Biography

Andrew J. Welton is a PhD Candidate in early medieval history at the University of Florida and a CLIR Mellon Doctoral Fellow. His research interests include the society and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, the influence of technological innovation on wider social transformations in the early middle ages, material culture and ‘thing theory,’ landscape archaeology, Late Antique religion, and burial practices. His dissertation is titled, ‘Enslaving Iron: The Spear in Early Anglo-Saxon Society.’

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Research

I research 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 craftsmanship created new kinds of experiences, identities, and communities in Early Middle England. My dissertation studies […]

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Teaching

I have taught courses on Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages, and the Ancient World. My teaching interests include the history of premodern technologies, the transformation of the Western Roman World, popular religion & magic, death & burial, and the social history of the middle ages. Courses Taught University of Florida, as sole instructor of […]

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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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