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anomiid shell from excavation at the Old Council House, Bristol

I am a Lecturer in Geography (Environmental Change and Sustainability) at Bath Spa University, UK. I’m also a part-time PhD student at Cardiff University, where I’m studying the ecological impact of island settlements in the Western Isles of Scotland.

I believe that archaeology, even the very detailed stuff, is for sharing, and so the results of my archaeomalacological analyses can be searched in this database, and (where appropriate) appear on the South West Britain Palaeobiodiversity Maps These two need updating though! I am a strong advocate of open access publication, and am a joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Open Quaternary.

I am a member of Guerilla Archaeology, a collective who organise archaeology-based public engagement at surprising venues. I am also a co-organiser of Day of Archaeology,and an editor (and project director) of WikiArc, a collaborative online reference tool for archaeologists, and an editor of Kid Vinyl, a e-zine about music.

My Publications

Law, M., and Colleen Morgan, 2014. The archaeology of digital abandonment: online sustainability and archaeological sites. Present Pasts, 6 (1): 2. pp. 9-11. doi: 10.5334/pp.58.

Law, M., 2014. Recording breakage in true limpet (Gastropoda: Patellidae) shells. Archaeo+Malacology Newsletter, 24. pp. 9-11.

Law, M., 2014. [Book review] “Living in a Dangerous Climate: Climate Change and Human Evolution” by Renee Hetherington. Ethnobiology Letters, 5, pp. 42-43. doi: 10.14237/ebl.5.2014.4243

Law, M., 2014. [Book review] “The Politics of Climate Change” (Second Edition) by Anthony Giddens. Geographical, 86 (3), p. 72

Law, M., 2013. [Book Review] “Negotiating Climate Change” by Amanda Machin. Geographical, 85 (12), p.63.

Law, M., 2013. [Book Review] “Climate: A Very Short Introduction” by Mark Maslin. Geographical, 85 (10), p. 61.

Law, M., 2013. Bryozoans in archaeology. Internet Archaeology, 35. doi:10.11141/ia.35.3

Mulville, J., and Law, M., 2013. Environmental Archaeology and Community Engagement: activities and advice. Cardiff: CORG/ Association for Environmental Archaeology. (Read online).

Law, M., 2013. [Book Review] “What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?” by Tony Juniper. Geographical, 85 (4), p. 63.

Evans, J.G., Matthew Law, and Nigel Thew, 2012. Stability and flux in the dune environment, in Niall Sharples, The Beaker-period and Early Bronze Age settlement at Sligeanach, Cill Donnain, in Mike Parker Pearson, ed. From Machair to Mountains: archaeological survey and excavation in South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow. pp. 250-253.

Law, M., 2012. Shellfish and coastal exploitation, in Niall Sharples, The Beaker-period and Early Bronze Age settlement at Sligeanach, Cill Donnain, in Mike Parker Pearson, ed. From Machair to Mountains: archaeological survey and excavation in South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow. pp. 247-250.

Law, M., 2011. Zooarchaeology on the Internet: a view from Britain, The SAA Archaeological Record, 11 (1), 11-14. (Read online)

Law, M., and Jessica Winder, 2009. Different rates of survival of right and left valves of european oyster (Ostrea edulis L.) from archaeological sites in Britain, Archaeo+Malacology Newsletter 16, 1-3. (PDF)

Law, M., 2009. For the sake of the worms, British Archaeology, 108, 36-38 (Online)

Law, M., 2009. Shell pendant, in Reg Jackson, Excavations at Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol, 2005. Bristol and Avon Archaeology 22. 68

Law, M., Guy Hunt, and David Connolly, 2009. Building a Website for Your Project, BAJR Guide 22, (PDF // Wiki text version)

Conference Presentations

2014

“Sustainability in life and work: student creative projects for sustainability communication”, paper presented at Embedding Education for Sustainability in a Creative and Multi-disciplinary Context workshop, Bath Spa University, UK, March 2014.

2013

“Prehistoric wetland-dryland interactions on a buried island, Walpole, Somerset”, poster (co-authored with Charles Hollinrake, Nancy Hollinrake and Arthur Hollinrake) presented at Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, Bournemouth, UK, December 2013.

“Snails, sand dunes and archaeology in the Outer Hebrides”, invited paper presented to the Conchological Society, London, October 2013.

“Share with Schools: widening access, engaging communities and delivering employability skills to undergraduates”, paper (co-authored with Hannah Buckingham, Tom George, Catherine Horler-Underwood, James Jenkins, Melissa Julian-Jones and Dave Wyatt) presented at Knowledge Exchange Conference, Southampton, UK, July 2013.

“Provoking the Past: Guerilla Archaeology”, paper (co-authored with Jacqui Mulville and Rich Madgwick) presented at Public Engagement Ambassadors event, Cardiff, UK, June 2013.

