18 October 2019

Bede's Death Song


My article "Bede's Death Song" published in The Literary Encyclopedia. I make the point that the song is not in fact by Bede but is somewhat earlier than his death in AD735.

21 May 2019

Joined the editorial board for Studies in Linguistics and Literature.

Engaged now or recently in validation work for University of Lancaster (Blackpool and the Fylde College), University of Surrey (University Centre Farnborough), University of Aberdeen and University of Chichester (ESE Milan).

09 April 2019

Article: J R R Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham, published in The Literary Encyclopedia.

07 November 2018

My article on "The Owl and the Nightingale" has been published by The Literary Encyclopedia. I'm convinced the poem was composed after the death of Henry III and before the coronation of Edward I, so 1272-1274.

10 October 2018

Paper The Languages of Blick Mead in the Mesolithic and Neolithic given at Amesbury History Centre Friday 5th October 2018.

23 May 2018

Dennison Research Grant

Awarded a Dennison Research Grant in connection with the Blick Mead Stonehenge excavation. The research funds are a benefaction by economist Prof Stanley Dennison (1912-1992)

22 May 2018

Published by The Literary Encyclopedia, my articles on Tom Brown's Schooldays and its author Thomas Hughes.

25 March 2018

Blick Mead: Exploring the 'First Place' in the Stonehenge Landscape

The first volume in the new academic monograph series "Studies in the British Mesolithic and Neolithic" (series edited by David Jacques and Graeme Davis) has been published. The Blick Mead dig of this project is Current Archaeology Research Project of the Year 2018.

21 March 2018

24 February 2018

22 November 2017

My article on William Dunbar's Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins "Off Februar the fyiftene nycht" published by The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 November 2017. 

19 February 2017

 My Stonehenge MOOC is available here.

"Brexit" speeds into the global lexicon

The Sunday Times has written an article for the OU's Open Learn. "Brexit is both an English language phenomenon and a global language phenomenon".

08 October 2016

Mesolithic Sussex Flint

The Mesolithic flint I found at Arlington, now entered in the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Described as "A fragment of flint bladelet, possibly a piece of debitage or an unfinished microlith blank, Mesolithic, 8000-4500BC. The tertiary flake has been truncated at the proximal end, removing the bulb of percussion though, the rippling remains visible on the ventral side. The dorsal side is marked by a longitudinal ridge created by previous flake removals to either side. There is no retouch present on the object, though there is some damage to the edges of the flake."

25 September 2016

"Harry Potter. El misterio de un éxito irresistible", La Nacion Domingo 25 de Septeimbre 2016.
"Probablemente Rowling acertó en el equilibrio entre un mundo suficientemente familiar para que los chicos lo entiendan -la escuela- y un mundo suficientemente diferente para que resulte excitante: el Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería", apunta el lingüista Graeme Davis, profesor de Humanidades en la Universidad de Buckingham, Gran Bretaña. "También acierta Rowling al no mostrar una actitud protectora y superior frente a sus lectores. Hay cuestiones morales difíciles en las novelas de Harry Potter, especialmente en las últimas, y los adolescentes las valoran. Quizás lo atractivo sea la progresión de las novelas a medida que Harry crece, porque presentan un lenguaje y temas más complejos que incitan a los niños a leer cosas que no son propias de su edad", reflexiona el especialista en literatura inglesa y autor de dos libros sobre Harry Potter... 

10 March 2016

University of Buckingham links with Fara Heim

University of Buckingham has agreed a link with Icelandic-Canadian explorers Fara Heim to investigate the history and archaeology of Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait. Graeme Davis is a project advisor for Fara Heim.

Stonehenge may be mentioned in 8th Century poem

An 8th Century poem, thought to have been written about Bath, could be the oldest surviving text to describe Stonehenge, an academic has claimed.
Mediaeval language expert Dr Graeme Davis said the poem could pre-date a previous text by several hundred years.
The poem, called The Ruin, mentions stones called "the old ones" or the "elders" and describes a warm spring similar to one found at Blick Mead.
Nearby Amesbury was recently named the oldest continuous settlement in the UK.
The town, including Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since 8820BC, experts have found.

The Dialect of Our Sussex Ancestors

Article by Graeme Davis
published in Sussex Family Historian
March 2016.

12 January 2016

Arthur Ransome and the dialect of Norfolk

Article published in Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics 8 (2015), 79-98. University of Buckingham publication of the week. Reviewed The Times 4th January 2016, including editorial.

06 May 2013

Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam. Three eBook shorts.

Three Kindle eBooks:

Nine Poems of Valery Bryusov (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Fifteen Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Eleven Poems of Osip Mandelstam (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).

The Origin of Surnames

Guest lecture at the Society of Genealogists, 20th April 2013, within the conference "Medieval Genealogy".

05 February 2013

Eight Titles by Graeme Davis Published through Amazon KDP

Historical Perspectives on the Development of English: The History of the English Language in Seven Texts

The Baird Letters - Letters of Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden

Driver H Taylor’s “In Memory of Our Nigh...

