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Mark is a medieval archaeologist who first began digging in Winchester in 1971 and went on to study Archaeology at the University of Southampton. From 1978 to 1989 he worked for Southampton City Council managing their archaeological unit, curating the Museum of Archaeology and leading a multi-disciplinary team presenting the city's Saxon and Medieval heritage. In 1989 he moved to Bournemouth University where he is now Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology. In the early 1990s he developed the first undergraduate programme in Heritage Conservation in the UK and was instrumental in establishing museum teaching at Bournemouth. He has lead international teams working in collaboration with Russian archaeologists and historians on the medieval remains of the historic city of Novgorod and its hinterland, publishing numerous works related to this extensive research programme, which attracted major funding from EU sources.
He has also led the UK component of an Interreg Project called ECOSAL, which studied various aspects of historic salt-working sites, compiling a database of these, and working with ecologists and archaeologists from Spain, Portugal and France... A recent project that started in 2015 is examining ceramic building material from a number of Roman sites (Bath, Fishbourne, etc) using portable XRF to distinguish possible sources for this material.more
- Hamilton-Dyer, S., Brisbane, M. and Maltby, M., 2017. Fish, feather, fur and forest: Exploitation of wild animals in medieval Novgorod and its territory. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, 460, 97-107.
- Brisbane, M., Hambleton, E., Maltby, M. and Nosov, E., 2007. A Monkey’s Tale: The Skull of a Macaque Found at Ryurik Gorodishche During Excavations in 2003. Medieval Archaeology, 51, 185-190.
- Brisbane, M., 2004. Book Review: Markets in Early Medieval Europe: Trading and Productive Sites, 650-850 by Pestell, T and Ulmschneider, K (eds.)2003, Windgather Press. Archaeological Journal, 161.
- Brisbane, M. and Reynolds, A., 2004. Novgorod: The Archaeology of a Medieval Timber City. Current World Archaeology, 7, 47-58.
- Brisbane, M. and Gerrard, C., 2004. Book Review: Gerrard, Christopher, 2002. Medieval Archaeology: Understanding Traditions & Contemporary Approaches. Routledge. British Archaeology, 77, 36.
- Brisbane, M., 2003. Book Review: Early Medieval Settlements: The Archaeology of Rural Communities in North-West Europe 400-900 by Helena Hamerow.2004,OUP. Archaeological Journal, 160.
- Brisbane, M. and Maltby, M., 2002. Love letters to bare bones: a comparison of two types of evidence for the use of animals in Medieval Novgorod. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 18, 100-119.
- Brisbane, M., 1994. Heritage conservation and tourism in novgorod where next for a russian’museum town’? Tourism Recreation Research, 19 (2), 91-93.
- Brisbane, M., 1988. Hamwic (Saxon Southampton): an 8th century port and production centre. The rebirth of towns in the West AD 700-1050, 101-108.
- Brisbane, M. and Clews, S., 1979. The East Moor field systems, Altarnun and North Hill, Bodmin Moor. Cornish Archaeology, 18, 33-56.
- Brisbane, M., Makarov, N.A. and Nosov, E.N., 2012. The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in Context Studies in Centre/periphery Relations. Oxbow Books Limited.
- The Archaeology of Novgorod in its Wider Context: A Study of Centre/Periphery Relations. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Brisbane, M. and Gaimster, D., 2001. Novgorod. The Archaeology of a Russian Medieval City and its Hinterland. London: British Museum.
- Brisbane, M., Hambleton, E., Hamilton-Dyer, S. and Maltby, M., 2015. Reflections on the Ecological Setting and Environmental Impact of Medieval Settlement Expansion in Northern Russia. In: Gaidukov, P., ed. Towns and Villages of Medieval Russia. Moscow: Russian Academy of Science, 36-44.
- Brisbane, M., Makarov, M. and Nosov, E.N., 2012. Medieval Novgorod in its Wider Context. In: Brisbane, M., Makarov, N. and Nosov, E.N., eds. The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in Context: Studies in centre/periphery relations. Oxford: Oxbow Books Limited, 1-9.
- Maltby, M., 2012. From Alces to Zander:: A summary of the zooarchaeological evidence from Novgorod, Gorodishche and Minino. In: Brisbane, M., Makarov, N. and Nosov, E., eds. The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in Context: Studies in Centre/Periphery Relations. Oxford, England: Oxbow, 351-380.
- Brisbane, M., 2009. Reflections on almost twenty years of international collaboration. The Khoroshie Days: Papers in memory of A S Khoroshev. Novgorod and St Petersburg, Russia: Nauka, 159-166.
- Brisbane, M. and Hather, J., 2007. Understanding Wood Use in its Environmental Context. In: Brisbane, M. and Hather, J., eds. Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 13-18.
- Brisbane, M., Khoroshev, A. and Yanin, V., 2007. Novgorod: An Introduction. In: Brisbane, M. and Hather, J., eds. Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: Oxbow, 1-12.
- Brisbane, M., Maltby, M. and Hambleton, E., 2007. An African Monkey at the Court of the Novgorod Princes. In: Nosov, E.N. and Musin, A.E., eds. The Origins of the Russian State : To the 30th Anniversary of the Archaeological Studies of Novgorod Ryurik Gorodishche and the Novgorod Oblast Archaeological Expedition. St Petersburg, Russia: Dimitri Bulanin, 74-81.
- Brisbane, M. and Orton, C.R., 2006. The Study of Medieval Ceramics from North-West Russia: A View from the West. In: Orton, C.R., ed. The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region.. London: UCL Press, 1-11.
- Maltby, M. and Hamilton-Dyer, S., 2001. Animal Bone Studies in Novgorod and its Hinterland. In: Brisbane, M. and Gaimster, D., eds. Novgorod : the archaeology of a Russian medieval city and its hinterland. London: British Museum.
- The Archaeology of Novgorod: A Medieval City State on the edge of Europe (Leverhulme Trust, 01 Sep 2015). In Progress
- BA (Hons) in Archaeology (University of Southampton, 1976)
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Member (1986-),
- Society of Antiquaries of London, Fellow,