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University of British Columbia
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history of archaeology, early medieval history and archaeology, late antique and early medieval gender, colonial archaeology in the Maghreb, nineteenth-century France, French historiography, Christian archaeology; medievalism
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About Me

My expertise addresses a number of different fields including late antique and early medieval history and archaeology, history of archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and gender history and archaeology. The thread that ties these disparate specialities is the ideological and symbolical use of material culture (whether ruins, grave goods, clothing, or otherwise). The primary geographic focus of my research is on France (and its colonial possessions) but I can engage comparatively with other former parts of the ancient Roman world.

Recent Publications

Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018).

Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology: Vocabulary, Symbols and Legacy, co-edited with Guolong Lai (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2018).

Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France 1830-1914, History of Archaeology Series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages, Transformation of the Classical Heritage 35 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003).

Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul, “The New Middle Ages” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002); paperback edition, 2009.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, France, Mediterranean, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Military