My archaeological career began at the University of Birmingham, where I obtained my bachelors degree in archaeology in 2008. I remained at Birmingham to study for an MPhil in archaeological practice, which I completed in 2010. During this time I also worked for two commercial archaeology units on a full-time basis, participating in excavations across the midlands and the south east of England. In November 2010 I enrolled at the University of Aberdeen to study for a PhD in Archaeology, which I initially undertook from Herefordshire before moving to London. My thesis considered the evidence for conflict in Viking Age England, focusing specifically on the area colonised and occupied by the Scandinavians during the 9th and 10th centuries (an area referred to by some scholars as the ‘Danelaw’). I successfully defended my thesis in October 2013. Between February 2014 and December 2016 I was a postdoctoral research assistant in the Human Evolutionary Studies Program at Simon Fraser University, Canada, and I was lucky enough to spend two years living and working in Vancouver. I have recently taken up a position as a researcher at Uppsala University, where I am conducting research on the Viking slave trade.