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.
Mulville, J., Niall Sharples and Matthew Law, eds., 2015. 2010 Hebridean Archaeological Forum. Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume 9.
Law M., and Nigel Thew, 2015. Land snails, sand dunes and archaeology in the Outer Hebrides. Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume 9. pp.125-133
Herridge, V., Suzanne Pilaar Birch, and Matthew Law, 2015. Open Quaternary: a new, open access journal for Quaternary research. Open Quaternary, 1 . doi: 10.5334/oq.ad.
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. Mollusc shells from archaeological building materials. In Katherine Szabo, Catherine Dupont, Vesna Dimitrijevic, Luis Gomez Gastelum and Nathalie Serrand, eds., Archaeomalacology: shells in the archaeological record. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 253-256.
Law, M., and Nancy Hollinrake, 2014. The Walpole Landfill Site: wet, muddy & rewarding. British Archaeology, 138. pp. 28-33.
Law, M., 2014. [Book review] “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein. Geographical, 86 (12), p. 61.
Law, M., 2014. [Book review] “Can Science Fix Climate Change?” by Mike Hulme. Geographical, 86 (6), p. 60.
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
“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.
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“Mapping Bioarchaeological Results from Grey Literature”, poster presented at the 30th Meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology, York, UK, September 2009 [view online]