Dr Kate Mees, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Current Research Project
Funerary Landscapes and Social Change in Early Medieval North-West Europe, c. AD 400-900
I originally studied Italian & French at UCL (with periods of study at the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne and Bologna), and spent a year teaching English in Rome, Italy, before returning to the UK to undertake an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol. This was followed by an AHRC doctoral studentship (2010-13), held at the University of Exeter. My PhD research investigated the motivations behind the positioning of burial sites in 5th- to 9th-century Wessex, taking into account patterns of movement, territorial development, resource exploitation, and political and religious ideologies.
My research interests are principally focused around early medieval interaction with the physical and cultural environment, particularly through funerary practices. As a landscape archaeologist I pursue the development of multidisciplinary approaches that deploy and integrate a full range of archaeological, historical and toponymic sources, alongside the use of GIS and related technologies.
I have been involved in fieldwork projects in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, France, Italy and Slovenia. I have worked with the National Trust on numerous excavations as well as assisting with data management (HBSMR) and conducting Archaeological and Historic Landscape Surveys.
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Member (by invitation) of the Internationales Sachsensymposion research network: 2018-
- 2015: Honorary Research Associate, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Bristol: 2015-2019
- 2014: Assistant Editor, Post-Medieval Archaeology: 2014-2018
- Mees, K. (2019). Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
- Mees, K. (2018). Review of 'The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe'. Edited by Marta Díaz-Guardamino, Leonardo García Sanjuán and David Wheatley. The Antiquaries Journal 98: 332.
- Mees, K. (2013). From the sublime to the Druidical: changing perceptions of prehistoric monuments in southern Anglesey in the post-medieval period. Post-Medieval Archaeology 47(1): 222-246.
- Mees, K. (2010). Documentary and literary evidence relating to Burwash Forge and Wynhamford Mill, East Sussex. Wealden Iron 30(2): 10-29.
- Mees, K. (2016). Slepe Heath, Arne, Dorset: Archaeological and Historic Landscape Survey. Report prepared for the National Trust.
- 2016: 'Funerary Landscapes and Social Change in Early Medieval North-West Europe, c. AD 400-900'. British Academy (£236,435.20)