Staff Profile:Professor Martin Bell

Name:
Professor Martin Bell
Job Title:
Professor in Archaeological Science
Responsibilities:
Currently on research leave
Areas of Interest:
  • Environmental change
  • The prehistory of soil erosion
  • Experimental archaeology

Postgraduate Supervision

Martin currently supervises six research students covering topics including: in situ preservation (Louise Jones); mollusc middens in Morocco (Victoria Taylor); wooduse (John Walker); experimental archaeology of soils and sediments (Chris Speed; Amy Poole); Mesolithic riverine archaeology (Abigail George). Martin is keen to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in geoarchaeology, prehistoric coastal archaeology, snail analysis in archaeology and experimental archaeology (particularly formation processes and the role of science in heritage outreach sites).

For further information, please contact m.g.bell@reading.ac.uk

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Key Facts

Martin teaches environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology and coastal and maritime archaeology.

His research concerns the contribution which archaeology makes to an understanding of environmental change on a wide range of timescales. Analytically he is interested in the analysis of soils, sediments and molluscs, land and marine. Topics include the prehistory of soil erosion, experimental archaeology and particularly coastal environments. Coastal research has focused on an extensive programme of fieldwork and excavations in the Severn Estuary where he has been working since 1983. This has particularly involved major excavations at Brean Down, Goldcliff and Redwick. Discoveries at these sites include several Mesolithic settlements and human and animal footprints, and many Bronze Age and Iron Age buildings and wood structures such as trackways and fish traps. Current fieldwork projects include the Peterstone palaeochannels project in the Severn Estuary (with Dr Alex Brown), investigations at various experimental archaeology sites including Butser Ancient Farm and St Fagans, National History Museum Wales as part of the Developing Experimental Approaches in Archaeology Project. He is also involved in a project on in situ monitoring of wetland sites in the Somerset Levels and a cave excavation at Taforalt, Morocco (with Prof Nick Barton, Oxford).

His publications include:

  • The Mesolithic in Western Britain 2007. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 149
  • Late Quaternary Environmental Change (with M.J.C. Walker). Second edition 2005. Harlow: Pearson / Prentice Hall
  • Prehistoric Intertidal Archaeology in the Welsh Estuary 2000 (with Astrid Caseldine and Heike Neumann).
  • The Experimental Earthwork Project 1960-1992. 1996 ( with Peter Fowler and Simon Hillson) York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 100
  • Past and Present Soil Erosion 1992 (edited with John Boardman). Oxford: Oxbow Monograph 22.
  • Brean Down Excavations 1983-87. 1990. London: English Heritage Archaeological Report 15
  • Wilsford Shaft excavations 1960-62. 1989 (with Paul Ashbee and Edwina Proudfoot). London: English Heritage Archaeological Report 11

 

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Qualifications:
BSc, PhD (London), FBA, FSA
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Contact Details

Email:
m.g.bell@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7724

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