The Staffordshire Hoard and Me

I have been far behind in keeping up with my website and blog because I took on a major project working on the Staffordshire Hoard. Because it was a short term contract, I opted to commute from Sheffield to Birmingham. It made for long days, but it was worth it.

My job was to assemble the fragments of embossed sheet metal.  I’m proud of the work I did for the Hoard and for Birmingham Museums. There are some articles and blogs that have highlighted the work I did there, with more to come.

The articles and video below go into greater detail about the work I did on the Hoard and have some good photos of a few of the embossed sheet metal foil.

BBC News: Staffordshire Hoard Reveals its Secrets

Staffordshire Hoard Newsletter

Staffordshire Hoard Video Blog

The conservation of the Hoard has won a major award (November 2015). Check out the video The ICON Conservation Awards.

An article I coauthored about working on the hoard published in Journal of the Institute of Conservation is available here: The importance of multidisciplinary work within archaeological conservation projects: assembly of the Staffordshire Hoard die-impressed sheets

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Publications

Links to my online publications on academia.edu are  here 

In press

Looking over the shoulder of the Bronze Age metalsmith: Recognising the artisan in archaeological artefacts in Crafting in the World. Clare T. Burke and Suzanne Spencer-Woods, eds.

The Roseberry Topping Hoard and Rituals of Life and Death Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society 

2016

Getting hammered: The Use of Experimental Archaeology to Interpret Wear on Late Bronze Age Hammers and Modern replicas. EXARC Journal (OPEN ACCESS!)

The importance of multidisciplinary work within archaeological conservation projects: assembly of the Staffordshire Hoard die-impressed sheets. Journal of the Institute of Conservation Volume 39, Issue 1.

Coauthors: Jenni Butterworth, Kayleigh Fuller, Pieta Greaves

 

2014

The Compleat Metalsmith: Craft and technology in the British Bronze Age 

The Archaeology of Metalworking: Fieldworkers practical guide for BAJR (British Archaeological Jobs and Resources), David Connelly, ed.

Of Tea Pot Stands and Perforated Slabs: A report on the comparison of experimental bronze casting furnaces with artefacts from SE England

Industrial Waste and Associated Finds in The Excavation Of Ring-Ditches Two and Three at Poulton, Cheshire. 2010-2013 Kevin V.E. Cootes and Mike Emory, eds.  Published by The Poulton Research Project

Looking over the shoulder of the Bronze Age metalsmith: Recognising the artisan in archaeological artefacts in Crafting in the World. Clare T. Burke and Suzanne Spencer-Woods, eds. (in press)

The Kilnhurst Hoard: A report on a Late Bronze Age Hoard in the Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham (unpublished museum report)

The West Kennet Long Barrow Hoard: A report on a Late Bronze Age Hoard for the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes (unpublished museum report)

A Report on a Late Bronze Age Hoard found in Northampton (unpublished museum report)

The Donhead St. Mary’s Hoard: A report on a Late Bronze Age Hoard in the Salisbury Museum (unpublished museum report)

The Roseberry Topping Hoard: A report on a Late Bronze Age Hoard for Weston Park Museum, Sheffield (unpublished museum report)

A Report on Bronze Age metalsmithing tools in Winchester Museum (unpublished museum report)

A Report on metalsmithing tools and Late Bronze Age Hoards in the Colchester Museum (unpublished museum report)

Bronze Age Metalsmithing Tools in the collections of Norwich Castle Museum (unpublished museum report)

2013

Ashmolean Museum British Collection Highlights: The Isle of Harty Hoard from Kent  Ashmolean Museum website

2012

“Copper smelting at Umha Aois”  Cornish Mining World Heritage Site  newsletter

 The Inshoch Wood Hoard A report to the Inverness Museum (unpublished museum report)

2009

“A Study of the Manufacture of Copper Spearheads in the Old Copper Complex” The Minnesota Archaeologist Vol. 68

Technology as a tool for archaeological research and artifact conservation AIC Postprints (Co-authored with Gretchen Anderson)

 

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