Matthew Davies took up the post of Assistant Director in November 2008 after just submitting his DPhil at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research explored the archaeology and ethno-history of intensive agricultural development among the Pokot of northwest Kenya during the last 500 years.
He spent his time as AD writing up aspects of his thesis and is further investigating a number of promising archaeological sites in West Pokot, Kenya and Karamoja, Uganda. He also conducted major archaeological impact assessments in the Southern Sudan and Laikipia central Kenya.
In October 2010 Matthew left the post of Assistant Director and took up a three year fellowship in East African Archaeology held jointly between BIEA and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. From January 2014 Matthew is a Leverhulme/Newton Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Matthew continues to be active in a range of research projects alongside teaching the archaeology of Africa at the University of Cambridge.
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Hildebrand, L. and Davies, M.I.J. (eds). 2013. Monumentality in Africa. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 48(2) special issue.
Davies, M.I.J. and M’Mbogori, F.N. (eds). 2013. Humans and the environment: new archaeological perspectives for the 21st century. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Principal author: The peoples and cultures of Africa, East Africa. Mitchell, P.J. (ed) 2006. New York, Chelsea House.
Davies, M.I.J. In press. The temporality of landesque capital: farming and the routines of Pokot life. In Håkansson, T. and Widgren, M. (eds). Landesque capital: the historical ecology of enduring landscape modifications. Left Coast Press, Historical Ecology series.
Davies, M.J.J. 2013a (June). Environment in European and North American archaeology. In Davies, M.I.J. and M’Mbogori, F.N. (eds). Humans and the environment: new archaeological perspectives for the 21st century. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Davies, M.I.J. 2013b (June). Forced moves or just good moves? Environmental decision making among Pokot farmers, northwest Kenya. In Davies, M.I.J. and M’Mbogori, F.N.(eds). Humans and the environment: new archaeological approaches for the 21st century. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Davies, M.I.J. 2013c. Clan and lineage based societies in African archaeology. In Mitchell, P.J. and Lane, P. (eds). Oxford handbook of African archaeology. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Davies, M.I.J. 2013d. Stone cairns in eastern Africa: a critical review. In Hildebrand, L. and Davies, M.I.J. (eds). Monumentality in Africa. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 48(2):218-240.
Davies, M.I.J. 2012a. Some thoughts on a ‘useable’ African archaeology: settlement, population and intensive farming among the Pokot of northwest Kenya. African archaeological review 29:319-353.
Davies, M.I.J. 2012b. BIEA archaeological surveys in the Juba-Nimule Nile region of South Sudan 2009. Nyame Akuma 78:23-40.
Davies, M.I.J. 2010a. A view from the East: an interdisciplinary ‘historical ecology’ approach to a contemporary agricultural landscape in Northwest Kenya. African studies 69:279-297.
Davies, M.I.J. 2010b. From platforms to people: rethinking population estimates for the abandoned agricultural settlement of Engaruka, Northern Tanzania. Azania: archaeological research in Africa 45:203-213.
Davies, M.I.J. 2009. Wittfogel’s dilemma: heterarchy and ethnographic approaches to irrigation management in Eastern Africa and Mesopotamia. World archaeology 41:16-35.
Davies, M.I.J. 2008a. The irrigation system of the Pokot, northwest Kenya. Azania 43:50-76.
Davies, M.I.J. 2008b. A childish culture? Shared understandings, agency and intervention: an anthropological study of street children in northwest Kenya. Childhood 15:309-330.
Davies, M.I.J. 2006a. The archaeology of the Cherangani Hills, Northwest Kenya. Nyame Akuma 66:16-24.
Davies, M.I.J. 2006b. Outline of an applied archaeology of Pokot and Marakwet agriculture. Proceeding of the 18th biannual meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAFA):http://cohesion.rice.edu/CentersAndInst /SAFA/emplibrary/proceedings%20alphabetically2006.11.5.doc.
Monograph proposal submitted
Davies, M.I.J. and MacDonald, K. (eds). Connections, contributions and complexity: Africa’s later Holocene archaeology in global perspective. Cambridge, McDonald Institute Monographs.
Papers in preparation
Davies, M.I.J. and Moore, H.L. Revisiting the agricultural landscape of the Marakwet.
Davies, M.I.J. Economic specialisation, resource variability, and the origins of intensive agriculture in Eastern Africa.
Davies, M.I.J. The archaeology of ‘in-between’: missing societies in the African archaeological record.
Unpublished research reports
Davies, M.I.J. and Moore, H.L.M. 2012. The Marakwet Community Heritage Mapping Project: Report on the second season of fieldwork. McDonald Institute.
Davies, M.I.J. and Moore, H.L.M. 2011. The Marakwet Community Heritage Mapping Project: Report on the first season of fieldwork. McDonald Institute.
Davies, M.I.J. 2010. Reports on the first and second seasons of archaeological survey and excavation in Karamoja District, Eastern Uganda. Uganda Museum.
Davies, M.I.J. 2009. Archaeological and Historical sites impact assessment: Bahr El-Jebel Hyropower scheme, South Sudan. Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation.