaches to social complexity in early medieval Europe, particularly in Anglo-Saxon England. He has worked on the landscape archaeology and history of legal culture, military organisation and travel and communication. He is currently working on field projects in England and France and is pursuing his interests frontiers and borderlands in early medieval societies.

Dr Tom Moore - Co-Investigator
Associate Professor – Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Tom Moore is a recognised expert in the British Iron Age. He has done extensive research on the dyke complexes of the Late Iron Age (often referred to as oppida), especially exploring the ways in which they were used to channel movement and monumentalize elements of the landscape. He has undertaken major survey fieldwork at one such dyke complex (Bagendon, Gloucestershire), including excavation of one of its previously undated linear earthworks. His work on reassessing the political structures of the Late Iron Age has challenged orthodoxies of unified tribes and kingdoms at this time, providing contrasting perspectives on the role of linear monuments in defining socio-political groups.


Dr Nicky Garland - Post Doctoral Research Associate
Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Nicky Garland is an experienced field archaeologist and post-doctoral researcher. His research focuses on the Iron Age, including the landscape setting and social role of later prehistoric earthworks. By employing spatial analysis of large-scale datasets, Nicky has developed novel multi-scalar theoretical frameworks to understand the relationship between sites/structures and wider social processes. Nicky has 12 years’ experience designing and leading fieldwork projects and has worked as a researcher on numerous projects including the NLHF 'Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology project (WallCAP)’, the AHRC funded Crisis or continuity: Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain’ and the AHRC/English Heritage funded 'Exeter: A Place in Time'


Dr Barney Harris - Post Doctoral Research Associate
Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Barney Harris completed his PhD at UCL in July 2019 and has developed a revised framework for estimating the labour required to construct large-scale, Neolithic earthworks and the implications of these structures for the societies that built them. In addition, he has experience designing and deploying large-scale, spatially-enabled, relational databases, scripted processing and analysing of 3D and other geospatial data, and has developed variety of innovative, quantitative methods for investigating the relationship between archaeological features and the wider landscape.


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