My main areas of research are Iron Age archaeology in central-western Europe, conflict archaeology and the archaeology of identities. I am particularly interested in the development of the first urban centres in temperate Europe, colonial interactions and the archaeology of the Roman conquest. My work spans from Central Europe to Iberia, and I have directed fieldwork at sites such as the Heuneburg (Germany), Monte Bernorio (Spain) and Ardoch (Scotland). I am currently co-directing excavations at the site of Kaptol in Croatia.
I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013, when I was appointed as Chancellor's Fellow/Lecturer in Archaeology. In 2016 I was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize, and in 2017 I was promoted to Reader. I have also held visiting scholar positions at University College London (2008), the VU University Amsterdam (2009), the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris (2010), the Römisch-Germanische Kommission in Frankfurt am Main (2007 and 2011), the Excellence Cluster TOPOI in Berlin (2014), and Keble College at the University of Oxford (2018).
Recent publications include the monograph Identity and Power: The Transformation of Iron Age Societies in Northeast Gaul (Amsterdam University Press 2014) and the edited volumes Paths to Complexity: Centralisation and Urbanisation in Iron Age Europe (Oxbow Books 2014), Eurasia at the Dawn of History: Urbanization and Social Change (Cambridge University Press 2016), and Conflict Archaeology: Materialities of Collective Violence from Prehistory to Late Antiquity (Routledge 2018).