I first worked on the campus at Keele in 1984, as head of a regional office of the former Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME), which closed in 1998. Now retired, my practical professional career until 2006 was as a non-excavating field archaeologist with the former RCHME and English Heritage. I was founding secretary of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Society; I served as editor of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association and production editor for several volumes in the History of Lincolnshire series. I have been Chairman of the Society for Landscape Studies and President of the Medieval Settlement Research Group: I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) and a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA). I am one of the editor/authors on the British Academy’s Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (CASSS) project. I was External Examiner for archaeological MAs at York (2004-7). I am currently on the Board of Staffordshire Studies.

I gave the Earl Lecture in 2007 at Keele. As a field archaeologist and landscape historian I have published on a wide range of topics.


Research and scholarship

My particular interests are in the early English church, through its buildings and archaeology; in settlement studies; and in the archaeology of gardens. I work especially in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Current research includes:

  • Final preparation of a study on the site and landscape of the Premonstratensian abbey of Barlings (Lincs), for publication in 2011.
  • Two-fold contribution to the volume of synthesis on Wharram Percy deserted village, Yorks (WHARRAM XIII, ed Stuart Wrathmell).
  • Contribution to a multi-authored monograph on medieval settlement studies for the Medieval Settlement Research Group (eds P Stamper and N Christie, Rural Medieval Britain and Ireland, ad 800-1600: settlements, landscapes and regions), for publication in 2011.
  • Work towards a second CASSS volume, on Nottinghamshire.


Recent Publications

EVERSON, P and Brown, G 2010. ‘Dr Hoskins I presume! Field visits in the footsteps of a pioneer’, in eds C Dyer and R Jones, Deserted Villages Revisited, Explorations in Local and Regional History Volume 3, University of Hertford Press, 46-63.

EVERSON, P, Lott, B and Stocker, D 2008. ‘Little Sturton Rediscovered. Part 2: Sturton Old Hall and its owners’, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 43, 7-46

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2008. ‘St Swithin’s Church, Baumber and the Burial of the Dukes of Newcastle-under-Lyne’, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 43, 60-67.

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2008. ‘Masters of Kirkstead; hunting for salvation’, in John McNeill (ed.), King’s Lynn and the Fens. Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions XXXI, 83-111.

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2008. ‘Two newly discovered fragments of pre-Viking sculpture: evidence for a hitherto unsuspected early church site at South Leverton, Nottinghamshire?’, Trans Thoroton Society of Notts, 111 for 2007, 33-49.

EVERSON, P 2007. ‘“A setting of cheap thrills and false emotions”?: archaeology, parks and gardens in Staffordshire’, 24th Earl Lecture at the University of Keele, Staffordshire Studies, 18, 1-36.

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2005. ‘Little Sturton Rediscovered, Part 1: the grange of Kirkstead Abbey’, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 40, 7-14.

Selected Other Publications

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2006. ‘The Common Steeple? Church, Liturgy and Settlement in Early Medieval Lincolnshire’, Anglo-Norman Studies, 28, 103-2.

Hunt, A and EVERSON, P 2004. ‘Sublime Horror: industry and designed landscape in Miss Wakefield’s garden at Basingill, Cumbria’, Garden History, 32 pt 1, 67-86.

EVERSON, P and Stocker, D 2003. ‘The archaeology of vice-regality: Charles Brandon’s brief rule in Lincolnshire’ in eds David Gaimster and Roberta Gilchrist, The Archaeology of Reformation c 1480-1580, Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology monograph 1, 145-58.

Stocker, D and EVERSON, P 2003. ‘The straight and narrow way: Fenland causeways and the conversion of the landscape in the Witham Valley, Lincolnshire’, in ed Martin Carver, The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300, Boydell and Brewer/ York Medieval Press, 271-88.

EVERSON, P 2001. ‘Peasants, peers and graziers: the landscape of Quarrendon, Buckinghamshire, interpreted’, Records of Buckinghamshire, 41, 1-45.

EVERSON, P, Brown, G and Stocker, DA 1999. ‘The earthworks of the castle and its landscape context’ = chapter 5 in ed P Ellis, Excavations at Ludgershall Castle, Wiltshire, WAM monograph for English Heritage.

EVERSON, P and Stocker, DA 1999. Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture. Volume 5, Lincolnshire, OUP for the British Academy.

EVERSON, P and Williamson, T (eds) 1998. The archaeology of landscape, Manchester University Press.

EVERSON, P 1998. ‘"Delightfully surrounded with woods and ponds": field evidence for medieval gardens in England’, in ed Paul Pattison, There by Design. Field Archaeology in Parks and gardens, RCHME/Swindon (also published as British Archaeological Reports, British Series 267), 32-38.

EVERSON, P 1996. ‘Bodiam Castle, East Sussex: castle and its designed landscape’, Chateau Gaillard. Etudes de castellologie medievale, 17, 79-84.

EVERSON, P, Taylor C and Dunn, CJ 1991. Change and Continuity: Rural Settlement in North-West Lincolnshire, Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England/ HMSO.

EVERSON, P 1989. ‘The Gardens of Campden House, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire’, Garden History, 17, No. 2, 109?12.

EVERSON, P 1988. ‘What's in a name?  "Goltho", Goltho and Bullington’, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 23, 93-99.



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