Kelly Marie Clarke
I am a PhD student under the joint supervision of Dr Foxhall-Forbes and Prof. Semple in the departments of History and Archaeology, funded by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP).
I am interested in examining the interactions/connections that existed during the Early Medieval period, and how interactions were sustained. My previous research focused on communication within and between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and used an interdisciplinary approach combining methodologies from both history and archaeology and different kinds of evidence e.g. topographical, written, linguistic and numismatic evidence to explore contact in the early-medieval period.
My PhD project widens my geographical focus and investigates interactions between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and northern Merovingian Gaul in the seventh century through three interlinked perspectives: political connections; trading networks and ecclesiastical ties. Most recent scholarship examines these regions separately, but using an interdisciplinary and transnational approach will produce a richer interpretation of regional relationships in the early Middle Ages. Through a comparative analysis of textual sources, material culture and manuscript evidence from both regions, my project will re-evaluate our understanding of the importance of intercultural relationships to the formation and development of seventh-century kingdoms and culture, and investigate their wider significance in shaping and (re-)making the southern North Sea world.
2017: 'Contacts, Coinage and Control in the southern North Sea: A reassessment of Anglo-Saxon and Merovingian coinage produced during the seventh century', Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium (Newcastle University, 1st December 2017)
2017: 'Coinage and connections between Merovingian Gaul and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the Seventh-Century', Sylloge of the Coins of the British Isles (SCBI) Symposium: 'Money between Ireland, Britain and Europe' (British Academy, 13th June 2017)
2016: 'An Overview of the 'Productive Sites' in the Kingdom of Northumbria, 600-800', Sylloge of the Coins of the British Isles Symposium: 'Evaluating Early Medieval Currency: Perspectives on Money and Coinage in Britain and Ireland, c. 500-1150' (British Academy, June 2016) Paper given during MA studies.
2017-18: Department of Archaeology Research Dialogues leader (with K. Haworth). Co-organiser of a one day workshop entitled, 'The Materiality of Maritime Cultures and Connections', Durham University 26th June 2018.
2017-18: DMA (Durham Medieval Archaeologists), joint-chair
2017: MEMSA (Durham's Medieval and Early-Modern Student Association), Co-conference Chair. I was the joint Conference Chair and co-organised the eleventh annual conference, 'Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds' (Durham University, 11-12th July 2017)
2017-2018: MEMSA Journal co-editor. Currently, I am co-editing the proceedings of the 11th annual MEMSA conference which will be published both in print and online format in July 2018.
2016-2019: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Award
2015-6: Durham Postgraduate Taught Scholarship
2017-18: Tutor for the level one History module, 'The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050' (HIST1011)
- Anglo-Saxon Archaeology
- Anglo-Saxon History
- Communication, connections and interactions in the Early Middle Ages
- Late Merovingian Archaeology
- Late Merovingian History