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Dr Kate Mees

Dr Kate Mees

Dr Kate Mees

Research Associate

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Research summary

My research focuses on early medieval interaction with the natural and man-made environment. I am interested in the ways in which communities manipulated and exploited topographic features and ancient remains, particularly through funerary practices. My broader interests include perceptions of the past, transhumance and agrarian history, the historiography of archaeological investigation, and the application of GIS and related technologies in landscape archaeology.

My AHRC-funded doctoral research, conducted at the University of Exeter, investigated the motivations behind the positioning of burial sites in fifth- to ninth-century Wessex, taking into account patterns of movement, territorial development, resource exploitation, and political and ...

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Biography

I originally read Modern Languages (Italian & French) at UCL, and spent a year teaching English in Rome, Italy, before returning to the UK to undertake an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol.

My MA dissertation examined the changing perceptions of megalithic monuments and earthworks in Anglesey, North Wales, during the post-medieval period, focusing in particular on the incorporation of prehistoric monuments into designed landscapes, and their exploitation in the construction of a Welsh national identity. Through this research, I developed an interest in the concept of the 'past in the past' and the symbolic claiming of the past ...

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