Biography

Andrew J. Welton is a historian of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. He is completing the final year of his PhD at the University of Florida. His research focuses upon the society and material culture of Early Anglo-Saxon England. In particular, he examines how changing human experiences of materials, objects, and technologies transformed cultural values and social systems during Britain's transition from a Late Roman province into the kingdoms of the Early Middle Ages. More broadly, Andrew studies Late Antique and Early Medieval material culture, "thing theory," landscape archaeology, Late Antique religion, burial practices, and "barbarians" (both as historical people groups, and as an enduring rhetorical trope in Antiquity and modern medievalism). His dissertation is titled, "Spears in Early Anglo-Saxon England: A Social-Technological Study." Andrew is a 2015 CLIR Mellon Doctoral Fellow, a Lilly Graduate Fellow, and a recipient of numerous research awards including a Helen Maud Cam dissertation grant from the Medieval Academy of America.

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Research

My research explores the social and technological transformations which followed the end of Roman rule in southeast Britain, during the years 400-700 CE. I use both written and archaeological sources, and I am particularly curious about how new methods of craft production created new kinds of material experiences, social identities, and communities in Late Antique / Early […]

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Teaching

My university teaching experience spans a broad range of chronology and topics, from the Ancient World to the Middle Ages. I am also an experienced writing instructor, having taught for the University of Florida’s Writing Program in the 2017-18 academic year. In the classroom, my goal is to train students to master the interdisciplinary methods used […]

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Recent Blog Entries

Did England have an Ancient Growth Spurt?

The Times published an article this morning which serves as a cautionary lesson in irresponsible archaeological reporting. The article’s problems are subtle, but important. The article describes a new study of medieval population demographics outside Winchester, in England. I haven’t read the study yet (I intend to, though), and it’s probably very good. This post isn’t […]

The flesh eaters of Civaux

We’ve been staying in Poitiers for the past week, and this morning Bonnie Effros took us on a tour of the Merovingian (and modern) cemetery at Civaux. It’s an incredible place, and I’m mostly going to let the pictures speak for themselves. But in brief, something like 15,000 stone sarcophagi ¹ were buried in this […]

We no longer play at war

Personal reflections on this day’s violence I looked at a spearhead made from recycled metal last month in Cambridge. The metal was from all sorts of different sources – good steel, broken weapons, things with stories and histories. Some of it was almost certainly gathered from old Roman ruins, and I think its owner was […]

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