Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Ms Christina Smith

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Academic Biography

Christina Cowart-Smith (BA Hons, MLitt, MA, FSA Scot) is an Insular medievalist specialising in the history and archaeology of early medieval Britain, AD 500-1200, with particular research focus on southern Scotland.

Before her doctoral studies, Christina completed a BA(Hons) in Classics (minors in Archaeology & Art History) at Stanford University (USA), a MLitt in Early Medieval Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, and a MA in Early Medieval Archaeology at Durham University. At Durham, her PhD studies are generously funded through a Durham Doctoral Scholarship (2018-21).

Research Topic

Distribution and development of the free-standing high cross in Britain, AD 600-1200 (supervised by Dr. David Petts & Prof. Sarah Semple)

Research Interests

Early medieval history, archaeology, and art history; sculpture and monumentality; iconoclasm; phenomenology; Late Antique art and architecture; archaeology of early medieval monasticism; landscape archaeology; Scottish history; West Highland fiddling.


2018: Durham Doctoral Scholarship for PhD, Durham University (offer taken)

2018: Cambridge International Scholarship for PhD, Cambridge Trust, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (offer declined)

2018: Hatfield Trust Research Award, Hatfield College, Durham University

2018: Rosemary Cramp Fund, Dept. of Archaeology, Durham University

2015: VPUE Major Grant, Stanford University

2015: Small Grant, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University

2014: Stanford Chappell Lougee Fellowship, Stanford University


2017: First Marquis of Montrose Award for Scottish Studies (for top MLitt dissertation in the field of Scottish Studies), University of Glasgow

2016: Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University Chapter, Beta of California

2016: Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts (for top BA dissertation), Stanford University

2016: Senior Prize in Classics, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University

2015: Junior Prize in Classics, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University

Conference Contributions

Christina has most recently delivered papers at Glasgow University’s EMASS (2018), the University of York’s N/EMICS conference (2018), Durham University’s MEMSA postgraduate conference (2017), and the University of York’s CMS postgraduate conference (2017).


Tutor, Medieval to Modern World (2018)

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