Dr Matt Edgeworth

berlin 2014Honorary 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 edited the volume on Ethnographies of Archaeological Practice (Altamira 2006) and wrote the book Fluid Pasts: Archaeology of Flow (2011). More recently he has worked for University of Leicester, English Heritage, MOLA-Headland Infrastructure and University of Cambridge. He is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology and Norwegian Archaeological Review. Research interests include archaeology of rivers, urban stratigraphy, ecological archaeology, and archaeological approaches to the Anthropocene. 



2021 (Bauer, AM., Edgeworth, M., Edwards, LE. Ellis,E.,  Gibbard, P & Merritts, D.J.) Anthropocene: event or epoch? Nature 597, 332 (14 September, 2021), correspondence. doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-02448-z

2021 Transgressing time: archaeological evidence in/of the Anthropocene. Annual Review of Anthropology 50:1 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-101819-110118

2021 (Scholma-Mason, O., Tierney, M., Goacher, H. and Edgeworth, M) Iron Age Settlements and Roman Roads: archaeological fieldwork along the Angelinos trunk water main in north Oxfordshire, Internet Archaeology 56. doi. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.56.13

2020 (Edgeworth, M., Janes, T. and Tierney, M) A prehistoric landscape and early medieval evidence at Coventry Road, Cawston, near Rugby, Warwickshire. Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society Transactions for 2019, 1-18.

2019 (Edgeworth, M., Jeffery, E., Goacher, H. and Tierney, M) Between rivers: Iron Age and Romano-British ‘island’ farmsteads at Vine Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Cambridgeshire. Proceedings of Cambridgeshire Antiquarian Society 108.

2019 (Williams, M., Edgeworth, M., Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Steffen, W., Wolfe, A.P., Minter, N.J., Cearreta, A., Gałuszka, A., Haff, P., McNeill, J., Revkin, A., Richter, D de B., Price, S., and Summerhayes, C). Underground metro systems: A durable geological proxy of rapid urban population growth and energy consumption during the Anthropocene. In: Benjamin, C. et al. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Big History, 434-455.

2019 (Edgeworth M, Ellis E, Gibbard P, Neal C and Ellis M)  The chronostratigraphic method is unsuitable for determining the start of the Anthropocene. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment. 2019;43(3):334-344. doi:10.1177/0309133319831673

2019 (Bennett C, Thomas R, Williams M, Zalasiewicz J, Edgeworth M, Miller H, Coles B, Foster A, Burton E,  and Marume Upenyu) The broiler chicken as a signal of a human reconfigured biosphere. Royal Society Open Science 5:180325. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180325

2019 Review of ‘London’s waterfront 1100–1666: excavations in Thames Street, London, 1974–84’ by Schofield, J et al. Archaeological Journal 176:2, 403-404.

2018 Review of 'Climate Without Nature' by Andrew Bauer and Monica Bhan (CUP 2018). American Antiquity 83:4, 758-9 doi: 10.1017/aaq.2018.45

2018 River deltas in the context of the Anthropocene. In Krause, F (ed) Delta methods: reflections on researching hydrosocial lifeworlds. Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne, Cologne. online

2018 More than just a record: active ecological effects of archaeological strata.In Marcos Andre Torres de Souza and and Diogo Menezes Costa (eds) Historical Archaeology and Environment. Cham: Springer.

2018.Further notes on the archaeological object (Comments on a paper by Assaf  Nativ) Archaeological Dialogues 25:1, 25-28. doi:10.1017/S1380203818000041

2018 Rivers as material infrastructure: a legacy from the past to the future. In Holt. Emily. (ed) Water and Power in Past Societies. Institute for European Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series, Albany: SUNY Press. online

2018 (Peloggia, A., Luz, R.A., Ortega, A., Edgeworth, M)..The expansion of the urban geological stratum (Archaeosphere) in the east of the State of São Paulo: the relationship between history, geography, geology and archaeology in the Anthropocene. Revista Brasileira de Geografia 62:2, 25-52. doi: https://doi.org/10.21579/issn.2526-0375_2017_n2_p25-52

2017. Humanly modified ground. In: Dominick A. DellaSala, and Michael I. Goldstein (eds.) The Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. Oxford: Elsevier, 157-161. online

2017. The Chicago River as hyperobject. In Kelly, J., Scarpino, P., Berry, H., Syvitski, J., Meybeck, M (eds). Rivers of the Anthropocene. University of California Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/9780520967939-019

2017 Excavating a taskscape, flowscape and ceramiscene in the Black Country. In Rajala, U. Philip Mills (eds). Forms of Dwelling: 20 Years of Taskscapes in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow, 252-267, online

2017. (Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Waters, CN.,Barnosky, AD. Palmesino, J., Rönnskog, A-S, Edgeworth, M., Neal, C., Cearreta, A., Ellis, EC., Grinevald, J., Haff, P., Ivar do Sul, JA., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, JR., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Price, SJ., Revkin, A., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Vidas, D., Wing, S., Wolfe, AP.) Scale and diversity of the physical technosphere: A geological perspective. The Anthropocene Review 4:1, 9–22.

