Russell Palmer


Name: Russell Palmer, F.S.A.

Position: Research Fellow


Office No.: Room 515, Red Tile Building


  • Editorial Assistant A&HCI journal ANQ (2016-present)

  • Editorial Advisory Board of the A&HCI journal Post-Medieval Archaeology (2021-present)

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (elected 2021)

  • Member of the SUFE Center for the Study of Text and Print Culture

Research areas:material culture history, print culture studies, literary book illustration, textual studies, graffiti studies, historical archaeology, British ceramics

Educational background

PhD in Archaeology, Ghent University (2017)

MA in Archaeology, University of Manchester (2002)

BA (Hons) in Archaeology, University of Manchester (2001)



Captives, Colonists and Craftspeople: Material Culture and Institutional Power in Malta, 1600–1900 (New York: Berghahn, 2020).

Journal articles

Illustrating Gulliver and the Lilliputians in 1727 and 1728,” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, (2021 - Advanced online). DOI: 10.1080/0895769X.2021.1980857 (AHCI)

Slavery, captivity and galley rowing in early modern Malta,” Antiquity 95:383: 1280-1297. (SSCI/A&HCI)

The Globalization of Penal Space in Nineteenth-Century Malta,” Journal of Historical Sociology 34:2 (2021): 323-349. (SSCI)

Visual criticism in the illustrations of Robinson Crusoe: reading Allart and Vis’ 1791 Dutch edition,” AAA: Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik46:1 (2021): 15-42. Doi: 10.2357/AAA-2021-0002 (A&HCI)

 “Post-medieval Maltese earthenware and its makers: unearthing a forgotten industry,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 24:2 (2020): 422-455. (A&HCI)

with Simone Raneri, Paulo Mazzo, Nicholas C. Vella, Germana Barone and Wim De Clercq. “Neighbourly ties: Characterizing local and Sicilian pottery in post-medieval Malta,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19 (2018): 575-587.

 “Graffiti as Historical Data: The British Army and the Inquisitor’s Palace (Birgu) in the early nineteenth century,” Melita Historica 17:2 (2018): 37-49.

 “Contextualizing the Cruel Sufferings of Katharine Evans and Sarah Cheevers: a historical materialist perspective,” ANQ-A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 31:1 (2018): 11-17. (A&HCI)

 “A Functional Analysis of Glass from an Officers’ Mess, Malta,” Malta Archaeological Review 11(2012–2013, pub. Jan. 2017): 41-50.

with Laura McAtackney. “Colonial Institutions: Uses, Subversions, and Material Afterlives,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20:3 (2016): 471-76. (A&HCI)

 “Religious Colonialism in Early Modern Malta: Inquisitorial Imprisonment and Inmate Graffiti,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20:3 (2016): 548-561. (A&HCI)

 “Daily Life in a Nineteenth-Century Officers’ Mess: Historical Archaeology at the Inquisitor’s Palace,” Tesserae: Bulletin of Heritage Malta 1:1 (2016): 20-27.

 “Maltese Ceramics and Imperial Foodways: An Exploration of Nineteenth-century Red Wares,” European Journal of Archaeology 17:4 (2014): 678-701. (A&HCI)

 “Coleridge, Material Culture, and Malta,” ANQ-A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 27:1 (2014): 5-12. (A&HCI)

with Natascha Mehler, Historical Archaeology at EAA Istanbul. The SHA Newsletter: Quarterly News on Historical Archaeology from Around the Globe 47:4 (2014): 5-6.

Edited works

with Laura McAtackney. Colonial Institutions: Uses, Subversions, and Material Afterlives. Special Issue of International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20.3 (2016). (A&HCI)


An Archaeology of Lunacy: Managing Madness in Early Nineteenth-century Asylums. Post-Medieval Archaeology 54:3 (2020): 384-385. DOI: (A&HCI)

Gran Bretangna e Italia tra Mediterranea e Atlantico: Livorno: ‘un portoinglese’/Italy and Britain between Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds: Leghorn: ‘an English Port’. Edited by Hugo Black. Archeologica Medievale 19, 2015. ISBN 978-88-7814-648-8, 2017 (pbk). Post-Medieval Archaeology 52:3 (2018): 430-431. DOI: (A&HCI)

International Conference/Forum Presentations

(Since joining SUFE in 2020)

From Broadside to Chapbook: novelizing the “Children in the Wood.” October 24, 2021. Literature and Reception Studies: Approaches, Models, Practices (October 23-24, 2021). Shanghai/Online.

Illustrating “Children in the Wood” in late eighteenth-century America. October 17, 2021. Interdisciplinary Studies of Children’s LiteratureThe Third International Children’s Literature Symposium(October 15-17, 2021). Qingdao/Online.

Staffordshire-on-Sea,” or ceramic manifestations of empire in the nineteenth-century Mediterranean. May 30, 2021. PMAC21 (May 28-30, 2021). UK/Online.

The Connecticut Pocket Almanack and the Babcocks of Connecticut, c. 1790–1810. May 27. RSAP 2021 Digital Symposium. USA/Online.

Awards and Honors

  • Election to the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London (June 6, 2021).

  • Early Career Research Grant, Research Society for American Periodicals (08/2020).

  • 08/2018 Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Fellow (post-doctoral), Francke Foundations, Halle (8/2020).

  • Barra International Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (07/2018)

  • Herzog-Ernst Fellow (post-doctoral), Research Centre Gotha, University of Erfurt (02/2018)