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Ms Heather Crowley 

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Position:PhD Archaeology

Academic History

MA 2010 (University of Victoria)
BSc 2008 (University of Victoria)

PhD Research

Generously funded by a studentship from Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE)

Working Title: Exploring the Impact of the Crusaders on Rural Settlement: Village Structure and Obligations in the Levant

The principal aim of my research is to investigate the effect of the Crusaders on communities in rural areas of the Levant.  By engaging with documentary sources and current archaeological studies, it is my intention to assess what impact the Crusaders had on rural settlements and contribute to the debate about Crusader involvement in the countryside.

Start Date: October 2011

First Supervisor: Professor Denys Pringle

Additional Information

Conference Presentations

May 2015 – International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
• Paper presented entitled: ‘There is Nothing Quite Like Home Cooking: Migration and Foodways in the Latin East’.

March 2015 – Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
• Paper presented entitled: ‘"One cultivates vines, another the fields": Landscapes in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem’.

July 2014 – International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England
• Paper presented entitled: ‘Identity and Environment, Ethnicity and Communities: Looking at Landscapes in the Crusader States’.

September 2013 – Borders and Boundaries: School of History, Archaeology, and Religion Postgraduate Symposium at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
• Paper presented entitled: ‘The Munāsafāt of the Muslim States and the Frankish Condominia in the Medieval Levant: Blurred Boundaries’.

March 2010  - MEICON-BC Student Conference (The Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia) at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
• Paper presented entitled: “Ceramics in Context: Exploring the Changing Topography of North-eastern Cairo through Ceramic Evidence from the Barqiyya Quarter”.

January 2010 - Visual Impetus at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
• Oral presentation entitled: “Broken, Battered, Yet Infinitely Interesting: What Ceramic Shards Can Tell Us About Medieval Travel and Trade”.
• Poster presentation entitled: “Segregated Suburbia: Exploring the Early-modern Venetian Domestic and Communal Spaces of the Labouring Class”.

Conference Organisation

June 2011 - Committee Member for Engaging with Identities: Medieval Postgraduate Symposium at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
• Project sponsored by the Cardiff University Graduate College

November 2012 - Committee Member for the Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales

Public Engagement

Postgraduate Coordinator for SHARE with Schools, a widening access and community engagement initiative in Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE)

Coordinator for Cardiff University’s Archaeology Research Seminar podcasts


Member of the Editorial Board: SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation e-journal


Seminar Leader
2013-14 (Cardiff University)
HS1101: Medieval Europe
HS1105: The Making of the Modern World
HS2104: Post Roman and Medieval Britain

2012-13 (Cardiff University)
HS1101: Medieval Europe
HS2102: The Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World

2013-14 (Cardiff University)
HS2302: Material Study and Recording (Archaeological Illustration)

Teaching Assistant
2010 (University of Victoria)
HA251: Middle Eastern Civilization: Islam

2008-2009  (University of Victoria)
HA120: Introduction to History in Art