I currently work as lecturer in medieval archaeology at Cardiff University, where I teach courses on medieval archaeology and archaeological ceramics and am actively undertaking research into these areas.
Prior to joining the department at Cardiff I worked for English Heritage (now Historic England) as Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments in London and the South East, where I provided development management advice in relation to nationally significant scheduled monuments. I have also worked in a development management archaeologist role in east Berkshire, as a ceramic specialist at Southampton museum and taught at Birkbeck College, University of London and worked as a researcher on projects at Cambridge University and University College London.
My doctoral research, undertaken at the University of Southampton between 2007-2011, examined the social role of pottery in medieval Southampton from the mid-Saxon period to the Black Death. In particular, this study attempted to develop a relational, or non-representational, approach to the study of archaeological material culture, drawing particularly on the writing of Bruno Latour. The work examined how through the acquisition, use and deposition of pottery people were drawn into a variety of affective social networks through which identities and meanings were mediated.
Since then my research interests have developed in two main areas. The first is the study of medieval material culture, with a particular emphasis on the study of peasant material culture and the history of consumption and the second is the study of urban archaeology, particularly the archaeology of small towns. In both of these areas I am seeking to develop new approaches to archaeological material through the application of non-representational or assemblage based approaches, drawing on a variety of scholars including Latour, Deleuze & Guattari and Bennett. I also have an ongoing interest in exploring the role of documents as material culture.