Mark Brisbane

Professor Mark Brisbane

  • 01202 965166
  • mbrisbane at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professor
  • Christchurch House C140, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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...


Journal Articles

  • 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. and Gerrard, C., 2004. Book Review: Gerrard, Christopher, 2002. Medieval Archaeology: Understanding Traditions & Contemporary Approaches. Routledge. British Archaeology, 77, 36.
  • Brisbane, M. and Reynolds, A., 2004. Novgorod: The Archaeology of a Medieval Timber City. Current World Archaeology, 7, 47-58.
  • 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., 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.


  • Maltby, M. and Brisbane, M., 2020. Animals and Archaeology in Northern Medieval Russia: Zooarchaeological Studies in Novgorod and its Region. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • 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.


  • Maltby, M., Brisbane, M., Hambleton, E. and Hamilton-Dyer, S., 2020. Использование природной среды: дикие животные в средневековом Новгороде и на Новгородской земле (Using the Natural Environment: The exploitation of wild animals in medieval Novgorod and its territory). Археологические вести 28 (Archaeological News 28). St Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences: Institute for the History of Material Culture, 203-221.
  • Brisbane, M. and Hodges, R., 2018. An emporium for all eras: David Hinton and four institutional phases in the rise of hamwic, Anglo-Saxon Southampton. The Middle Ages Revisited: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Medieval Southern England Presented to Professor David A. Hinton. 21-34.
  • 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.
  • 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., Makarov, M. and Nosov, E.N., 2012. Medieval Novgorod in its Wider Context. In: Makarov, N., ed. The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in Context: Studies in centre/periphery relations. Oxford: Oxbow Books Limited, 1-9.
  • 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., 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., Khoroshev, A. and Yanin, V., 2007. Novgorod: An Introduction. In: Hather, J., ed. Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: Oxbow, 1-12.
  • Brisbane, M. and Hather, J., 2007. Understanding Wood Use in its Environmental Context. Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 13-18.
  • Brisbane, M. and Orton, C.R., 2006. The Study of Medieval Ceramics from North-West Russia: A View from the West. 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,