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Joseph Flatman

I am the Head of Central Casework and Programmes at English Heritage, based out of their central London offices and working as part of the Designation Department. My role includes leading the Central Casework, Programmes and Marine Designation Teams. These teams lead the delivery of the national designation casework process (listing historic buildings, scheduling archaeological sites, registering parks, gardens and battlefields and protecting wrecks), provide central support and liaison with DCMS, and promote the increase in designation activity through the provision of guidance, training, outreach and policy development.

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists. I am also an elected trustee of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA).

Between 2006-12 I was the County Archaeologist of Surrey and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Prior to these positions I held lectureships at the University of Flinders (Adelaide) in 2005-06 and at Cardiff University in 2004-05. I have also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Bristol and as an archaeological tutor at the University of Southampton, as well as a freelance heritage consultant.

I have a BA in Archaeology and History (1997), an MA in Maritime Archaeology (1999) and a PhD in Archaeology (2003), all from the University of Southampton.

Research Interests

  • with A. Evans and N. Flemming (eds.) in press 2014 Prehistoric Archaeology of the Continental Shelf: A Global Review. New York: Springer.
  • in press 2013 Archaeology: A Beginner’s Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.
  • with N. Richards and V. Dellino-Musgrave (eds.) 2013 Underwater and Maritime Archaeology Section, in C. Smith (editor in chief) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer.
  • with J. Adams 2013 High to Post-Medieval, 1000-1650, in J. Ransley and F. Sturt (eds.) People and the Sea: a Maritime Archaeological Research Agenda for
  • with Perring, D. 2012 The National Planning Policy Framework and Archaeology: A Discussion, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 22: 4-38, http://www.pia-journal.co.uk/issue/view/24
  • with M. Rockman (eds.) 2012 Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World. New York: Springer.
  • 2012 The Past, Present and Future of Rescue Archaeology in England, Post-Classical Archaeologies 2: 279-98.
  • 2012 What the Walrus and the Carpenter Didn’t Talk About: Maritime Archaeology and the Near Future of Energy, in M. Rockman and J. Flatman (eds.) Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World. New York: Springer. 167-92.
  • 2012 Conclusion: the Contemporary Relevance of Archaeology – Archaeology and the Real World? in M. Rockman and J. Flatman (eds.) Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World. New York: Springer. 291-304.
  • 2011 Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (winner of the Current Archaeology ‘Book of the Year’ award in 2012)
  • 2011 Places of Special Meaning: Westerdahl’s Comet, ‘Agency’, and the Concept of the ‘Maritime Cultural Landscape’, in B. Ford (ed.) Contributions to the Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes (When the Land Meets the Sea Series, Volume I). New York: Springer. 311-29.
  • 2009 Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts. London and Chicago: British Library Press and the University of Chicago Press.

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