Dr Steve Ashby
Lecturer

Profile

Biography

Steve Ashby BSc (Birmingham), MSc Ph.D (York) is a medieval archaeologist with specialism in the archaeology of portable material culture and the use of animal products in craft and industry. He is particularly interested in the relationship between the various regions of Britain and Scandinavia before, during, and after the Viking Age.

Before starting up at York, Steve was employed by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, as Finds Liaison Officer for Northamptonshire, a role that involved working closely with local communities, amateur archaeologists, and metal detectorists in order to preserve by record the vast numbers of chance finds recovered by members of the public. Steve continues his association with the PAS, and is interested in exploiting the potential of the data it produces, particularly regarding early medieval craft, trade, and identity, and battlefield archaeology.

Steve teaches in a range of medieval subjects, as well as in the practical aspects of artefact studies, and is also Chair of the Board of Studies, which means that he oversees all the teaching in the department, and will be one of the members of staff that new students will get to know quite well.

Steve is becoming a regular in the media on matters Viking, most recently recording extras for the History Channel's popular 'Vikings' drama.

He cheers loudly for Northampton Saints, and more quietly for Coventry City.

 

For all Board of Studies business, please contact archaeology@york.ac.uk

 

Departmental roles

 

  • Chair of the Board of Studies (2011-)
  • Previously (2011-12) Chair of the Archaeology and History Combined Honours Executive Committee
  • Previously (2008-10) Chair of the Board of Examiners, Centre for Medieval Studies

University roles

  • PGCAP (Staff Training) Supervisor (2012-)

Research

Overview

Steve’s PhD thesis focused on bone and antler hair combs in Britain and Scandinavia between c.AD 800 and 1400. It used novel archaeological and scientific techniques to examine the manufacture, exchange, and use of these often overlooked items, and considered their role as dress accessories in the construction of identity.

His wider research interests include dress and identity, medieval craft and industry, and the articulation of human and animal worlds in the Middle Ages. Steve's work also intersects with the archaeologies of appearance and self-representation, and of the social role of technologies.

In general terms, he is interested in the integration of scientific techniques with contemporary theory, in order to ask questions about society, trade, and identity. He would be interested in supervising research students working in any of these areas.

Current projects

Research group(s)

Grants

 British Academy Small Grant 2010 for Crafting Networks in Viking Towns (with Soren Sindbaek)

Learning and Teaching Grant 2013 'Travelling the Viking World'

Awards

Vice Chancellor's TeachinG Award, 2013.

Runner-up  Martyn Jope award 2010 for best paper in Medieval Archaeology

University of York/YUSU Supervisor of the Year 2010.

Collaborators

Joann Fletcher (TASTE)

Soren Sindbaek (CNVT)

Gitte Hansen and Irene Baug, Bergen Museum (Actors and Affordable Crafts)

Available PhD research projects

I am interested in supervising PhDs on any area of study in the fields of early-medieval craft, trade, identity, or material culture.

Supervision

I currently supervise the following PhD Students:

 

Alison Leonard

Robert Webley

External activities

Memberships

Editorial duties

Invited talks and conferences

Session Chair, Early Medieval Archaeological Students Symposium, 2009

Session Chair and Invited Speaker, Researching Ivories workshops 2009.

Invited Speaker, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2010

Invited Speaker, Early Medieval Finds from the British Isles conference, University of Oxford, 2010

Media coverage

Radio: Appearances on BBC Radio Orkney, BBC Radio Northamptonshire.

TV: BBC 1's 'The One Show' , ITV local news, Channel 4 Time Team specials: The Real Vikings  and The Lost Battle of 1066. 

Teaching

Undergraduate

First year
  • Field Archaeology - Lecturer (Metal-detecting)
  • Prehistory to Present - Lecturer (Anglo-Saxon and Viking)
Second year
  • Themes in Historical Archaeology - Lecturer
  • Practical Option (artefacts) - Lecturer
  • Team Project (artefacts) - Lecturer
  • Research Skills- Module leader
Third year
  • Dissertation - Module leader
  • Special Topic: Diocletian to Danelaw- Module leader
  • Special Topic: Landscape and Community in Viking-Age Britain and Ireland - Module leader
  • Assessed Seminar: Viking-Age Britain and Ireland - Module leader
  • Assessed Seminar: The Medieval Artisan - Module leader

Postgraduate

  • The Vikings - Module leader
  • Collection of Field Archaeology Data - Lecturer (Artefacts)
  • Skills - Lecturer (Assessed Lecture)
  • Using Archaeology (for Medieval Studies) - Lecturer (Artefacts)
  • Core Course (for Medieval Studies) - Lecturer (Viking-Age Sculpture and Literature)
  • Viking-Age Northumbria (for Medieval Studies) - Lecturer (Artefacts)

Other teaching

Postgraduate, in Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Using Archaeology - Lecturer (Artefacts)
  • Core Course  - Lecturer (Viking-Age Sculpture and Literature)
  • Viking-Age Northumbria - Lecturer (Artefacts)

Dr Steve Ashby

Contact details

Dr Steven Ashby
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor
York
YO1 7EP

Tel: (44) 1904 323952
Fax: (44) 1904 323902