Maisie Taylor
Free lance archaeologist



Maisie Taylor studied archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She co-directed excavations at Etton Causewayed enclosure and Flag Fen with Francis Pryor. She is a wood specialist and is currently working with the Star Carr team at the Universities of York and Manchester, as well as on many other projects!


Maisie was a primary school teacher before becoming a trainee draughtsman in an electronics drawing office, and then a freelance archaeologist.


Selected publications

  • 2008 Waterlogged Wood in Mudd,A. and Pears,B. Bronze Age Field System at Tower’s Fen, Thorney Peterborough BAR British series 47
  • 2009a Worked waterlogged wood in Allen,C. (ed) Exchange and Ritual at the Riverside: Late Bronze Age Life in the Lower Witham Valley at Washingborough, Lincolnshire Pre-Construct Archaeology (Lincoln) Monograph Series No.
  • 2009b The Waterlogged Wood in Daniel,P. Archaeological Excavations at Pode Hole Quarry: Bronze Age occupation on the Cambridgeshire fen-edge pp113-125 BAR British series 484 Archaeopress, Oxfor
  • 2010 Big Trees and Monumental Timbers in Pryor,F. and Bamforth,M. (eds) Flag Fen, Peterborough: Excavation and Research 1995-2007 pp90-97 Oxbow Book
  • 2010b Hadley,P., Milner,N., Hall,A., Taylor,M., Needham,A., Taylor,B., Conneller,C. To block lift or not to block lift? An experiment at the early Mesolithic site of Star Carr, North-east Yorkshire, UK. Internet Arch. 28
  • 2011a Update of various entries about wood in archaeology Oxford Companion to Archaeology, Oxford University Press
  • 2011b The Wood in Milner,N., Conneller,C., Elliott,B., Koon,H., Panter,I., Penkmen,K., Taylor,B. and Taylor,M. From riches to rags:organic deterioration at Star Carr in J.Arch Sci 38 2818-2832
  • 2012 Conneller,C., Milner,N., Taylor,B. and Taylor,M. Substantial Settlement in the European Early Mesolithic: new research at Star Carr in Antiquity 86 1004-1020

Full publications list

1992a     Flag Fen: the wood Special Section:  Current Reasearch at Flag Fen, Antiquity 66 251  476-98
1992b     Pryor,F. and Taylor,M. Flag Fen, Fengate, Peterborough II: Further definition, techniques and assessment in The Wetland Revolution in Prehistory
The Prehistoric Society and WARP
1993      Pryor,F. and Taylor,M. Use, re-use or pre-use? Aspects of the interpretation of ancient wood. In Coles,J., Fenwick,V., and Hutchinson,G. A Spirit of Enquiry Warp et al
1994      Up to our knees in it - managing a wetland site in Spriggs,J. A Celebration of Wood, Warp Occasional Papers 8
1995      The Log Ladder in  Mudd,A. et al The Excavation of a Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age site at Eight Acre Field, Radley Oxoniensis 60  pp21-66
1996      Worked Wood in Pollard, J. Iron Age riverside pit alignments at St.Ives, Cambs, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 62  pp93-116  
1997a    Various entries about wood in archaeology Oxford Companion to Archaeology Oxford University Press
1997b    Waterlogged Wood in Parker Pearson, M. and Syde, R.E., Iron Age Enclosures, Sutton Common, S. Yorks. in  Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 63, 221-260
1998a The Wood in Pryor, F. Etton: excavations at a Neolithic causewayed enclosure near Maxey, Cambridgeshire, 1982-87 EH Archaeol Rep 18
1998b Identification of the Wood and Evidence for Human Working in Mellars,P. and Dark,P. Star Carr in Context: new archaeological and palaeoecological investigations at the Early Mesolithic site of Star Carr, North Yorkshire McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
1999 The wood in Parker Pearson,M. and Sharples,N. Between Land and Sea : Excavations at Dun Vulan, South Uist, Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides 3
2001 The Wood in Pryor F. The Flag Fen Basin – Archaeology and Environment of a Fenland landscape, London: English Heritage
2003 a Brennand,M and Taylor,M  The Survey and Excavation of a Bronze Age Timber Circle at Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk  Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 69 1-84
2003 b The Wood in Field,N. and Parker Pearson,M.  Fiskerton: An Iron Age Timber Causeway with Iron Age and Roman Votive Offerings: the 1981 excavations  Oxbow Books 
2004 a Brossler,A., Early, R. and Allen, C.  Worked Wood  in  Green Park: Phase 2 Excavations 1995 – Neolithic and Bronze Age sites  Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 19 100-104
2004 b Wooden object in Hey,G.  Yarnton: Saxon and Medieval Landscape – results of excavations 1909-1996  Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 20 
2006 a Waterlogged wood in Cromarty,A.M., Barclay,A., Lambrick,G and Robinson,M.  Late Bronze Age Ritual and Habitation on a Thames Eyot at Whitecross Farm, Wallingford  Thames Valley Monograph 22, 142-154
2006 b Wooden Artefacts in Evans,C. and Hodder,I.  Marshland communities and cultural landscapes  Macdonald Institute
2006c Overview Discussion: how the structure worked (with C.Evans)  in  A Woodland Archaeology: Neolithic sites at Haddenham  Macdonald Institute



Maisie's specialism is wood.


Star Carr
Yarnton Floodplain
Eton Rowing Lakes
Bradley Fen
Must Farm

Research group(s)

Star Carr team



Maisie does not teach at York, but has worked with some members of the Star Carr team when looking at the wood, and also helps instruct on site.

External activities


Maisie Taylor at Star Carr

Contact details

Ms Maisie Taylor
c/o Department of Archaeology