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Samantha Leggett

Samantha Leggett

PhD Student in Archaeology

Newnham College
Sidgwick Avenue

Cambridge CB3 9DF


Samantha studied a BSc in Immunobiology combined with a BA (1st class honours) in Archaeology and Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney. Followed by a MA in History at the University of New England. Her previous theses all focussed on Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian Christianisation, with one winning the Maureen A. Byrne Prize for Best Archaeology Honours Thesis (USyd).  

She was also a laboratory demonstrator and prosector in the Faculty of Science at Sydney, as well as an Education Officer at the Nicholson Museum, and Visitor Interpretation Officer for Sydney Living Museums.


Subject groups/Research projects

Dorothy Garrod Laboratory:

Research Interests

  • Anglo-Saxon England
  • Early Medieval Europe
  • Death and Burial
  • Stable Isotope Analysis
  • Genetics
  • Christianisation
  • Palaeodiet
  • Migration and mobility

My research focuses on utilising stable isotope analysis to investigate cultural changes in 7th century Anglo-Saxon England. Themes of this research include changes in burial practice, diet, mobility and Christianisation. It aims to compare a wide geographical sample from across England and explore the impact of religious conversion with an expanding European identity during the early medieval period.


Research Supervision

Principle Supervisor: Dr Susanne Hakenbeck

Advisor: Dr Tamsin O'Connell



I supervise Part I students for A7/B1 - Humans in Biological Perspective, Part IIA and IIB students for ARC26 - The North Sea in the Early Middle Ages, and can supervise for ASNC Paper 1 - England before the Norman Conquest, as well as History papers 2 & 7 - British political history/British economic and social history, 380-1100.  I am also a laboratory demonstrator for G10/G32 Archaeological Science practicals. 

 I have previously been a laboratory demonstrator at the University of Sydney for BIOL 1003/1903 - Human Biology. 

Other Professional Activities

Member of Newnham college 

Editorial committee for the Archaeological Review from Cambridge; co-editor of vol 33.2 2018

Society for Medieval Archaeology

European Association of Archaeologists

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology

Australian Early Medieval Association

Viking Society for Northern Research


Key Publications

Leggett S. (2017) The Power of Place – Colonisation of the Anglo-Saxon Landscape by Royal and Religious Ideologies (An Archaeological Perspective). Journal of Literary Onomastics.

Leggett S. (forthcoming) Anglo-Saxon Conversion Period Burial Practices, Ceredigion, UK: Mellen Press.

Leggett S. (2012) Celticity: Migration or Fashion? Vexillum: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies 2.