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Professor Martin Carver was an army officer for 15 years, a free-lance archaeologist for 13 years and has been an academic for 20 years. His specialities are Archaeological Practice and Protohistoric Europe. He has a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from UCL and a Diploma in Anglo-Saxon Studies from Durham.
He was elected as the first secretary of the newly formed Institute of Field Archaeologists in 1982 and Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries in 2002. He was appointed professor of archaeology at York in 1986 and was Head of Department from 1986 to 1996.
He has carried out archaeological field research on early Medieval towns (1975-1985) and has led campaigns of research, excavation and evaluation at Stafford (England), Castel Seprio (Italy), Achir (Algeria) and towns in southern France. He led the recent campaign of excavation and survey research at the 7th century princely burial ground of Sutton Hoo (1983-2005) and discovered and excavated the first monastery of the Picts at Portmahomack, NE Scotland, 6-9th century (1996-2007). This work has thrown light on changes in social control and Christianisation in northern Europe(400-900) and has helped to establish York's pre-eminent position in early medieval archaeology.
Martin Carver's current principal activity is Editor of Antiquity. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2008.
He will give the Rhind Lectures in Edinburgh 23-25 April 2010.