About

This is the blog of Dr Toby Martin, an archaeological researcher at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. You can also find me on academia.edutwitter and pinterest.

I’m interested in most aspects of early medieval material culture, favouring social anthropological approaches to material culture and its role in the construction of society, and have published and spoken widely on the subject (see below).

This blog represents an effort to capture and explore some of the stray thoughts that I encounter in the course of my archaeological research into early medieval jewellery and dress. Up until now, I’ve kept these half-formed musings in a series of notebooks, scraps of paper and .txt files, very few of which I can ever lay my hands on when I need them, and most of which have long since disappeared into wastepaper baskets, down the backs of sofas, or into the electronic ether.  I’m deeply attached to writing these scraps (wherever they might have got to) but I thought they could be complemented by some kind of more structured output.  This blog is precisely that, with the added advantage that you can read it too, if you like.

Books

Martin, T. F. and Morrison, W. (eds.) (in preparation) Barbaric Splendour: the Use of Image Before and After Rome.

Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. (eds.) (forthcoming) Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow.

Martin, T. F. 2015. The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.

Martin, T. F. 2011. Identity and the Cruciform brooch in Early Anglo-Saxon England: An Investigation of Style, Mortuary Context and Use. PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield.  Limited content available for download on the White Rose eThesis website.

Journal articles

Martin, T. F. (forthcoming) ‘A matter of scale: some impediments to broad archaeological perspectives on post-Roman European bow brooches’. Neue Studien our Sachsenforschung 6.

Martin, T. F. 2013. ‘Women, knowledge and power: the iconography of early Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18, 1-17.

Book chapters

Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. (forthcoming) ‘Introduction: dress and society’, in Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. (eds.) Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow.

Martin, T. F. 2016. ‘The lives and deaths of people and things: biographical approaches to dress in early Anglo-Saxon England’, in Smith, R. and Watson, G. (eds.) Writing the Lives of People and Things, 67-87. Farnham: Ashgate.

Martin, T. F. 2014. ‘(Ad)Dressing the Anglo-Saxon body: corporeal meanings and artefacts in early England’, in Blinkhorn, P. and Cumberpatch, C. (eds.) The Chiming of Crack’d Bells, 27-38. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 2677. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Martin, T. F. 2012. ‘Riveting biographies: the theoretical implications of early Anglo-Saxon brooch repair, customisation and reuse’, in Jervis, B. and Kyle, A. (eds.)  Make-Do and Mend: Archaeologies of Compromise, Repair and Reuse, 53-65. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 2408. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Datasets

Martin, T. F. 2015. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Cruciform Brooches (data-set). York: Archaeology Data Service (doi: 10.5284/1028833). Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.5284/1028833.

Book reviews

Martin, T.F. (forthcoming) ‘Review of Before Sutton Hoo: the Prehistoric Remains and Early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Tranmer House, Bromeswell, Suffolk by C. J. R. Fern’, Medieval Archaeology.

Martin, T.F. (forthcoming) ‘Review of The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World edited by M.C. Hyer and G. Owen-Crocker’, Medieval Archaeology.

Martin, T.F. 2016 ‘Review of The Baiovarii and Thuringii: An Ethnographic Perspective edited by Fries-Koblach, J., H. Steuer and J. Hines ’, The Archaeological Journal.

Martin, T. F. 2010. ‘Review of  Suzuki, S. 2008. Button Brooches: Typology, Geneaology Chronology‘ Assemblage online.

Talks

2016

‘Jewels between genders: the shifting values of bodily adornment in England AD 350-700’. Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists at the University of Vilnius, August 2016.

‘Networks and jewellery in Early Medieval Europe’. Archaeological seminar series, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, July 2016 (invited).

‘Beyond typology: experiments with networks and style’. ShOx: the Second Joint Sheffield Oxford Seminar on Cultural Materials, University of Oxford, April 2016 (invited).

‘Multi-scalar networks in Migration Period Europe and Sweden’. Stockholm Archaeology Research Seminars, February 2016 (invited).

2015

‘Bound by brooches: multi-scalar networks in Migration Period Europe’. Cardiff University Archaeology Research Seminars, December 2015 (invited).