2016 The ground beneath our feet: beyond surface appearances. In Mensch macht Natur. Landschaft im Anthropozän, edited by Mackert, G. and Petritsch, P. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (published July 2016), available here

2016 Phenomenology of landscapes and taskscapes in excavation archives: a comment on Dan Hick's paper 'The Temporality of the Landscape Revisited'  Norwegian Archaeological Review 49:1, online here

2016 Grounded objects: archaeology and speculative realism. Archaeological Dialogues 23:1, 93-113, available here

2016 (Steffen, W., Leinfelder, R., Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C. N., Williams, M., Summerhayes, C., Barnosky, A. D., Cearreta, A., Crutzen, P., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E. C., Fairchild, I. J., Galuszka, A., Grinevald, J., Haywood, A., Ivar do Sul, J., Jeandel, C., McNeill, J.R., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Revkin, A., Richter, D. deB., Syvitski, J., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Wing, S. L., Wolfe, A. P. and Schellnhuber, H.J.) Stratigraphic and Earth System approaches to defining the Anthropocene. Earth's Future, online here

2016 Reverse engineering and the archaeology of flowing materials: a response to Gabriel Moshenska's paper..Forum Kritische Archäologie 5:31-33. Online journal, available here

2016 Humans - part of dynamic assemblages (of species, niches, forces) that are changing Earth: Social Evolution Forum. March 14, 2016. Available online here

2016 Review of Tim Ingold's 'Making: anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture' Journal of Contemporary Archaeology website.  Available online here

2016 (Matt Edgeworth, Colin N. Waters, Jan Zalasiewicz, Simon Stoddart) Second Anthropocene Working Group Meeting.The European Archaeologist 47. Available online here

2016 (Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Juliana Ivar do Sul, Patricia L. Corcoran, Anthony D. Barnosky, Alejandro Cearreta, Matt Edgeworth, Agnieszka Gałuszka, Catherine Jeandel, Reinhold Leinfelder, J.R. McNeill, Will Steffen, Colin Summerhayes, Michael Wagreich, Mark Williams, Alexander P. Wolfe, Yasmin Yonan). The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene. Anthropocene. In press but available online  here

2016 (Colin N. Waters, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Summerhayes, Anthony D. Barnosky, Clément Poirier, Agnieszka Galuszka, Alejandro Cearreta, Matt Edgeworth, Erle C. Ellis, Michael Ellis, Will Steffen, James Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Mark Williams, An Zhisheng, Jacques Grinevald, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Alexander P. Wolfe).The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene. Science 351:6269. Available online.here

2015 Material and cognitive dimensions of archaeological evidence. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1:2, 225-7. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v1i2.26673

2015. (Edgeworth, M., Richter, D., Waters, C., Haff, P., Neal, C and Price, S) Diachronous beginnings of the Anthropocene: the lower bounding surface of anthropogenic deposits. Anthropocene Review 2: 33-58, available to download here

2014 (Edgeworth, M; Benjamin, J; Clarke, B; Crossland, Z; Domanska, E; Gorman, A; Graves-Brown, P; Harris, E; Hudson, M; Kelly, J.; Paz, V; Salerno, M; Witmore, C; Zarankin, A).  Forum on 'Archaeology of the Anthropocene' . Journal of Contemporary Archaeology,  1:1, 73-132, Available on Open Access here

2014. On the agency of rivers. Archaeological Dialogues 21, 157-159 online

2014 Enmeshments of shifting landscapes and embodied movements of people and animals' in Leary, J. Past Mobilities: Archaeological Approaches to Movement and Mobility. London: Ashgate. online

2014 From spadework to screenwork. In Carusi, A., Sissel Hoel, A., Webmoor, T. and Woolgar, S. Visualisation in the Age of Computerization. London, Routledge. online

2014.(Janssen, D.M., Wilkinson, I.P., Williams, M., Gouldwell, A., Christie, N., Edgeworth, M). Medieval land remediation of a quarry site at Wallingford, Oxfordshire, revealed by microfossil analysis. Environmental Archaeology 19:2, 124-130.

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. online

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. online

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. online

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. online.

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 online.

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

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

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


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