Institute of Archaeology


Diana C. Briscoe - Honorary Research Associate

Diana C. Briscoe
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • BA, PhD
  • Email: d.briscoe@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

The Archive of Anglo-Saxon Pottery Stamps (or AASPS), which is a project to record every stamp impression on early Anglo-Saxon ceramics, was founded by my late mother, Teresa (Lady) Briscoe. My father's mother, Grace (Lady) Briscoe, was also an archaeologist, who dug extensively in west Suffolk in the 1940s and 1950s. Because I worked as a book editor in commercial publishing, I changed jobs fairly regularly and so was able to assist my mother in making casts from some of the larger Anglo-Saxon cemeteries by timing my employment periods to fit museum access times. I also discussed reports and the formation of the Classification with her, and generally acted as her editor. I became interested in 'Romano-Saxon' pottery when on a casting expedition to Moyses Hall in Bury St Edmunds in the mid-1980s. Following my mother's death in 1995, I took over the AASPS, but decided that a very ancient BA in English Literature was not adequate and signed up for a BA in History and Archaeology at Birkbeck College. After I gained that degree, a PhD was the obvious next step, but I felt that using the AASPS Corpus would be unfair and so focussed my efforts on late Roman stamped pottery instead. I am currently the co-editor of London Archaeologist (with Jenny Hall) and the Treasurer/Membership Secretary of the Study Group for Roman Pottery.

Research Interests

I have volunteered to assist in preparing material to go online as part of the Early Medieval Atlas project, and in particular to construct distribution maps and databases of information as required. Most recently I have been preparing data from the Suffolk HER to be incorporated into the Rendlesham Project data.


Selected recent publications

  • 'The Phases of Spong Hill: widening the net.' In Lands and Seas: post-Roman transitions and relations across the Channel, North Sea and Baltic worlds, edited by Bintley, M et al. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 10. Canterbury, Kent: in preparation.
  • 'Two Important Stamp Motifs in Roman Britain and Thereafter.' Internet Archaeology 41, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.41.2
  • 'Stamps on Pots - a personal, tribal or national choice?' In Individual and Individuality? Approaches towards an Archaeology of Personhood in the First Millenium AD, edited by Ludowice, B., 43-54. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 4. Hannover, Germany: BWV GmbH for the Nieders√§chsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, 2013.
  • 'Continuity in Cambridge? Pot-stamp evidence for continuity from the fourth to fifth centuries AD.' In Studies in early Anglo-Saxon art and archaeology: papers in honour of Martin G. Welch, edited by Brookes, S.; Harrington, S. and Reynolds, A., 7-13. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2011.