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Lawrence Rees


Areas of interest

  • Medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Archaeology of buildings
  • Heritage based placemaking
  • GIS and deposit modelling

Research projects

Reading Abbey: Connecting Archaeology, Heritage Management and Placemaking.

Founded in 1121 as a Royal Mausoleum, Reading Abbey was one of the wealthiest monasteries in Medieval England. It represents the zenith of Anglo-Norman art and architecture, and played a significant role in hosting the royal court and parliament. Despite being a site of national significance, Reading Abbey has seen relatively little study due a lack of standing fabric.

This project seeks to develop a coherent archaeological narrative for the precinct of the abbey by synthesising data from a range of sources, and explore ways of presenting this data using GIS and deposit modelling. Working alongside partners at Reading Museum and Berkshire Archaeology, the project findings will be used to assist management of the site and ongoing placemaking and public engagement initiatives.

This project is generously funded by the AHRC through the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.


Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading)

Dr Fraser Sturt (University of Southampton)

Matthew Williams (Reading Museum)

Fiona MacDonald (Berkshire Archaeology)



I hold a BA in Archaeology (First Class Honours) from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL. Prior to commencing my PhD, I spent several years working as a Field Archaeologist at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge. I also completed a one year CIfA funded training placement at Historic England, where I co-authored a study on Lesnes Abbey in South London.



Twitter: @LReesArch


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