Summary

I am a passionate, enthusiastic and qualified archaeologist with extensive experience in both research excavation and artefact handling, including in post-excavation and museum contexts. I am interested in the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval science, technology, and medicine; colonial archaeology in the Atlantic region; the presentation of archaeology to the public by researchers, commercial units, community groups, and museums; and issues of repatriation and archaeological crime. I am currently undertaking a PhD on post-medieval medical care.

Formal Education

The University of Nottingham, UK
2017-2020(expected)
PhD Archaeology
Awarded a full Midlands 3 Cities - Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship.
Project entitled : Distilling the Apothecary: the archaeology of early modern medical practitioners in Britain and the Atlantic world, supervised by Dr Christopher King, Dr Alexandra Livarda, and Dr Kate Smith (University of Birmingham).

The University of Sheffield, UK
2013-2014
MA Medieval Archaeology - Distinction
Awarded a full Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship.
Produced a dissertation entitled : The Prevalence of Chymical Vessels and their Uses in Medieval English Monastic Institutions, supervised by Dr Hugh Willmott.

The University of Sheffield, UK
2010-2013
BA (Hons) Archaeology - First Class Honours
Dissertation entitled : Alchemists, Metallurgists and Chymists: A comprehensive study of medieval and early post-medieval distillation vessels in pottery and glass found in Great Britain, supervised by Dr Hugh Willmott.

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK
2003-2010
5 General Certificates of Education (A-Levels) - 4xB grade, 1xC grade
General Studies, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
13 General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) - 5xA* grade, 5xA grade, 3xB grade
Including all core subjets; Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Core Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Heritage Experience

Albion Archaeology, Bedford, UK
January 2017 - August 2017
Archaeological Technician

This position requires that I undertake excavation and recording of archaeological features. This includes identification of cut features and structures, hand excavation, collection of artefacts, labelling and recording of deposits and their finds, recording measurements, scale drawing, taking photographs and taking environmental samples. The position requires excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and handling of archaeological artefacts.

St Albans Museums, Hertfordshire, UK
August 2014
MA Placement Student Volunteer

This self-organised placement was a requirement for my MA. I decided to focus on issues of collections management and the competing pressures of public access, storage space, acquisitions and disposal. During the placement I gained experience of using the collections management system, VERNON, at a local authority museum within both the archaeology and social history collections. Additionally, I took part in the construction of a ‘pop-up’ exhibition as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Saving the Seventies project and the re-display of glazed floor tiles in the permanent medieval galleries. I was also allowed to select the artefacts for a display case of my own devising and design on Roman Medicine. The placement resulted in an essay on the collections pressures that I chose to study entitled: The competing pressures of collections management and access to collections in British Local Authority museums, with evidence from St Albans Museums, Hertfordshire: Is disposal an acceptable solution?


The Thornton Abbey Project, Lincolnshire, UK
July 2012, December 2012, July-August 2013, July-August 2014
Student Volunteer & Topographic Survey Demonstrator, Post-Excavation Supervisor, Assistant Trench Supervisor, Trench Supervisor

This project was a University of Sheffield training excavation started in 2010 and concluded in 2016. The project aimed to explore the monastic and post-medieval features of the Scheduled Ancient Monument at Thornton Abbey in North Lincolnshire, parts of which are English Heritage property. Some highlights included medieval lead and glass workshops, post-medieval gardens, a lime kiln, and the remains of a 17th-century house which collapsed shortly after completion. However, the biggest discovery was probably the medieval hospital of St James and its nearby cemetery.

I started as a Student volunteer in the 2012 season and was given responsibility over teaching topographic survey and level recording with total stations, in December of the same year I was hired to supervise student volunteers in the cleaning, re-bagging and boxing up of the bulk finds so that the materials specialists could work from an organised archive. In the 2013 season I was promoted to Assistant Trench Supervisor for Trench J which was situated within the inner precinct and contained a series of small workshops, one of which had been used by a 15th-century glazier. In the 2014 season I was promoted again to Trench Supervisor for Trench R which originally appeared to contain very little apart from slight traces of a medieval building. However, during the final week, burials were uncovered that probably pre-date the 12th-century foundation of the monastery, including a crouched burial which is almost certainly Anglo-Saxon. Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the excavations there is no mention of the cemetery and burials in any of the blog posts or interim reports.

During the three seasons that I worked on this project I not only learnt the skills required for careful archaeological excavation with hand tools but I also began to teach them when supervising volunteers of my own. I also learnt and taught archaeological photography, the use of total stations (Leica) and GPS units (Trimble), and the recording of contexts, skeletons, and samples in the site database, which in the 2014 season was through iPads rather than paper sheets. Additionally, I had to communicate the ethics of excavating human remains, especially relating to social media and images.


Sheffield Manor Lodge Excavation, Yorkshire, UK
June 2011
Student Volunteer

During this fieldschool, required for my BA, I gained experience of magnetometry, and both trench and test-pit hand excavation. This included involvement in a community project of test pitting in local gardens to engage the local population with the archaeology. I also learnt archaeological drawing and photography as methods of recording archaeological excavation.


Villiers Park Educational Trust, Cambridgeshire, UK
July 2009
Student on the course: 09S023 Archaeology: An introduction to Reading the Past

This was my first introduction to archaeology in a practical sense. It included a small test pit excavation which was submitted to the local HER as well as seminars on a variety of archaeological topics.

Conference Papers

Booth, C.M. (2016) The stalled development of the still: material evidence for changes in distilling practice in Britain. Conference Paper, Presented at the Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress, organised by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Sheffield, UK, 1st-3rd April.

Booth, C.M. (2015) Holy alchemists, metallurgists and pharmacists: The material evidence for British monastic alchemy and chemistry. Conference Paper, presented at the Fourth Annual Leeds Postgraduate Monasticism Conference, Leeds, UK, 8th-9th May.

Publications

Booth, C.M. (In Press, 2017) 'Holy Alchemists, Metallurgists, and Pharmacists: The Material Evidence for British Monastic Chemistry', Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 6.

Booth, C.M. (2016) 'The stalled development of the still: material evidence for changes in distilling practice in Britain' Post-Medieval Archaeology 50(2): 419-426.

Memberships

Chartered Institute for Archaeology. Practitioner Member since 2016.
Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. Member since 2015.
Society for Historical Archaeology. Member since 2017.