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Michael Lewis is Deputy Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure and Curator, Medieval Collections at the British Museum. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London (FSA), a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA) and an Advisory to the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group (APPAG)
His PhD (Kent) examined the Archaeological Authority of the Bayeux Tapestry, which was subsequently published as a British Archaeological Report (404). He co-ordinated (with Profs Gale Owen-Crocker and Dan Terkla) the 2008 international symposium on the Tapestry at the British Museum; the proceedings of which were published in 2011. He has also written numerous articles on the Bayeux Tapestry, particularly in relation to the factors that influenced its design.
Michael also edits the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure annual reports, and contributes on the work of the Scheme to Post-Medieval Archaeology and elsewhere. He is a small finds expert, with a particular interest in medieval and post-medieval small metal finds, writing numerous articles and notes on these items. His current research is diverse, but includes work on late Anglo-Saxon hooked-tags, medieval pilgrim’s badges and Limoges enamels, as well as post-medieval vervels.
In series 2 and 3 of History’s Mud Men, Michael advised Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker on their foreshore discoveries, and sent them off on their historical adventures. He also appeared on Britain’s Secret Treasures (ITV1), which featured the work of the PAS and Treasure Act.
Michael Lewis has a particular interest in metal small finds, particularly late 10th and 11th century material culture. However, in recent years he has developed an interested in a wider array of medieval and post-medieval metalwork, including hooked-tags, pilgrim’s badges, vervels etc.
Michael Lewis’ current research projects include:
Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).
Member, Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA): Professional Development & Practice committee; Finds Group committee.
All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group, Advisory Group.
Finds Research Group.
European Association of Archaeologists