Dr Toby Martin

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Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology

Director of the Short Online Course and Weekly Oxford Worldwide Programmes


Dr Toby Martin obtained his BA in Archaeology and Anthropology as well as his MSt in European Archaeology from the University of Oxford and studied for his PhD at the University of Sheffield. Since 2013 Toby has worked as a Research Fellow and a Lecturer at the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology. During his career, Toby has also worked in developer-funded archaeology both in the field and in post-excavation publications. 

Research interests

Toby’s research focuses on the early medieval period. He is particularly interested in the social role of objects and material culture in Europe in the centuries that followed the collapse of Roman imperial rule. He has published widely in this area, looking particularly at subjects such as age, gender and identity, as well as networks, biography and iconography.  



The Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries at Hatherdene Close, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge (in press, East Anglian Archaeology, co-authored with S. Ladd). 

Barbaric Splendour: The Use of Image Before and After Rome (Archaeopress, 2020, co-edited with W. Morrison), www.archaeopress.com/Archaeopress/Products/9781789696592 

The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England (Boydell and Brewer, 2015) 

Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology (Oxbow, 2017, co-edited with R. Weetch) 

Articles, book chapters and data 

‘Everyday objects’, in Lund, J. and Semple, S. (eds) Cultural History of Objects in the Medieval Age (Bloomsbury, 2022). 

‘Roman settlement and the north-eastern civil war defences of Oxford: investigations at Mansfield College and the Tinbergen Building.” In Dodd, A., Mileson, S. and Webley, L. (eds) The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century: Investigations in the City by Oxford Archaeology, 2006-16 (Woodbridge, 2021), 433–47. (co-authored with Simmonds, A., Bashford, R., Pickard, C., Brown, R. and Welsh, K.). 

Martin, T. F. 2020. “Barbaric Tendencies? Iron Age and Early Medieval Art in Comparison.” In Martin, T. F. and Morrison, W. (eds) Barbaric Splendour: The Use of Image Before and After Rome (Oxford: Archaeopress), 1–17. 

‘Casting the net wider: network approaches to artefact variation in post-Roman Europe’. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 27, 2020, 861-886, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-019-09441-x  

‘A matter of scale: some impediments to broad archaeological perspectives on post-Roman European bow brooches’. Neue Studienzur Sachsenforschung6, 2019, 139-146. 

‘Cultivating the margins: the Roman and early medieval rural landscape of Barton Park, Oxford’. Oxoniensia 84, 217–241 (co-authored with C. Champness), https://oxoniensia.org/oxo_volume.php?vol=84  

‘The lives and deaths of people and things: biographical approaches to dress in early Anglo-Saxon England’, in Smith, R. and Watson, G. (eds.) Writing the Lives of People and Things, 67-87 (Ashgate, 2016) 

A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Cruciform Brooches (data-set, Archaeology Data Service, doi: 10.5284/1028833). Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.5284/1028833 (2015) 

‘(Ad)Dressing the Anglo-Saxon body: corporeal meanings and artefacts in early England’, in Blinkhorn, P. and Cumberpatch, C. (eds.) The Chiming of Crack’d Bells, 27-38 (Archaeopress, 2014). 

‘Women, knowledge and power: the iconography of early Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18 (2013), 1-17. 

 ‘Riveting biographies: the theoretical implications of early Anglo-Saxon brooch repair, customisation and reuse’, in Jervis, B. and Kyle, A. (eds.) Make-Do and Mend: Archaeologies of Compromise, Repair and Reuse, 53-65 (Archaeopress, 2012).