‘North links: characterising Migration Period art in Lincolnshire’, Lincolnshire Archaeology Day, Lincoln Collection, October 2015 (invited).

‘Monuments in miniature: brooches and multiscalar networks in Migration Period Europe’. Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, University of Glasgow, September 2015.

‘The lustre of power: early medieval jewellery in local and global contexts’. Durham University Archaeology Society Occasional Seminar Series, May 2015 (invited).

2014

‘Jewels in the dark: exploring brooches and elites in Post-Roman Europe’. Oxford University Archaeological Society Seminar Series, University of Oxford, November 2014 (invited).

‘Dress and identity in earliest medieval Europe’. University of Winchester Seminars in Comparative Medieval Cultures, February 2014 (invited).

‘A working model: correlating changes in casting technologies with the dynamic social significances of brooches in early Anglo-Saxon England’. The Historical Metallurgy Society Research in Progress Meeting, University of Oxford, November 2014.

‘Migration Period brooches in Europe: materialising a network of power?’ Royal Archaeological Institute Lecture Series at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, November 2014.

‘Jewels in the dark: exploring brooches and elites in post-Roman Europe’ Oxford Archaeological Society Seminar Series, University of Oxford, November 2014.

‘Women, dress and elite networks in earliest Medieval Europe’ University of Winchester Seminars in Comparative Medieval Cultures, Winchester, February 2014.

2013

‘Ways of dressing and senses of belonging: past and future research on Migration Period brooches’. Early Medieval Archaeology Seminar Series, University of Oxford, November 2013.

‘Brooches, dress and the embodiment of ethnic tradition in early Anglo-Saxon England’. Gender & Medieval Studies Conference, Bath Spa University, January 2013.

2012

‘Doing dress and being-in-the-world: practical metaphysics for Anglo-Saxons?’ Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Liverpool, December 2012.

‘Something in the way she moves? Femininity, gesture, dress and the early Anglo-Saxon body’. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Liverpool, December 2012.

‘The cruciform brooch in context’. International Sachsensymposium, University of Durham, September 2012 (poster presentation).

‘Brooches and burial: Anglians and the cruciform brooch in Migration Period England’. International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, July 2012.

‘Anglian apparel: biographical approaches to dress and identity at the dawn of English history’. Writing the Lives of People and Things, University of Southampton, March 2012.

2011

‘Women, knowledge and power: cruciform brooches and Anglian identity in Migration Period England’. Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium, Cambridge University, October 2011

‘Pinning down gender: some initial findings from new research on the Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooch’. Department of Archaeology Work in Progress Seminar, University of Sheffield, January 2011

2010

‘The repair and modification of early Anglo-Saxon brooches: theoretical implications’. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Bristol, December 2010.

‘Horses or serpents, birds or men? Interpreting meaning from the structure of cruciform brooch iconography (AD 410-600)’. Medieval and Ancient Seminar Series, University of Sheffield, May 2010 (invited).

2009

‘Riveting biographies: the repair and modification of early Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches’. Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium, University of Sheffield, May 2009.

‘The Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooch: a social structural and symbolic analysis’. Yorkshire Archaeology Postgraduate Group Conference, York University, March 2009.

Conferences/conference sessions organised

‘What’s it all worth? Material possessions and value in past societies’ organised with Dr Alison Klevnäs, Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists at the University of Vilnius, August 2016.

Barbaric Splendour: the Use of Image Before and After Rome, an international conference and workshop organised with Dr Wendy Morrison held at the University of Oxford, November 2015.

‘Networks of dominance: aspects of inclusion and exclusion in archaeological approaches to connectivity’, organised with Dr Kathrin Meents, Theoretical Archaeology Group conference at the University of Manchester, December 2014.

‘Dressing sensibly: sensory approaches to dress for archaeologists’, organised with Dr Rosie Weetch, Theoretical Archaeology Group conference at the University of Liverpool, December 2013.

Rags and Riches: Dress and Dress Accessories in Social Context, a multi-disciplinary conference at the University of Reading organised with Dr Rosie Weetch, April 2012.

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