Archaeology South-East


Michael Shapland

Position Held

  • Senior Historic Buildings Archaeologist

Research Interests

  • Theoretical approaches to the archaeology of standing buildings
  • The archaeology and architecture of the Anglo-Saxon church
  • Elite power structures of early medieval England

Professional Skills

  • Recording and interpreting historic buildings and landscapes
  • Experienced archaeological excavator
  • Lecturer in aspects of early medieval archaeology
  • Academic scholar with a record of research publications
  • Extensive record organising academic conferences and trips

Career Summary

  • 2013 - present    Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East
  • 2011 - 2012    Sessional lecturer in early medieval History, University of Winchester
  • 2008 - 2012    PhD in Archaeology, University College London
  • 2007 - 2008    Buildings Archaeologist, Field Archaeology Specialists, York
  • 2006 - 2007    MA in Buildings Archaeology, University of York
  • 2005 - 2006    Archaeologist, Museum of London.


  • PhD Archaeology, University College London
  • MA (Distinction) Archaeology of Buildings, University of York
  • BA (First Class) Archaeology, University College London

    Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

      • Committee Member, Society for Church Archaeology
      • Dissertation Prize Winner, Royal Archaeological Institute 
      • Member, Society for Medieval Archaeology
      • Anglo Saxon Tower-Nave Churches: PhD Research supervised by Professor Andrew Reynolds, this involved recording a group of free-standing early medieval towers and interpreting their social and landscape contexts
      • Enderby Wharf, Greenwich: Managed the archaeological recording of the wharf complex which became famous as the site where the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cables were manufactured
      • Riverside Studios, Hammersmith: Managed the archaeological recording of the former Triumph film studios, which were developed by the BBC into the forerunner of Television Centre, where many well-known television programmes continue to be made
      • Forthcoming, 'Anglo-Saxon Towers of Lordship'. Oxford University Press.
      • 2017, 'The House of Stilled Time: Stasis and Eternity in Anglo-Saxon Churches' in M. Bintley (eds) Stasis in the Medieval West? Questioning Change and Continuity. Palgrave Macmillan.
      • 2017, 'The Christopher, Ware: New Discoveries at a Late Medieval Coaching Inn', Hertfordshire Archaeology and History 18
      • 2017, 'Anglo-Saxon Lordly Towers and the  Origins of the Castle in England' in: D. M Hadley & C. C. Dyer (eds) The Archaeology of the Eleventh Century: Transformations and Continuities. Society for Medieval Archaeology.
      • 2016, 'The Origins and Symbolism of the Great Gatehouse at Battle Abbey', Sussex Archaeological Collections 154
      • 2015, (with J. Sanchez Pardo), 'Churches and Social Power in Early Medieval Europe', Brepols
      • 2015, 'The Origins and Symbolism of the Great Gatehouse at Battle Abbey', Sussex Archaeological Collections 153
      • 2015, 'The Cuckoo and the Magpie: the Building Culture of the Anglo-Saxon Church', in Clegg Hyer and Owen-Crocker, The Material Culture of the Built Environment in Anglo-Saxon England. Exeter University Press.
      • 2014, (with S. Green & A. Bevan), 'A Comparative Assessment of Structure from Motion Methods for Archaeological Research.' Journal of Archaeological Science 46
      • 2013, (ed. with Bintley), Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Oxford University Press
      • 2011, SS Simon and Jude, East Dean and St Andrew's, Jevington, Newsletter of the Friends of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust
      • 2010, 'In Unenvied Greatness Stands: The Lordly Tower-Nave Church of St Mary Bishophill Junior, York', Church Archaeology 14
      • 2008, 'St Mary's, Broughton, Lincolnshire: a thegnly tower-nave in the late Anglo-Saxon landscape', The Archaeological Journal 165, 471-519


      • 2014, 'Architecture and Interpretation: Essays for Eric Fernie', ed. by J. A. Franklin et al. (2012). Church Archaeology 17
      • 2013, 'Britons and Anglo-Saxons: Lincolnshire AD 400-650', by T. Green (2012). The Archaeological Journal 170
      • 2013, 'The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology', edited by H. Hamerow et al. (2011). Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 26
      • 2012, 'The Archaeology of Medieval Europe' (two vols), edited by J. Graham-Campbell et al. (2007/2012). Church Archaeology 16  
      • 2011, 'Holywell Priory and the Development of Shoreditch to c. 1600', by Raoul Bull et al. Museum of London Archaeology Monograph 53 (2011). Church Archaeology 15
      • 2011, 'Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England, c. 650-1100', edited by Jo Buckberry and Annia Cherryson (2010). Early Medieval Europe 19.4              
      • 2010, 'Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited', edited by M. Carver et al. (2010). Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26.2