Professor Sarah Semple, BA (hons), MSt Hist. Res., DPhil
After studying at the Institute of Archaeology in London (UCL) I spent several years working in commercial archaeology in the UK before completing my PhD studies at The Queen’s College, Oxford and an early career post-doctoral research fellowship at St Cross College Oxford. I took up my first permanent lectureship at the University of Chester in 2004 before moving to the Department of Archaeology at Durham in 2006.
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Honorary Editor Medieval Archaeology (2016-18):
- 2017: Member of Editorial Board for World Archaeology:
- 2012: Member of the British Academy Steering Group for the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (2012-):
- 2012: Organiser of the Internationales Sachsensympsion at Durham: Life on the Edge: Social, Political and Religious Frontiers in Medieval Europe. International Conference at Durham University.
- 2012: Trustee for the Gefrin Trust (2012-): Independent trust with responsibility for protecting, managing and furthering research at the early medieval site of Yeavering, Northumberland.
- 2011: Member of the UK Steering Group for the Internationales Sachsensymposium (2011-19):
Member (by invitation) of the UK Steering Group for the Internationales Sachsensymposium, a European Seminar Series (2011-2019)
- 2010: Associate Director of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham (2010-12):
- Religion, belief and popular practices in pre-Christian and Conversion Period Europe
- The archaeology of governance and power in North West Europe
- Death and burial in early medieval Britain
- Church archaeology and monasticism
- Material culture, memory and commemoration
- Landscape archaeology
- CHISEL: Church Building as Industry in Early Medieval Western Europe
- Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
- Funerary Landscapes and Social Change in Early Medieval Northwest Europe
- People and Place: The Making of the Kingdom of Northumbria
- Seaham Church Recording Project
- Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England
- The Assembly Project
- Wearmouth and Jarrow: One Monastery in Two Places
- Worked in Stone:Completing the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
- Yeavering: A Palace in its Landscape
- Semple, S.J. (2013). Perceptions of the Prehistoric in Anglo-Saxon England: Religion, Ritual and Rulership in the Landscape. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Turner, S., Semple, S. J. & Turner, A. (2013). Wearmouth and Jarrow: Northumbrian Monasteries in an Historic Landscape. Hatfield, Hertfordshire: English Heritage.
Chapter in book
- Semple, S., Orsini, C. & Mui, S. (2017). At the Limits: Frontiers and Boundaries in Early Medieval Northern Europe. In Life on the Edge: Social, Political and Religious Frontiers in Early Medieval Europe. Semple, S., Orsini, C. & Mui, S. Braunschweig: Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum. 6: 7-25.
- Semple, S., Buchanan, B., Harrington, S., Oliver, D. & Petts, D. (2017). Power at the Edge: Yeavering, Northumberland, England. In Life on the Edge: Social, Political and Religious Frontiers in Early Medieval Europe. Semple, S., Orsini, C. & Mui, S. Braunschweig: Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum. 6: 91-112.
- Semple, S. & Williams, H. (2015). Landmarks of the Dead: Exploring Anglo-Saxon Mortuary Geographies. In The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World. Clegg Hyer, M. & Owen-Crocker, G. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. II: 137-161.
- Semple, S. (2015). The Pre-Christian Landscape in Anglo-Saxon England. In Dying Gods - Religious beliefs in northern and eastern Europe in the time of Christianisation. Ruhmann, C. & Brieske, V. Stuttgart: Niedersächsischen Landesmuseum Hannover In Kommission bei Konrad Theiss Verlag. 5: 101-110.
- Reynolds, A. & Semple, S. (2012). Digging for names: archeology and place-names in the Avebury Region. In Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England. Jones, R. & Semple, S Shaun Tyas. 76-100.
- Jones, R. & Semple, S. (2012). Making Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England. In Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England. Jones, R. & Semple, S. Shaun Tyas. 1-17.
- Reynolds, A. & Semple, S. (2011). Anglo-Saxon non-funerary weapon depositions. In Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology: Papers in Honour of Martin G. Welch. Brookes, S., Harrington, S. & Reynolds, A. Oxford: Archaeopress. 40-48.
- Semple, S. (2011). Sacred Spaces and Places in Pre-Christian and Conversion Period Anglo-Saxon England. In The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Hamerow, H., Hinton, D. A. & Crawford, S. Oxford: University Press. 742-763.
- Semple, S.J. (2010). In the Open Air. In Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited. Carver, M.O.H, Sanmark, A. & Semple, S.J. Oxford: Oxbow.