A Brit in Iceland

The Red Rag Vol 1 No 1 October 1916

A Brit in Greenland

A Literary Study of Andreas

Mary Ann Beard's The Church Lane Ghost

10 December 2012

A Literary Study of Andreas

2012 Kindle book by Graeme Davis on the Anglo-Saxon poem Andreas, reprinting a 1988 University of St Andrews (Scotland) dissertation.

26 November 2012

Historical Perspectives on the Development and Spread of English

Article by Graeme Davis published The Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics volume V, 2012.

20 March 2012

"Break That Brick Wall!"
Article by Graeme Davis in Family History Monthly 207 April 2012.

30 November 2011

SURNAMES What's in a name? An extract from my book Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree reprinted in the new bookazine Discover Your Ancestors.

08 November 2011

Morphology and its Interfaces
John Benjamins Publishing Company,
"Linguistics Today" volume 178

Reviewed by Graeme Davis in Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics issue IV (2011)

27 June 2011

"Branching out Online", article by Graeme Davis published by Family History Monthly special issue 198.

24 May 2011

Interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield (Rony Robinson 24th May 2011) on the Irish roots of Obama.

04 January 2011

Solving Genealogy Problems:
How to Break Down "Brick Walls"
and Build Your Family Tree
ISBN 978-1-84528-477-0
New book by Graeme Davis
published December 2011.

Reviewed by Family Tree magazine March 2012: "It basically does what it says on the tin ... Like a driving instructor guiding you through a three point turn to get you out of a dead end."

Reviewed by Genealogists' Magazine 30.9 March 2012: "A useful guide for those occasions when research has come to a standstill and another angle is needed to progress any further".

Reviewed by Who Do You Think You Are? February 2012: "Clear explnations, signposting and sound advice underpin ideas to try to solve your conundrums ... One to inspire ..."

06 October 2010

Vikings in America is now available in 2nd edition (new ISBN 9781841589596).

See reviews at Medieval History, Reykjavik Grapevine, Speesh, discussion The Modern Historian, the Canadian Medievalist, and other such Oxymorons, and interview at Medievalists.

18 August 2010

T. S. Eliot's THE WASTE LAND In 999 Words (What Everyone Should Know)

This eBook short published by Nimble Books.

Geoffrey Chaucer's THE PARDONER'S TALE In 999 Words
(What Everyone Should Know)

This eBook short by Graeme Davis to be published by Nimble Books, March 2011.

13 July 2010

29 January 2010

Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree

Reviewed by Family Tree Magazine December 2010: "brings ... expertise to bear on surnames."

Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? January 2011: "whether you're a Smith or an Elton this book will provide some valuable pointers to unravelling the unique story behind your surname."

Reviewed by Genealogist's Magazine March 2011: "this book will not disappoint the reader."

Reviewed by Your Family Tree Spring 2011: "A superb new approach ... This is a warm, well-informed book that will interest everyone".

Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... the perfect starting point for those wishing to find out what your family name means".

13 January 2010

These two mini-dictionaries now stocked by UK newsagent

12 January 2010

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction on the Channel USA 12th January 2010. Graeme Davis, author of The Lost Symbol: Found speaks about Dan Brown's latest book.

28 December 2009

The Medievalists interview, Christmas 2009. Graeme Davis interviewed about his new book Vikings in America.

19 October 2009

"Nimble author Graeme Davis will be appearing on Channel 5 in the UK at 8 pm local time Wed Oct 21 to discuss The Lost Symbol and Graeme's forthcoming book about it."

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction (Documentary)
Time - 20:00 - 21:00 (1 hour long)
When - Wednesday 21st October on Channel Five
Investigative documentary exploring the story behind Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol. Featuring unique access to Freemason lodges throughout the world, the film examines the history of the organisation and explores the biggest conspiracy theories surrounding it. After centuries of rumour, suspicion and scandal, do the Freemasons deserve their mysterious reputation?

21 August 2009

The Lost Symbol: Found Unauthorized Analysis and Critique of Dan Brown's Latest Novel.

The Lost Symbol: Found is published by Nimble Books October 2009, and is an exploration of Dan Brown's latest novel The Lost Symbol.
ISBN 978-1-60888-011-9

The Freemasons and Washington DC provide a background for an exploration of mysticism and religious enlightenment. Within the frame of a fast-paced thriller this book asks and even answers key questions about the existence of a soul and a life after death.

Available in paperback and Kindle.

20 March 2009

Your Family Tree On-Line

How to trace your ancestry from your own computer

Published August 2009 by Howtobooks.

Reviewed by Ancestors issue 87 "all that you need to know to get started".

Reviewed by Family Tree Autumn 2009 "a clear step-by-step guide".

Reviewed by Your Family Tree issue 82 - they love the title!

Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine issue 27 "... a useful primer for beginners".

Reviewed by Family History Monthly issue 176 "of use to beginners".

Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... explains how to begin tracing ancestors on the internet".