Archaeobotany

Archaeobotany is the study of anciently preserved plant remains, and of how people interacted with plants - wild and cultivated - throughout history.

As a practising archaeobotanist, Mark is involved with a number of community and research projects, detailed here.

photograph of microscope work

Lyminge Archaeological Project

Lyminge, Kent, is the focus of a long-running research project by the University of Reading, at a unique site of international importance: an early Anglo-Saxon royal centre with a fantastically rich artefactual record, and the royal monastery which followed in the 7th-9th centuries. Bronze Age, Saxo-Norman, and Second World War features were also discovered. Visit the project website for more information.

Mark's work on the plant remains from this fascinating site is documented in two reports:

Church Meadow, Ewell

Beneath the parish of Ewell, Surrey, lie the remains of a Romano-British settlement situated on Stane Street, a Roman road. Rescue excavations by the Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society took place between 2012 and 2014 at Church Meadow, at the north-east of the Roman settlement, revealing pits, wells, ditches and routeways.

Among the finds recovered are some 30 environmental samples which Mark will be analysing, with a focus on the charred plant remains, to help shed more light on the environment and economy of this roadside Roman settlement.