Who we are

The Black Death Network arose from a conference session held at EAA2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

The editorial team comprises:

Clare Downham (Lecturer in Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, UK)
Clare was a student at St Andrews and Cambridge. She worked as a research scholar in Dublin and as a lecturer in Celtic and History in Aberdeen before starting at Liverpool in 2010. She has published a book and a number of articles on Viking Age history. Her research interests focus on religious and political contacts across the Irish Sea, the writings of Jocelin of Furness and currently on the historical ecology of the Black Death.
For more information see: <a href="https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/irish-studies/staff/clare-downham/

Kerstin Pasda (Institut für Paläoanatomie und Geschichte der Tiermedizin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Kerstin is zooarchaeologist with research interests in changing human-animal relations in historic-period societies in Germany and in Greenland. She was involved in a research project exploring the impact of the Black Death on livestock size in Germany. She teaches at Erlangen university.
For more information see: https://www.uf.phil.fau.de/das-team/pd-dr-habil-kerstin-pasda/

Rainer Schreg (professor in medieval and postmedieval Archaeology, Bamberg university D)
Rainer’s research interests are in past cultural changes especially within rural cultural landscapes.  Whereas most of his studies deal with villages in medieval Southern Germany, he also runs field projects in Neolithic chert extraction at the Swabian Alb, on the medieval landscape in southwestern Crimea, a 6th c. town in Southern Serbia and on a  pre-Columbian and colonial site in Panama, lower Central America.
His interest in the 14th century comes from two ongoing projects on medieval settlement formation: (1) the abandoned settlement of Würzbach in the Black forest and (2) a detailed study of three villages at the Stubersheimer Alb (part of the Suabian Alb north of Ulm). The area near Stubersheim belongs to a landscape with the highest rates of abandoned settlements in Germany. Analysis of private collections, fieldwalking, geophysical prospection, small scale excavation and written sources allow deep insights in the process of village formation and landscape changes.
Throughout his research, Rainer strives towards a theoretical framework in human ecology and environmental history integrating data from different disciplines.
Rainer holds the chair of medieval and postmedieval archaeology at Bamberg university. Until 2017 he worked at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum at Mainz. He blogs on http://archaeologik.blogspot.de/.
For more information see: https://bamberg.academia.edu/RainerSchreg

eMail: rainer.schregATuni-bamberg.de

Richard Thomas (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK)

Richard specalises in zooarchaeology (the study of animal bones from archaeological sites). His current and past research has two main strands: (1) the reconstruction of past human-animal relationships, predominantly in the later medieval and early modern period; and (2) palaeopathology – the study of animal health and disease in the past. The impact of the Black Death and the earlier disasters of the 14th century is one of his key research themes. By bringing together zooarchaeological, documentary and biomolecular evidence, his research has shed new light on the 14th-century crises on agricultural practice, diet and hunting.
For more information see: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/people/thomas; https://www.facebook.com/UoLBoneLab; http://leicester.academia.edu/RichardThomas; or follow on Twitter @AnimalBones

Rainer Schreg

archaeologist professor in medieval and postmedieval archaeology at Bamberg university

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2 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. Genevieve Dumas

    Hi! my name is Geneviève Dumas and I work on plague in medieval Montpellier. Most of my research in this field will be published in several chapters of my upcoming book: Santé et société à Montpellier à la fin du Moyen Âge. I’m looking forward to exchanging with all of you on this topic.


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