Martin Carver, archaeologist, writer, broadcaster

About Me...

I was an Army Officer for 15 years (Royal Tank Regiment), a Commercial Archaeologist for 13 years (just as it was starting), Professor of Archaeology at the University of York for 22 years (steep learning curve - I don't have a degree in archaeology) and Editor of Antiquity for 10 years. Since 2008 I have been a full-time professional writer, public speaker and broadcaster.

My research has been mainly in England, Scotland, France, Italy and Algeria - my best known excavations were at the seventh-century royal burial ground at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and the eighth-century Pictish Monastery at Portmahomack, Easter Ross. In 2014 I began a new project 'Sicily in Transition' (SICTRANSIT for short) in partnership with Alessandra Molinari of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Like the other two this project is concerned with what happens to people when a new regime is imposed on them.

I am Professor emeritus at the University of York and Chairman of the commercial archaeology company FAS-Heritage Ltd.

I live in Ellerton, East Yorkshire with Madeleine Hummler an archaeologist, translator (French, German, Italian) and editor. Contact me at email martin.carver [at] york.ac.uk.
Contact her on madeleine.hummler [at] york.ac.uk

Martin Carver

LINKS
>> FAS-Heritage Ltd
>> University of York
>> Martin's webfest on retirement from York
>>Sicily in Transition ERC Project website

CHILDREN
Emma Carver Director of Public Engagement Royal Armouries (https://royalarmouries.org/about-us/people/executive-board/director-publ...)
Jay Carver Lead Archaeologist for HS2 (http://www.fusion-jv.com)
Fred Carver Head of Policy United Nations Association (https://www.una.org.uk/contact-us/)
Gevi Carver Poet (http://www.genevievecarver.com)
Jacques Carver Doctor. National Health Service
Louis Carver Set and costume designer (http://www.louiscarver.co.uk)

FAMILY
Father: John Hobart Carver Colonel in the Bengal Sappers and Miners, Ghurkha Engineers and Royal Engineers. Mother: Jocelyn Louisa Grace Tweedie.
Grandparents: Oswald Armitage Carver (killed at Gallipoli 1915)= Betty Hobart, artist= Bernard Montgomery Field Marshal; Hugh Justin Tweedie, Admiral=Marion Constance Crossman

LATEST BOOKS

FORMATIVE BRITAIN came out from Routledge on 31 January 2019 after 10 years in the making. It offers a synthesis of the history of the whole island of Britain from the Fifth to...

An up-to-date account of the archaeological explorations of the Sutton Hoo site, its three cemeteries of the 6th, 7th and 8-10th centuries,
their historical roles in the Deben Valley, in...

The final report of the Portmahomack campaign by Martin Carver, Justin Garner-Lahire and Cecily Spall, co-directors.

Discoveries at Portmahomack in Easter Ross (1994 to 2008) were initially...

Second edition fully revised in sync with the final report

Field practice in archaeology varies greatly throughout the world, mainly because archaeological sites survive in very different ways in different counties. Many manuals see this as a problem -...

Recent blog entries

National Trust Sutton Hoo Museum
Standby for a makeover to the Sutton Hoo on site display - should open in April

Reconstruction of the Mound 1 ship
The Ship's Company is forging...

FORMATIVE BRITAIN came out from Routledge on 31 January 2019 after 10 years in the making. It offers a synthesis of the history of the whole island of Britain from the Fifth to the Eleventh...

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland published the 500 page account of the Portmahomack campaign in the spring of 2016. It contains numerous illustrations and expert contributions and can be...

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