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Dr Kate Mees

Dr Kate Mees

Dr Kate Mees

Research Associate

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Summary

My research focuses on early medieval interaction with the natural and man-made environment. I am interested in the ways in which communities manipulated and exploited topographic features and ancient remains, particularly through funerary practices. My broader interests include perceptions of the past, transhumance and agrarian history, the historiography of archaeological investigation, and the application of GIS and related technologies in landscape archaeology.

My AHRC-funded doctoral research, conducted at the University of Exeter, investigated the motivations behind the positioning of burial sites in fifth- to ninth-century Wessex, taking into account patterns of movement, territorial development, resource exploitation, and political and religious ideologies.

At Bristol, I am currently working on bringing to publication the results of a long-term landscape project focused on an Iron Age hillfort and its environs in Moselle, eastern France, with Dr Volker Heyd, in collaboration with colleagues in France and Germany.

In autumn 2016 I will take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, to work on a project entitled Funerary Landscapes and Social Change in Early Medieval Northwest Europe, c. AD 400-900.

Publications

Books

Mees, K. (in prep.) Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Journal articles

Heyd, V., Mees, K., Koscher, B. and Furholt, M. (in prep.) 'Territoriality, continuity and expressions of power: a Late Hallstatt "princely site" at Tincry (Lorraine), eastern France'.

Mees, K. 2013. 'From the sublime to the Druidical: changing perceptions of prehistoric monuments in southern Anglesey in the post-medieval period'. Post-Medieval Archaeology 47/1: 222-46.

Mees, K. 2010. 'Documentary and literary evidence relating to Burwash Forge and Wynhamford Mill, East Sussex'. Wealden Iron 2nd Series, 30: 10-29.

Book reviews

Mees, K. 2014. 'Review: The Archaeology of the Dykes: From the Romans to Offa’s Dyke, by Mark Bell (Amberley Publishing, 2012)'. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 107: 255-6.

Talks

'Hydrology and the mortuary topography of early medieval southern England' (poster presentation), 67th International Sachsensymposion, Antwerp, September 2016.

'Tradition and transformation in the funerary landscape of Wessex, AD 450-850', International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016.

'Death, display and the appropriation of the antecedent landscape in Wessex, c. AD 450-850', EMASS 2014: neEMASS, Durham University, May 2014.

'From the sublime to the druidical: changing perceptions of chambered tombs in southern Anglesey', TAG 2010: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Bristol, December 2010.

Biography

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.

Academia page: https://bristol.academia.edu/KateMees

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