Staff Profile:Dr Gabor Thomas
- Dr Gabor Thomas
- Job Title:
- Lecturer in Archaeology
- Admissions Tutor
- Areas of Interest:
- Early medieval artefacts, with a particular interest in ornamental metalwork and dress accessories
- Early medieval art and iconography
- Cultural identity in Viking-age England
- The archaeology of early medieval rural settlement
Gabor currently supervises three PhD students covering topics from ritual on Anglo-Saxon settlements (Knox), cultural identity and late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age disc-brooches (Weetch) and the palaeopathology of early medieval migration (Andrews). Gabor is happy to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in areas concerned with the material culture, landscape and settlement archaeology of the early medieval period. Please contact Dr Thomas.
- Research groups / Centres:
Gabor teaches modules on Early Medieval archaeology in Britain and north-west Europe with an emphasis on the period 800-1100 A.D.There are two strands to his research. The first examines Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age ornamental metalwork to offer insights into aspects of contemporary craft production, regional artistic expression and cultural identity. Much of his published work on this theme, covering excavated assemblages, silver hoards and wider synthetic surveys, draws upon the wealth of new data on metal-detector finds being gathered by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.He has recently initiated a project (with Lyn Blackmore, Museum of London Archaeological Services) surveying Carolingian metalwork in Britain and is currently preparing a book on Late Anglo-Saxon ornamental metalwork examined from a range of social perspectives.
The second concerns the archaeology of early medieval village and manorial origins in South-East England gained through fieldwork and excavation within currently-inhabited settlements.As part of this investigation, the role of the church as a stimulus for landscape and social change is being examined, as are the challenges and complexities of using physical evidence to characterise the status and function of early medieval rural settlements.His major campaign of excavations at Bishopstone, East Sussex (see the Bishopstone Project), was published in 2010 by the Council for British Archaeology and he is currently engaged in excavating the site of an Anglo-Saxon monastic settlement in Lyminge, Kent: Anglo-Saxon Monastic Landscapes: A reconstruction from Lyminge, Kent).
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- Thomas, G. (2013) Life before the minster: the social dynamics of monastic foundation at Anglo-Saxon Lyminge, Kent. Antiquaries Journal, 93. ISSN 1758-5309 (In Press)
- Thomas, G. (2013) A casket fit for a West Saxon courtier: the Plumpton Hoard and its place in the minor arts of Late Anglo-Saxon England. In: Reynolds, A. and Webster, L. (eds.) Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World: Studies in Honour of James Graham-Campbell. The Northern world (58). Brill, Leiden, pp. 425-458. ISBN 9789004235038
- Thomas, G. (2012) Carolingian culture in the North Sea world: rethinking the cultural dynamics of personal adornment in Viking age England. European Journal of Archaeology, 15 (3). pp. 486-518. ISSN 1741-2722
- Thomas, G. (2012) The prehistory of medieval farms and villages. In: Christie, N. and Stamper, P. (eds.) Medieval Rural Settlement: Britain and Ireland, AD 800-1600. Windgather Press, Macclesfield, pp. 43-62. ISBN 9781905119424
- Thomas, G. and Knox, A. (2012) A window on Christianisation: transformation at Anglo-Saxon Lyminge, Kent, England. Antiquity Bulletin, 86 (334). ISSN 0003-598X
- Thomas, G. (2011) Overview: craft production and technology. In: Hamerow, H., Hinton, D.A. and Crawford, S. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Oxford University Press, pp. 405-422. ISBN 9780199212149
- Thomas, G. (2010) The later Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bishopstone. A downland manor in the making. Research Report (RR163). Council for British Archaeology, York, pp280. ISBN 9781902771830
- Thomas, G. (2009) The strap-ends and hooked-tags. In: Evans, D. H. and Loveluck, C. (eds.) Life and Economy at Early Medieval Flixborough, c. AD 600-1000: The Artefact Evidence: Excavations at Flixborough. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp534. ISBN 9781842173107
- Thomas, G. (2009) The symbolic lives of Late Anglo-Saxon settlements: A timber structure and iron hoard from Bishopstone, East Sussex. The Archaeological Journal, 165. pp. 334-398. (2008)
- Thomas, G., Payne, N. and Okasha, O. (2008) Re-evaluating base-metal artefacts: an inscribed lead strap-end from Crewkerne, Somerset. Anglo-Saxon England, 37. pp. 173-181. ISSN 0263-6751 doi: DOI:10.1017/S0263675109990196
Thomas, G. (2006) Refining the biography of a market-place tenement: a recent excavation and archaeological interpretative survey at The Marlipins, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, Sussex Archaeological Collections 143, 173-204.
Thomas, G. (2006) Reflections on a 9th-century Northumbrian metalworking tradition: a silver hoard from Poppleton, North Yorkshire Medieval Archaeology 50, 143-164.
Thomas, G. (2005) Brightness in a time of dark": the production of secular ornamental metalwork in 9th century Northumbria, in De Re Metallica: the Uses of Metal in the Middle Ages (Ed. R. Bork) AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, Volume 4, Ashgate Press, 31-48.
Thomas, G. (2005) In the Shadow of Rookery Hill: Excavations at Bishopstone, East Sussex, Current Archaeology vol.196, 184-190.
Thomas, G. (2003). An Early Medieval Insular Buckle, in: Hardy, A., Dodd, & G. D. Keevill, Aelfrics Abbey: Excavations at Eynsham Abbey, Oxfordshire, 1989-1992, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 16, Oxford Archaeology, 251-54.
Thomas, G. (2003) Hamsey near Lewes, East Sussex: the implications of recent finds of Late Anglo-Saxon metalwork for its importance in the Pre-Conquest period, Sussex Archaeological Collections 139, 123-132.
Thomas, G. (2001) Strap-Ends and the Identification of Regional Patterns in the Production and Circulation of Ornamental Metalwork in Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Britain, in Pattern and Purpose in Insular Art, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Insular Art held at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff 3-6 September 1998 (Eds. M. Redknap, N. Edwards, S. Youngs, A. Lane & J. Knight), Oxbow Books, Oxford, 39-49.
Thomas, G. (2001) Vikings in the City: A Ringerike-style buckle and related artefacts from the London, London Archaeologist 9, no. 8, 228-230.
Thomas, G. (2000) Anglo-Scandinavian metalwork from the Danelaw: Exploring Social and Cultural Interaction, in: Cultures in Contact: Scandinavian Settlement in England in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (Eds. D.M. Hadley J. D. Richards), Studies in the Early Middle Ages, Brepols, Turnhout, 237-255.
- BA (London), MA (London), Ph.D. (London)