My undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History was taken at the University of Southampton. I hold an MA in Area Studies (Africa) from SOAS (University of London), and a PGCE in teaching history from the University of Cambridge. My PhD on continuity and transformation in Anglo-Saxon agricultural landscapes was undertaken in the University of Cambridge Department of Geography and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Bridging archaeology, history and historical geography, that work was published as Landscapes Decoded (Hertfordshire University Press, 2006). I began teaching for the University of Cambridge in January 1986. I joined the staff of the University’s Board of Extra-Mural Studies in January 1995, retiring early in December 2018. I remain an Officer of the University.
I am an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge, having been a Governing Body Fellow since October 2002. I am an Honorary Fellow of the University’s McDonald Institute, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the Higher Education Academy. My most recent books are the Anglo-Saxon Fenland (Windgather, 2017) and The Emergence of the English (Arc-Humanities Press, March 2019).