BA and DPhil (York)
Professor Guy Halsall joined the department of history in January 2003. His doctoral research, carried out at York, was on the archaeology and history of the Merovingian region of Metz (north-eastern France and southern Germany), c.350-c.750. This was published as a monograph, Settlement and Social Organization: The Merovingian region of Metz (Cambridge, 1995). The research for that project fuelled his interest in the study of early medieval cemeteries and led to a number of articles examining the ways in which the evidence of funerary archaeology could be used to drive a new social history of the post-Roman world, and to a critical offensive against the interpretation of particular burial styles as representing the graves of migrating Germanic barbarians.
Besides studying the history and archaeology of Merovingian Gaul, Guy Halsall has developed an interest in the relationship between violence and society, culminating in the lengthy introduction to his edited volume Violence and Society in the Early Medieval West (Woodbridge, 1998; paperback 2002) and a study of feud and vengeance killing. This in turn led to a major monograph on warfare in early medieval society, published by Routledge in 2003. Currently, his principal research project is a study of the Barbarian Migrations in western Europe (including the British Isles), c.350-c.650. All of the above projects have emphasised the problems of the relationship between archaeology and documentary history. Guy Halsall has published one major article on this topic and plans a volume on the subject in the future.
Guy Halsall would welcome enquiries about research relating to any of the above areas, especially those which are interdisciplinary, using documentary and archaeological material.