Johnson, Matthew (Historical Archaeology)

  • Alasdair BrooksEmail author
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Basic Biographical Information

Matthew Johnson, one of the leading theoreticians working in the archaeology of the late medieval and modern worlds, was born in Austin, Texas, in 1962 and has held joint US–UK citizenship since his birth. One of his formative archaeological experiences was the period which Johnson spent between September 1981 and June 1982 with the Norwich Survey, when he was involved with the post-excavation analysis and archive preparation of pottery and small finds from the late Anglo-Saxon to postmedieval periods from urban sites in Norwich, England. He would also spend an influential season working in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1985 as part of Mark Leone’s Annapolis research program. Johnson’s undergraduate and graduate degrees were all awarded by St. John’s College, Cambridge University, between 1985 (BA) and 1990 (Ph.D.); his doctoral dissertation was on the subject A Contextual Study of Traditional Houses in Western Suffolk, AD 1400–1700.

Following his Ph.D.,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grand Egyptian Museum ProjectHill InternationalCairoEgypt

Section editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Fournier
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  1. 1.Posgrado en ArqueologíaEscuela Nacional de Antropología e HistoriaMéxicoMexico