- Sanmark, A. & Semple, S. J. (2010). The topography of outdoor assembly sites in Europe with reference to recent field results from Sweden. In Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology. Lewis, H. & Semple, S. J. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. BAR International Series 2103: 107-119.
- Semple, S.J. (2009). Recycling the Past: Ancient Monuments and Changing Meanings in Early Medieval Britain. In Antiquaries and Archaists, the Past in the Past, the Past in the Present. Aldrich, M. & Wallis, R. J. Reading: Spire Books Ltd. 29-45.
- Semple, S.J. (2004). Locations of Assembly in Early Anglo-Saxon England. In Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe. Pantos, A. & Semple, S.J. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 135-154.
- Jones, R. & Semple, S. (2012). Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England. Shaun Tyas.
- Lewis, H. & Semple, S. J. (2010). Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology. BAR International Series 2103. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
- Carver, M.O.H., Sanmark, A. & Semple, S.J. (2010). Signals of Belief. Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited. Oxford: Oxbow.
- Semple, S. J. & Williams, H. M. R. (2007). Early Medieval Mortuary Practices. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, 14. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Pantos, A. & Semple, S. J. (2004). Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
- Griffiths, D., Reynolds, A. & Semple, S. J. (2003). Boundaries in Early Medieval Britain. Anglo-Saxon Studies in History and Archaeology, 12. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Semple, S.J & Brookes, S. (2020). Necrogeographies. World Archaeology, 52 (1): Taylor and Francis.
- Semple, S.J (2018). Temporary Places, Gatherings and Assemblies. World Archaeology, 50 (1): Taylor and Francis.
- Semple, S & Pettitt, P (2017). Debates in World Archaeology. World Archaeology, 59 (5): Routledge, Taylor Francis.
- Semple, S. J & Brookes, S. (2020). Necrogeography and necroscapes: living with the dead. World Archaeology 52(1): 1-15.
- Harrington, S, Brookes, S, Semple, S & Millard, A (2020). Theatres of Closure: Process and Performance in Inhumation Burial Rites in Early Medieval Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 30(3): 389-412.
- Semple, S.J (2018). Temporary Places, Gatherings and Assemblies: Editorial. World Archaeology 50(1): 1-6.
- Semple, Sarah & Pettitt, Paul (2017). Editorial. World Archaeology 49(5): 569-573.
- Skinner, A. T. & Semple, S. (2015). Assembly Mounds in the Danelaw: Place-name and Archaeological Evidence in the Historic Landscape. Journal of the North Atlantic 8(sp8): 115-133.
- Semple, S. J. & Sanmark, A. (2013). Assembly in North West Europe: collective concerns for early societies?. Journal of European Archaeology 16(3): 518-542.
- Stephen Mitchell, Neil Price, Ronald Hutton, Catharina Raudvere, Carlo Severi, Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Sarah Semple, Aleks Pluskowski, Martin Carver & Carlo Ginzburg (2010). Witchcraft and Deep Time - a debate at Harvard. Antiquity 84(325): 864-79.
- Sanmark, A. & Semple, S. J. (2008). Places of Assembly: New Discoveries in Sweden and England. Fornvännen 103(4): 245-259.
- Semple, S.J. (2008). Polities and Princes AD 400-800: New Perspectives on the Funerary Landscape of the South Saxon Kingdom. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 27(4): 407-429
- Semple, S (2007). Defining the OE Hearg: a preliminary archaeological and topographic examination of hearg place names and their hinterlands. Early Medieval Europe 15(4): 364-385.
- Semple, S. J (2003). Burials and Political Boundaries in the Avebury region, North Wiltshire. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 12: 72-91.
- Semple, S.J. (2003). Illustrations of Damnation in Late Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts. Anglo-Saxon England 32: 31-45.
- Semple, S.J. (1998). A fear of the past: the place of the prehistoric burial mound in the ideology of middle and later Anglo-Saxon England. World Archaeology 30(1): 109-126.
Available for media contact about:
- History & Archaeology: Medieval Archaeology
- 2018: Worked in Stone: Completing the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (£578649.39 from AHRC)
- 2016: 'Funerary Landscapes and Social Change in Early Medieval North-West Europe, c. AD 400-900'. British Academy (£236,435.20)
- 2015: People and Place in the Kingdom of Northumbria AD 300 - 800 (£275742.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
- 2010: IP 2. Landscape, Authority and Power: assembly places and structures in Britain and Europe. (£114974.40 from HERA)
- 2009: As One Monastery in Two Places, English Heritage, £59,780, 2009-2012