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Mark Gardiner

Dr Mark Gardiner

Senior Lecturer

Direct phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3448

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Research Interests

My current research lies in three areas:

1. Medieval buildings

Over the past 15 years or so I have been examining the development of the medieval house in the crucial period between AD 900 and 1250. I am completing a book on the way in which timber buildings were constructed in this period using the evidence from excavations.I am also working on a further book providing an interdisciplinary cultural history of the medieval house in England. A paper on the eleventh-century building of Scolland's Hall, Richmond is in preparation with Nick Hill (English Heritage). Associated with these studies of the house have been an edition of late fifteenth-century accounts of the manor of Mote in Iden (East Sussex), including building works, published by the Sussex Record Society in June 2011.

2. Development of rural landscapes

I have worked on various aspects of the English landscape, but my current work is examining the character of the late medieval and early modern rural landscape of Ireland. I am continuing a field survey of settlements and field boundaries on the Antrim plateau, which is particularly rich in remains. I have published a number of studies on transhumance in Ireland and a review of advances in late medieval Irish rural archaeology (with Kieran O'Conor) will appear shortly.

3. Fishing and trading places in the north Atlantic

I have been worked on fishing and trade in the North Atlantic in a series of projects with Dr Natascha Mehler (Bremerhaven Ship Musuem) and Endre  Elvestad (Stavanger Museum). We initially completed four seasons of survey examining sites in Reykjanes, Snæfellsnes and the West Fjords in Iceland. In 2008 we extended our work to Shetland, excavating a trading sites at Gunnister Voe. We undertook further survey and excavation in 2009 and 2010. Some of this work is featured in a film made for the German channel, ZDF. In August 2011 we excavated the Hanseatic trading site of Avaldsnes in Norway. We are working on the Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft-funded project led by Natascha Mehler on Harbours in the North Atlantic (HaNoA). We surveyed sites in Norway and the Faroes in 2013, and worked in Greenland and Shetland in 2014. The final season of fieldwork was in 2015, and funding has now been agreed for a programme of analysis which will follow. We are editing a volume on German traders in the North Atlantic to be published by Brill. A paper on trading sites in the northern part of Ireland with my former colleague, Dr Tom McNeill has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy.

Achievements and Distinctions


GAP1010  Barbarians, Vikings and Traders: The Archaeology of Historic Europe

GAP3001  Medieval Settlement

GAP7304  Heritage Structures

I am currently supervising PhD students studying demesne farmsteads of the 14th century, medieval lodging ranges and late 19th- and early 20th-century villa colony lunatic asylums.

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