Dr Matt Edgeworth

matt edgeworthHonorary Research Fellow

BA, PhD (Dunelm.) MIFA, FSA

Email: me87@le.ac.uk

Matt studied for a BA degree (1987) and a PhD (1992) in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Durham. He worked as supervisor, Project Officer and Site Director for several commercial archaeology units – including Albion Archaeology, Cambrian Archaeological Projects and Birmingham University Archaeological Fieldwork Unit - carrying out a series of urban surveys and directing excavations in Bedford, Rugby, Manchester, Wednesbury, Birmingham and elsewhere.

He worked at the University of Leicester as Project and Research Officer for the AHRC-funded Wallingford Burh to Borough Research Project from Jan 2008 to Dec 2010. In early 2011 he was Leonard Slater Fellow at University College, Durham, where he wrote the book Fluid Pasts: Archaeology of Flow. He worked from October 2012 to October 2013 as Senior Archaeological Investigator for English Heritage.

Matt is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


Some Recent Publications

2013 The relationship between archaeological stratigraphy and artificial ground and its significance in the Anthropocene. In Waters, C. N., Zalasiewicz, J. A., Williams, M., Ellis, M. A. & Snelling, A. M. (eds), A Stratigraphical Basis for the Anthropocene. The Geological Society of London, Lyell Collection Special Publications 395. Published on Online First

2013 Scale. In Graves-Brown, P., Harrison, R. and A. Piccini (eds). The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 379-391.

2013 The clearing: archaeology's way of opening the world. In Alfredo Gonzales Ruibal (ed.). Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the tropes of modernity. London: Routledge, 33-43.

2012 Follow the cut, follow the rhythm, follow the material. Norwegian Archaeological Review 45:1. A discussion article with comments from Åsa Berggren, Alfredo González-Ruibal, Tim Ingold, Gavin Lucas, Robin Skeates and Christopher Witmore, and reply to comments. Norwegian Archaeological Review 45:1, 76-114..

2012 Fields of artefacts: archaeologies of contemporary scientific discovery. BAR 2363, Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology 8 Modern Materials: The proceedings of CHAT Oxford, 2009, edited by Brent Fortenberry & Laura McAtackney, 7-12.

2011 Fluid pasts: archaeology of flow. London, Bloomsbury Academic. More details here

2011 'The weir and flowing earthworks of Bedford'  British Archaeology 121 (Nov/Dec issue).

2011 'Excavation as a ground for archaeological knowledge' in Archaeological Dialogues 18:1, 44-6.

2011 'Archaeology and current debate on the Anthropocene' in Norwegian Archaeological Review 44:1, 59-62.


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In Press

  • 'From spade-work to screen-work' In Carusi, A., Sissel Hoel, A. Webmoor, T. & Woolgar, S. Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation. London: Routledge (publication date: Dec 2013).
  • 'Enmeshments of shifting landscapes and embodied movements of people and animals' in Leary, J. Past Mobilities: Archaeological Approaches to Movement and Mobility. London: Ashgate (publication date: May 2014).
  • Introduction to Forum on 'Archaeology in the Anthropocene' in forthcoming new Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2014.



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