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About Mark Gardiner

Mark Gardiner is a Reader in Heritage in the College of Arts. Mark Gardiner undertook research on the social and economic factors in the development of the late medieval historical landscape of eastern Sussex for his PhD at University College London. In 1984 he moved across the road to work at the Field Archaeology Unit at the Institute of Archaeology, excavating a series of sites in the south-east of England. These included the Franciscan friary at Lewes, the late medieval church at Broomhill and an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Highdown. He subsequently became the Deputy Director of the Field Archaeology Unit, then renamed Archaeology South-East. In 1996 he left the Institute to become a Lecturer, and later Senior Lecturer, in Medieval Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast. He undertook excavation at the port of Ardglass and began work in the North Atlantic, excavating in Shetland and Norway. He has worked with Dr Natascha Mehler on a series of survey projects, including the mostly recently, the Harbours of the North Atlantic. That project has included survey in Greenland, Iceland, the Faeroes and Norway. He has served as President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, President of the Medieval Settlement Research Group and Editor of Archaeological Journal. He was appointed as the British representative of the European settlement body, Ruralia, in 2004 and is currently Vice President. He is on the editorial boards of Vernacular Architecture and the Journal of the North Atlantic. He was appointed Reader at the University of Lincoln in 2017. He continues to work on historical landscapes and particularly land-use in the uplands, on trade and exchange in the North Atlantic and on medieval buildings. He is responsible for leading and developing Lincoln Conservation.

Subject Specialism

Late medieval archaeology:  upland landscapes, trade in the North Atlantic, medieval buildings


  • PhD — University College London, 1996
  • BA (Hons) — University College Cardiff, 1980


Committee member of Medieval Europe Research Committee Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute Vice-President of Ruralia, the Jean-Marie Pesez biennial conferences on rural settlement Member of the peer review committee of the Victoria County History Member of the editorial board of the Journal of the North Atlantic Member of the editorial board of Vernacular Architecture He has been external examiner in undergraduate programmes at the universities of Exeter, Cardiff, Southampton and Newcastle, and is currently acting in that role for Bournemouth University. He has examined doctoral theses in universities across Britain and Ireland. Director of Lincoln Conservation

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Research Interests

  • Medieval buildings

  • Late medieval trading systems in the North Atlantic

  • Medieval landscapes and farming in Ireland and Britain

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