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]
Contact her on madeleine.hummler [at]

Martin Carver

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

Emma Carver Director of Public Engagement Royal Armouries (
Jay Carver Lead Archaeologist for HS2 (
Fred Carver Head of Policy United Nations Association (
Gevi Carver Poet (
Jacques Carver Doctor. National Health Service
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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


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...

Second edition fully revised in sync with the final report

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...

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 -...

New directions for the joined-up practice of archaeology today

‘Archaeology is for people’ is the theme of this book. Split between the academic and commercial sectors,...

Recent blog entries

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...

This is a compendium of case studies put together with help of Sandra Monton and Bisserka Gaydarska and featuring lots of different field archaeologists. FIND IT at

Sicily in Transition a joint project between University of York and Rome (Tor Vergata) began on 1 Sep 2014 under the direction of Alessandra Molinari (Rome) and Martin Carver York). For outline...