We are material specialists with in-depth knowledge of ceramics, textiles, metals and stone. We are object specialists in Viking Age weapons and wider domestic assemblages, ancient cloth and clothing, Mesolithic and Neolithic lithics, prehistoric settlements and monuments, Early Medieval churches and castles; Medieval glass, metal artefacts and metalworking. We work with museum collections across Europe and the Near East.
Our research environment hosts a microscope laboratory, furnace and kiln, flint knapping pit, cold room and freezers, DSLR cameras with a range of lenses, thin section facilities, fume cupboard and laboratory spaces. We collaborate with cognate disciplines across the university to access laboratory equipment for computed tomography, scanning electron microscopy and organic residue analysis.
The members of the Material Culture Research Cluster investigate the things people made and used in the past in order to uncover and understand the lives of past people. We are field archaeologists and finds specialists; we are equally enthusiastic digging in the ground or excavating in collections and archives.
We are synthesisers, working across assemblages to investigate archaeologies of towns and empire, death and burial, and the skills and materialities of personhood and daily life. Our approach is analytical and interpretative, blending empirical and scientific data with broader theories of materials and making, identity and society. Our specialisms range from the Mesolithic to the modern.
- Ewan Campbell
- Louisa Campbell
- Daniel Calderbank
- Stephen Driscoll
- Nyree Finlay
- Claudia Glatz
- Susanna Harris
- Stephen Harrison
- Alexandra Makin
- Monica Palmero Fernandez
We are currently working and collaborating on national and international projects across Scotland and throughout Britain, Ireland, the Mediterranean and Middle East. We work with external organisations including museums, hospitals, and media outlets to share our research.
- Looking inside the past: CT scanning ancient textiles
- Micro-Tracing British Bronze Age Textiles (2200-900 BC)
- Excavations at Iona Abbey
- Archaeological Housework: The Avocational Atelier of Fiona Gorman
- Fibres and Fabrics of Must Farm
- Govan Archaeological project: Govan Old Church and the Govan Stones
- Sirwan (Upper Diyala) Regional Project
- Paints and pigments of the Antonine Wall
- PROCON Textile Production and Consumption in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE
Some recent publications
- Campbell, E. 2007. Continental and Mediterranean imports to Atlantic Britain and Ireland, AD 400−800. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report No 157
- Campbell, L., Wright, D. and Hall, N. A. (Eds.) 2018. Roots of Nationhood: The Archaeology and History of Scotland. Archaeopress: Oxford. ISBN 9781784919825
- Glatz, C. (Ed.) 2015. Plain Pottery Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: Production, Use, and Social Significance. Series: University College London Institute of Archaeology Publications. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek, CA. ISBN 9781629580906
- Gleba, M. & Harris, S. 2018. The first plant bast fibre technology: identifying splicing in archaeological textiles. Archaeological and Anthropological Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-018-0677-8
- Harris, S. 2017. From value to desirability: the allure of worldly things. World Archaeology, 49, 681–699, DOI:10.1080/00438243.2017.1413416
- Harris, S. and Douny, L. (Eds.) 2014. Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives. Series: Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek, California. ISBN 9781611328875
- Harris, S. and Veldmeijer, A. (Eds.) 2014. Why Leather? The Material and Cultural Dimensions of Leather. Sidestone: Leiden. ISBN 9789088902611
- Harrison, S. H. and Ó Floinn, R. 2015. Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland. Series: Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81. Series B, 11. National Museum of Ireland: Dublin. ISBN 9780901777997
- Lane, A & Campbell, E. 2000. Excavations at Dunadd: an early Dalriadic capital. Oxbow Monographs: Oxford. ISBN 9781842170243
Ceramic bowl with flints. Avocational Archaeological Atelier/Archaeological Housework project © Photographic Unit, The University of Glasgow
Recording avocational lithic analysis. Avocational Archaeological Atelier/Archaeological Housework project © The University of Glasgow