“Day of Archaeology: large-scale collaborative digital archaeology”, invited paper (co-authored with Andrew Dufton, Stu Eve, Tom Goskar, Pat Hadley, Jess Ogden, and Lorna Richardson) presented at Society for Historical Archaeology conference, Leicester, UK, January 2013

2012

“The Archaeology of Digital Abandonment”, invited paper (co-authored with Colleen Morgan) presented at Digital Engagement in Archaeology conference, UCL, UK, November 2012

“Littoral grazing by sheep: direct evidence from dental calculus”, poster presented at the Association for Environmental Archaeology Spring Conference, Plymouth, UK, April 2012.

2011

“PEACE – Postgraduate Environmental Archaeology and Community Engagement”,  short paper and poster presented at TAG, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, December 2011 (with Jacqui Mulville)

“Beach detritus as a cultural resource in island societies”, paper presented at TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, December 2011

“PEACE – Postgraduate Environmental Archaeology and Community Engagement”, poster presented at AHRC public engagement event, London, UK, September 2011 (with Jacqui Mulville)

“Bryozoa and British Archaeology”, poster presented at QRA Postgraduate Symposium, Durham University, UK, August 30th – September 1st, 2011

2010

“Snails, Other Invertebrates, and Coastal Archaeology in South West Britain”, paper presented at TAG – Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Bristol, UK, 17th-19th December 2010.

“Hands on Activities at the National Museum of Wales”, at PEACE – Postgraduate Environmental Archaeology and Community Engagement, at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, 1st December 2010

“Land Snails, Sand Dunes and Archaeology in the Outer Hebrides” (joint paper with Nigel Thew), at Hebridean Archaeological Forum, September 2010

“Archaeozoology on the Internet, a view from Britain”, paper presented at ICAZ conference, Paris, August 2010

“Shells from Archaeological Building Materials”, poster presented at ICAZ conference, Paris, August 2010

“The Human Body from Death to Ancient Skeleton”, talk presented at A Pint with the Past, Bristol, UK, 23rd July 2010

2009

“Mapping Bioarchaeological Results from Grey Literature”, poster presented at the 30th Meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology, York, UK, September 2009 [view online]

List of Unpublished Reports

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2008 11:33 am

    Hi Matthew,

    glad you like our website. Is there any way we can contribute any of our content to your Wiki, and vice versa to yours? And if you’re in London any time over the summer, come and see us, and have a look at the site.

    All the best

    Lorna

  2. February 11, 2009 7:38 pm

    Hello, Matthew

    It is interesting to see that some of my oyster shell reports are being used. Regarding the right valve survival theory, perhaps I should search out some of the data that I have amassed over the past thirty years from archaeological sites in the south of England, to see if that idea still holds up. I’ll get back to you when I have had a chance to substantiate or refute the original idea.

    Get in touch any time if you have questions about oysters or other edible molluscs from excavations. I still work as an archaeomalacological consultant (Oysters etc.) but do not have an internet presence yet under that particular identity. I’m thinking of creating a site or blog with .pdf files of all the published and unpublished oyster material.

    I am mostly connecting my interest in marine molluscs and other nature with photography these days. I work as Artistic Nature Photography at http://www.artnaturephotos.co.uk and have a photographic portfolio at http://www.latentlight.com.

    I have just started working on a new blog about seashore life using some of the thousands of photographs I have taken of molluscs and other things on beaches. You can find Jessica’s Nature Blog at http://natureinfocus.WordPress.com

    I am glad that I came across your site. It has given me the impetus to look at some of my archaeological work again.

  3. February 12, 2009 10:34 pm

    Hi Mathew
    Just found your site:

    “I believe that archaeology, even the very detailed stuff, is for sharing”

    Spot on, could not agree more.

    I currently live outside of the academic firewall, and I am committed to making research not just available & accessible, but comprehensible, to as many people as possible.

  4. Rita permalink
    November 5, 2009 12:25 am

    Hi Matthew,

    I’m an undergraduate Anthropolgy major at the University of Rhode Island, currently enrolled in an archaeological ethics course.

    I’m am currently doing a research project on the effects of eBay and archaeological sites and artifacts and was wondering if you would be willing to put a link to a quick survey I have created.

    I have been reading some scholarly articles on the matter and am quite surprised that there isn’t much research going into the matter.

    Here is the link to my survey, just in case.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oR4ppCPNbjPOn_2fjdUDTCgA_3d_3d

    thank you so much

    -Rita

  5. February 24, 2010 2:28 pm

    Hi Matthew,

    Just dropping you a comment to let you know that we’ve just opened up round two of our Ancient World in London Bloggers Challenge over at Heritage-Key.com. We’re looking for blogs about the best ancient site in London – it’d be great to see an entry from you!

    The best entry this round – picked by a panel of judges at Heritage Key – will receive five books of their choice from Thames & Hudson’s current catalogue. The grand prize is a holiday in Turkey!

    http://heritage-key.com/blogs/malcolmj/ancient-world-london-bloggers-challenge-2-most-important-site-london

    Thanks!
    Malcolm

    • January 5, 2014 3:56 pm

      Hi Matthew.
      I administer a website called Commuterbooks.com,
      If for example, you want to promote a publication for general release I will gladly
      upload a link and brief profile free of charge, Incidentally , I have a e-book on Amazon that focuses on the Prehistoric features 40 miles around Manchester.

      I like your site…
      Best regards
      Jon

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