My research focuses on the social and economic history of the Byzantium in the period c.300-c.1100, with particular interest in Byzantine and early Islamic Syria, Israel/Palestine and Jordan as well as southern Italy. My main interest is in the history and archaeology of the Christian communities of these regions in the early Middle Ages, which I use as a springboard from which to discuss broader patterns of diplomatic, economic and human contact across the early medieval Mediterranean and central Europe. I address these themes using a multidisciplinary approach, harnessing my expertise in archaeology and material culture, combined with additional strengths in numismatics, epigraphy and my familiarity with the traditions of Greek and Arabic historical texts. In more recent years I have developed further interests and publications in iconoclasm in the Mediterranean c.700-c.900 as well as questions of identity in Byzantine and post-Byzantine provincial contexts (c.500-1100), and peasant communities in the Mediterranean, where I have collaborated with colleagues based in Vienna, Princeton, Oxford and Tate Britain.
I am also currently the co-director of the project “At the Crossroads of Empires: the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno)”. This is a British Academy funded project, collaborating with Dr. Francesca Dell'Acqua, (Università di Salerno/ Birmingham) and Prof. Chiara Lambert (Università di Salerno), and a number of higher education intuitions across the UK, Italy and the Czech Republic. The project will conduct a full archaeological and historical analysis of the ninth-century Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio, Montecorvino Rovella. The project will also work closely with UNESCO and the European Commission with the aim of incorporating Sant’Ambrogio within its World Heritage List, ‘Italia Langobardorum’. https://crossroadsofempires.com/