Dr Susan Oosthuizen FSA

Reader in Medieval Archaeology, Academic Director for Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens)


Susan Oosthuizen has been involved in university lifelong learning since 1985. An archaeologist, she directs programmes in the historic environment (landscape and garden history/archaeology) at the Institute. Her undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History was taken at the University of Southampton; she holds an MA from SOAS (University of London), and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where her research on Anglo-Saxon landscapes bridged archaeology, history and historical geography. She is attached to the University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a former President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. She delivered the 2012 Hoskins Lecture on 'Medieval Open Fields and Their Origins'.

Dr Oosthuizen also holds a PGCE (University of Cambridge) and has a strong interest in community engagement in higher education. She was Vice-Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) from 2007-2012, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her work has included numerous externally funded outreach projects, and the direction of a programme of community education and outreach courses for the Institute. She received a National Award for excellence in History Teaching in Higher Education in 2003 from the Historical Association, the History at the Universities Defence Group, the Royal Historical Society, and the LTSN for History, Archaeology and Classics'.

Teaching and research supervision areas

Dr Oosthuizen teaches in landscape and field archaeology, including garden archaeology, with a special interest in the Anglo-Saxon and medieval landscapes, and in research skills. She supervises full-time and part-time postgraduate students in the University, and is always pleased to hear from and discuss potential research topics with intending applicants.

Research interests and conferences

  • Anglo-Saxon and medieval landscapes, with an emphasis on field systems and settlement
  • Garden archaeology
  • Water management in the medieval peat fens


Landscape History Courses at ICE

Courses Taught

Recent Publications

  • Forthcoming, 2014. The Fenland Manors of the Bishop of Ely in 1251 in the Ely Coucher Book, translation of the Ely Coucher Book, co-edited with Dr Frances Wilmoth. Cambridgeshire Records Society, Cambridge.
  • 2013. Tradition and Transformation in Anglo-Saxon England: Archaeology, Common Rights and Landscape. Bloomsbury Academic.
  • 2013. 'Beyond hierarchy: the archaeology of collective governance', World Archaeology 45, 5: 714–729.
  • 2013. ‘The emperor’s old clothes: The origins of medieval nucleated settlements and their open fields’. Medieval Settlement Research 28: 96–98.
  • 2013. '"A truth universally acknowledged?" Morphology as an indicator of medieval planned market towns', Landscape History 34, 1: 51–80.
  • 2013. 'Common people', British Archaeology 128, January/February 2013: 42–45.
  • 2012. ‘Cambridgeshire and the peat fen: medieval rural settlement and commerce, c.AD900–1300’, in N. Christie and P. Stamper (eds.) Medieval Rural Settlement Britain and Ireland, AD 800–1600. Oxford, Windgather: 206–224.
  • 2012. Part-time: The New Paradigm for Higher Education. Proceedings of the UALL Conference 2011. Edited with Professor Bill Jones, Leicester, UALL.
  • 2011. ‘Anglo-Saxon fields’, in H. Hamerow, D. Hinton,and S. Crawford (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, Oxford, Oxford University Press: 377–401.
  • 2011. ‘Archaeology, common rights, and the origins of Anglo-Saxon identity’. Early Medieval Europe, 19, 2: 153–181.
  • 2010. ‘A note concerning the distribution of two- and three-field systems in south Cambridgeshire before about 1350’, Medieval Settlement Research 25: 21–31.
  • 2010. ‘Medieval field systems and settlement nucleation: common or separate origins?', in N. Higham (ed.), The Landscapes of Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge, Boydell & Brewer: 108–131.
  • 2010. ‘The Old Rectory, Kingston: A short note on its origins’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 99: 139–44.
  • See full list of publications

How to get in touch


University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
Cambridge CB23 8AQ

Email: smo23@cam.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746279