Dr Sarah Mallet

Research Summary

Sarah Mallet is a post-doctoral researcher on the Pitt Rivers Museum's Action for Restitution to Africa project. Her previous role at the PRM involved researching the visual and material culture of the Calais ‘Jungle’, and she was one of the co-curators of the major temporary exhibition ‘Lande: The Calais ‘Jungle’ and beyond’ on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum. That project developed new approaches to contemporary collecting in impermanent spaces and used the principles of archaeological methodology to understand and record the lives of undocumented people in the present. She has a multi-disciplinary background, including medieval history and scientific archaeology, and her doctoral research–as part of the English Landscape and Identity Project–was an investigation of legacy isotope data from human and faunal bones from English sites between the Iron Age and the Early Medieval period. Her current research has focused on borders and migrations, as well as the history of camps in Northern France in relation to contemporary events. She is the co-author with Dan Hicks of the book Lande: The Calais ‘Jungle’ and beyond published by Bristol University Press in May 2019.


Hicks D., Mallet S. 2019. Lande: the Calais Jungle and Beyond. Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Mallet S. (in prep),‘The Archaeology of Forced Migration’ in Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. 

Mallet S., Stansbie D. (in review) ‘Substance and Subsistence’ in Chris Gosden (ed.) The English Landscape and Identity Project.

Mallet S., Sainsbury V., Tompkins, A. 2017. ‘EMASS 2015: A brief report’ in Medieval Settlement Research Group 32, 79-81.

Stansbie D., Mallet S. 2015. ‘Big, Bad (?) Data: New Approaches to the Study of Food, Identity and Landscape in Early Medieval England’ in Medieval Settlement Research Group 30, 1-10.