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Stuart Brookes

  • BA, PGD Till, MA, PhD, FSA
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Associate 
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Assistant Editor, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine

Current Research Project

Travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England

The subject of travel and communication is central to the study of society in any period, important for matters of commerce, warfare, polity-identity, etc. This 3-year Leverhulme Trust-funded research project will be the first interdisciplinary, national study of the routeway infrastructure of Anglo-Saxon England (ASE), drawing upon historical, archaeological, landscape, linguistic and literary sources.

Research Interests

  • Geographical approaches to state formation. Spatial manifestations of culture. Border and frontier formation. Heterarchies and hierarchies. Analysis of territories, especially hundreds, parishes, shires, kingdoms. GIS approaches to modeling communications and settlement patterns.
  • The development of towns, particularly ports and strongholds. Plan-form analysis of towns and fortifications. Linking urban development to coastal reconstruction.
  • Databasing and quantitative analysis of inter-disciplinary data. I have been compiling large datasets of burial evidence; settlement data; place-names and historical data, and am interested in ways of compiling, interrogating and disseminating large datasets.
  • Social organization as interpreted from burial. Chronological and spatial patterns in intra- and inter- cemetery assemblages. Statistical and macro-economical approaches to cemetery data.
  • Nails, clench-nails and bolts, and their use in boats, doors, beds, coffins, etc.
  • Phenomenological approaches to landscape. How to characterize and document ‘places’. Viewshed and soundshed analysis.
  • Archaeology of Kent, London, southern England, Germany, Scandinavia.

Research Directory Records

Collaborations

Educational Background

  • 2008: PGD in Teaching in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2003: PhD Archaeology – UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • 2003: PGC in Teaching in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 1998: MA Research Methods for the Humanities – UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • 1996: BA Medieval Archaeology – UCL Institute of Archaeology

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