Dr Olga Magoula
Research Associate



Olga Magoula (Ph.D. 2009, M.Phil. 2003) is a graduate of the University of Birmingham. From 2003 to 2009 she was an AHRC and School of Historical Studies, Birmingham-funded doctoral student at the University of Birmingham where she researched Anglo-Saxon and Frankish Textiles and Metalwork from the early medieval archaeology and the historical sources. She was employed as contract Lecturer of Medieval History at Ioannina University, Greece in 2009-2010.

In August 2017 she accepted the offer of the Scouloudi Award from Institute of Historical Research for an article titled: “The Social Status of metalworkers in the North Sea area (7th century to 9th century AD) the first report of which is posted on the IHR website: www.history.ac.uk/fellowships. This is the first of a series of articles on the social status of metalworkers and the role of metalworking production between the seventh and the ninth centuries in Anglo-Saxon England, Francia, Italy and the North Sea region. She is working on the final draft of a monograph based on her Ph.D. Thesis, on Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Dress.

She has worked as an archaeologist for the National Institute of Research in Greece, specializing in Venetian objects by the time she was completing her B.A. in Archaeology and History at the University of Crete (1998-2002) (First Class Hons.) where she was awarded the Greek Ministry of Education Scholarship (I.K.Y.) for four years.


Selected publications

Magoula O.  “Archaeological evidence for the Introduction of a Byzantine Dress System in Merovingian Francia” 27th Symposium of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Athens, Deltion of Christian Archaeological Society, English Summaries (2008) 115-117.

Magoula O., “Multicultural Clothing in Sixth-Century Ravenna” Medieval Clothing and Textiles 14  (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2018)  1-36.

Magoula O., “On the Social Status of the Metalworker around the North Sea Area in the Seventh to the the Ninth Centuries” (under review).

Magoula O. “Metalworking Production and Craft Organisation in Ecclesiastical Centres: Anglo-Saxon England, Francia, Italy” (under review).

Magoula O. “Elusive Smiths and Elusive Metalworking Residues? Exploring Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Ore Dressing Methods in Early Medieval Metalworking Sites” (submitted).

Magoula O. “Vitta and velum: Paradigms of Early Medieval Gendered Headwear from text and archaeology” (submitted).

Magoula O. “Metalworking Production and Social Change in the Seventh to the Ninth Centuries: Francia, Anglo-Saxon England, Italy” (In preparation).

Magoula O. “The Archaeology of Women’s Headwear in Francia and Anglo-Saxon England: Practical and Performative Considerations” (In preparation).



Olga Magoula researches the archaeology and historical sources of metalwork and metalworkers, dress, textiles, dress accessories in early medieval Europe, particularly Anglo-Saxon England, Francia, Italy, and the North Sea region. Forthcoming articles examine the social status of smiths around the North Sea from the seventh to the Ninth centuries, early medieval metalworking techniques and the archaeological and textual evidence for headwear.

Her research focuses on aspects of early medieval social complexity and deploys comparative analysis of broad geographical regions based on data sets of productive sites and critical sociolinguistic analysis of Latin texts. She has studied dress from early medieval funerary archaeology based on updates from all available archaeological textile data bases in the UK, France and Belgium. She writes about Merovingian and Anglo-Saxon headwear and belts using corporeal semantics to arrive to some inferences about how gender came to be constructed in certain ways and about social change. She has also written about dress in multi-cultural societies very much influenced by barbaric cultures in Northern Italy from bequests and sureties in “barbaric” Latin which she translates.


Contact details

Dr Olga Magoula
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor
Exhibition Square