Deputy Head, Portable Antiquities and Treasure
Portable antiquities (small archaeological finds) from Britain and Treasure finds Department: Portable Antiquities and Treasure
Michael joined the Portable Antiquities Scheme www.finds.org.uk in 2000 as Finds Liaison Officer for Kent. Thereafter he succeeded Richard Hobbs as Outreach Officer; a post that mutated (with the expansion of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to the whole of England and Wales) to Deputy Head of the Portable Antiquities & Treasure.
As such, he is deputy to Roger Bland (Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure) coordinating the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, its Finds Liaison Officers and is an advocate for the Scheme. Michael is also editor of the Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report, the Secretary of the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group and the main liaison between the Scheme and eBay.
Michael has a BA (hons) in History/Theology (University of Surrey), MA in Medieval Studies (University of York) and a PhD in History (University of Kent). His PhD thesis was on the ‘Archaeological Authority of the Bayeux Tapestry’, which has been published by British Archaeological Reports (British Series 404).
Michael’s main research interests are the Bayeux Tapestry, eleventh-century material culture and eleventh-century art history.
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External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Member of the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group (Advisory Group)
Member of the Council for British Archaeology’s Portable Antiquities Working Group
Member of the Institute of Archaeologists Finds Research Group.
M. Lewis, ‘Identity and Status in the Bayeux Tapestry: the iconographic and artifactual evidence’, Proceedings of the Battle Conference, 29, (forthcoming 2007)
M. Lewis, ‘A new date for ‘Class A, Type 11A’ stirrup-strap mounts, and some observations on their distribution’, Medieval Archaeology, 51 (forthcoming 2007)
M. Lewis, The Archaeological Authority of the Bayeux Tapestry, British Archaeological Reports 404 (Oxford, British Archaeological Reports, 2005)
M. Lewis, ‘The Bayeux Tapestry and Eleventh-Century Material Culture’, in. G. R. Owen-Crocker (ed.) King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry (Woodbridge, Boydell & Brewer, 2005), pp. 179-94
M. Lewis, Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report 2005-6 (London, British Museum, 2006)