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Steve specialises in the archaeology of objects and technology.  He is most well- known for his work on bone and antler craft (particularly hair combs), but has worked on ceramics and metalwork too, and enjoys the application of leading-edge scientific techniques to familiar materials.  

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Katherine is a historian of early medieval northern Europe, with a particular focus on England and Normandy. Her research reveals how narratives of Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age pasts have shaped—and continue to shape—ethnic and religious identities.

Her monograph, Heirs of the Vikings: History and Identity in Normandy and England, c.950-c.1015 is the first full-length comparative study of Scandinavian settlement and its written representation in Normandy and England.  Current projects include further research into the Norman historian Dudo of St-Quentin's presentation of vikings, and an investigation of childcare and conversion in early medieval societies.

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Dawn is an archaeologist and historian who has published widely on the society and cultures of Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking Age. She has focussed, in particular, on issues of ethnicity, migration, gender, childhood, and funerary practices.


Gareth is an archaeologist who specialises in reconstructing ceramic production practice. His expertise lies in the application of scientific techniques, in combination with historical and archaeological evidence, to provide insight into the development and dissemination of craft practices and pottery use in post-Roman Britain and Europe.


Julian specialises in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England, especially mortuary behaviour and settlement evolution. He has directed excavations of several Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian settlements, as well as the only Viking cremation cemetery in Britain. He undertook one of the first research projects to make use of metal-detected evidence to investigate the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy of England, and he is currently collaborating with Professor Dawn Hadley, on the Viking winter camp at Torksey, within a broader Tents to Towns, on the broader impact of the Viking Great Army.

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Ellie's research focuses primarily on place-names as sources of information about language, society and landscape in the past. She was the place-names researcher on the project 'Lordship and landscape in East Anglia CE 400-800', and Research Fellow on 'Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England'.  In her PhD, she found that similar language-contact situations across Viking-Age Britain left very different traces in later dialects.

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Matt's research interests are in Old Norse language and literature (especially poetry); the history and culture of Viking Age England; and medievalism and philology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He is the author of English Place-Names in Skaldic Verse (1998), Language and History in Viking Age England (2002), The Vikings and Victorian Lakeland: the Norse medievalism of W.G. Collingwood and his contemporaries (2009), and Viking Age Yorkshire (2014), and he is currently writing a book about the Victorians and the study of dialect.


Pragya Vohra is a lecturer in early medieval history. Pragya’s research focuses on the movement of people, the social dynamics of migration, settlement, and the creation of diaspora, as well as the manner in which these processes were remembered and memorialised.

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