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 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.

Since then he was Senior Archaeological Investigator for English Heritage from 2012 to 2013. For the month of November 2015 Matt was Field Archaeologist in Residence at the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, Cambridge. He also worked as Project Officer for MOLA -Headland Infrastructure, and recently took up a new post as Senior Project Officer for Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge.




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

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.

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 '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. online

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


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