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Dr Kate Mees


I originally read Modern Languages (Italian & French) at UCL, and spent a year teaching English in Rome, Italy, before returning to the UK to undertake an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol.

My MA dissertation examined the changing perceptions of megalithic monuments and earthworks in Anglesey, North Wales, during the post-medieval period, focusing in particular on the incorporation of prehistoric monuments into designed landscapes, and their exploitation in the construction of a Welsh national identity. Through this research, I developed an interest in the concept of the 'past in the past' and the symbolic claiming of the past for social or political reasons in different societies, which subsequently inspired me to explore these concepts in relation to monument reuse and identity in the early medieval period in my doctoral thesis.

I have been involved in numerous research and commercial projects in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, France, Italy and Slovenia, conducting both fieldwork and desk-based research. I have assisted the National Trust's archaeological team on fieldwork projects as well as data management (HBSMR) for many years, and have recently been contracted to research and write Archaeological and Historic Landscape Surveys of NT properties in my capacity as an independent heritage consultant.

I am currently enjoying my role as Assistant Editor of Post-Medieval Archaeology.

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