My primary research interests concern the flow of material, specifically glass and copper alloys. Much of my earlier research has focused on the Roman and Early Medieval period across the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire, but my current focus in Bronze and Iron Age material from Eastern Europe. I am particularly interested in how the novel interpretation and application of scientific techniques can illuminate complex archaeological questions of sourcing, trading and recycling. My work has focused on recycling as a key part of production cycles, regional markets and the impact of imposition and removal of colonial economies.
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Central Eurasian Bronze Age, as part of the FLAME project. FLAME (Flow of Ancient Metal across Eurasia) is a European Research Council funded project led by Professor Mark Pollard and sets out to investigate the movement, exchange, and transformation of metal in Eurasian societies during the Bronze and Early Iron Age.
I also teach on the Archaeological Science Masters on glass and vitreous materials in the past.
Things that Travelled Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD
By bringing together such a varied mix of contributors, specialising in a range of geographical areas and chronological time frames, this volume also offers a valuable contribution to broader discussions on glass within political, economic, ...
Geography of Antimony in Roman and Early Medieval Colorless Glass
Journal of Glass Studies
EMASS 2015: A brief report
MALLET, S, SAINSBURY, V, Tompkins, A
Medieval Settlement Research
An Early Medieval Polychrome-Enamelled Brooch from Flaxengate, Lincoln: Continental Fashions in an Anglo-Scandinavian Town
Ten Harkel, L, Weetch, R, Sainsbury, V
Bartering of Brass: A Compositional Analysis of English Monumental Brasses