Stuart Brookes
  • s.brookes@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4790
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  • Room 411
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Stuart Brookes

Current Research

Early Medieval Atlas

The Early Medieval Atlas is a long-term collaborative venture which is collating and analysing spatial evidence for early medieval Britain.

Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia CE 400-800

This Leverhulme Trust-funded project (2017-2020) will integrate the evidence of archaeology, place-names, landscape history, numismatics and materials science to characterise the central place at Rendlesham and locate it within its immediate physical, economic and cultural landscapes; model settlement and landscape in SE Suffolk to investigate regional socio-economic networks, hierarchies and dynamics; undertake comparative analysis of further case studies in East Anglia to investigate whether similar or different factors are in play; and assess the results against the broader contexts of Britain, northern Europe and Scandinavia.

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 (2014-17) 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


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

Current students

Second supervisor

  • Robert Briggs An interdisciplinary study of the significance of Old English -ingas in Anglo-Saxon society and culture, with special reference to place-names (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds
  • Scott Chaussee Social landscape of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Sussex Hana Lewis Pattern and process in Anglo-Saxon rural settlement (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds
  • Hana Lewis Pattern and process in Anglo-Saxon rural settlement archaeology (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds

Completed PhD students

  • Rosalind Broadley From wics to monasteries and palaces: Early Medieval vessel glass from settlement contexts (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds
  • Jay Rees Settlement Patterns in Roman Galicia: 27BC – Second Century AD (principal supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Tom Williams Landscape and warfare in early medieval Britain (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds

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