Dr Susan Oosthuizen FSA

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


Susan Oosthuizen directs programmes in the historic environment (landscape and garden history/archaeology) at the Institute, and is attached to the University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology. Her undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History was taken at the University of Southampton; she holds an MA from SOAS (University of London), a PGCE and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where her research on Anglo-Saxon landscapes bridged archaeology, history and historical geography. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 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'. A list of her publications can be found on this page; many are downloadable from https://cambridge.academia.edu/DrSusanOosthuizen.

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

  • 2016. Oosthuizen, S. ‘Review article: Recognising and moving on from a failed paradigm: The case of agricultural landscapes in Anglo-Saxon England c.400-800’. Journal of Archaeological Research, First online November 2015; printed edition June 2016.
  • 2015. Oosthuizen, S. and Willmoth, F. eds. The Ely Coucher Book, 1249-50. The Bishop of Ely’s manors in the Cambridgeshire fenland. Cambridgeshire Records Society, Cambridge. 280pp.
  • 2014. Oosthuizen, S. ‘Re-evaluating maps of Domesday population densities: a case study from the Cambridgeshire fenland’. Medieval Settlement Research 29: 1-10.
  • 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.
  • 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