Publications: a select list


Adams, M. 2005a Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s own hero. Weidenfeld and Nicholson

Adams, M. 2005b Collingwood: Northumberland’s Heart of Oak. Tyne Bridge Publishing

Adams, M. 2010 The Prometheans: John Martin and the generation that stole the future. London, Quercus Paperback.

Adams, M. 2013 The King in the North: the life and times of Oswald Whiteblade. London: Head of Zeus

Adams, M. 2014 The wisdom of trees. London: Head of Zeus

Adams, M. 2015 In the Land of Giants. London: Head of Zeus

Adams, M. 2016 The Ambulist. Durham: beat&track

Adams, M. 2017f Ælfred’s Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age. London: Head of Zeus


Adams, M. and Reeve, J. 1987 Excavations at Christ Church, Spitalfields 1984-1986. Antiquity 61:247-56

Adams, M. and Reeve, J. 1989 It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it: the archaeological context in palaeopathological study. In Roberts, C.A., Lee, F. and Bintliff, J. (Eds) Burial archaeology: current research, methods and developments. BAR British Series 211:267-273

Adams, M. 1991 A logic of archaeological inference. Journal of Theoretical Archaeology 2:1-11

Adams, M. 1992a Darwin’s worms: a review. The Field Archaeologist 18:1-4

Adams, M. 1992b Stratigraphy after Harris: some questions. In Steane, K. (Ed) Interpretation of stratigraphy: a review of the art, 13-16 City of Lincoln Archaeology Unit

Reeve, J and Adams, M. 1993 The Spitalfields Project: The excavations. Council for British Archaeology Research Report 84

Adams, M. and Brooke, C. 1995 Unmanaging the past: truth, data and the human being. Norwegian Archaeological Review 28, 2: 93-104.

Adams, M. and Haselgrove, C.C. 1995 Excavations at Port Seton East, East Lothian. Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, Archaeological Reports 19, 46-51

Adams, M. 1996a Iron Age rig and furrow? So it seems. British Archaeology 13, 6. Council for British Archaeology

Adams, M. 1996b Excavation of a pre-Conquest cemetery at Addingham, West Yorkshire. Medieval Archaeology 40, 151-191

Adams, M. 1996c Setting the scene: the Mesolithic in Northern England. In Frodsham, P. (Ed) Neolithic Studies on No-man’s land: Papers on the Neolithic of Northern England from the Trent to theTweed. Northern Archaeology 13/14, 1-7

Adams, M. 1999 Beyond the Pale: some thoughts on the later prehistory of the Breamish Valley. In Bevan, B, (Ed) Northern Exposure: interpretive devolution and the Iron Ages in Britain. Leicester Archaeology Monographs 4: 111-122

Adams, M. 2000 The Optician’s trick: an approach to recording excavation using an iconic formation processes recognition system. In Roskams, S. (Ed) Interpreting Stratigraphy: Site evaluation, recording procedures and stratigraphic analysis. BAR International Series 910: 91-102

Adams, M. 2004 Alfred the Great. In Merullo, A. and Wenborn, N. (eds) British military greats:12-15 Cassell illustrated.

Adams M and O’Brien C, 2013 A geophysical survey at Carrowmore Ecclesiastical Complex, Inishowen, August 2012. Donegal Annual Vol 65: 5-9  2013

O’Brien, Adams, Haycock, O’Meara and Pennie ‘The Early Ecclesiastical Complexes of Carrowmore and Clonca and their Landscape Context in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.’ Ulster Archaeological Journal, 72 (2013-14), 142-160.

O’Brien and Adams ‘Early Ecclesiastical Precincts and Landscapes of Inishowen, Co. Donegal’ 160-174 in T. Ó Carragáin and S. Turner (eds) Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe. 2016, University of Cork Press.



Adams, M. 2002 Northumberland: landscape of spirits and saints. The Northumbrian April/May 2002: 23-26

Adams, M. 2005 Humphry Davy and the ‘murder’ Lamp.  History Today 55 (8): 4-5

Adams, M. 2006 John Martin and the Prometheans. History Today 56 (8): 40-49

Adams, M. 2007a A real Jack Aubrey? Naval History 21:1 56-60

Adams, M. 2007b After Nelson… Viva Collingwood! The Trafalgar Chronicle 17: 62-70

Adams, M. 2011 Philip Rahtz: a memoir. Antiquity: In Memoriam

Adams, M. 2012a Only time will tell. Novel Magazine Issue 6

Adams, M. 2012b A plank’s life. Alliterati 6: 20-21

Adams, M. 2012c The Age of Wood. Vintage Magazine Issue 5

Adams, M. 2012d John Martin and the theatre of artistic subversion. Public Domain Review uploaded 12.07.2012

Adams, M. 2013 Oswald Whiteblade: Northumbria’s ‘Irish’ king. The Northumbrian 135: August/September 2013.

Adams, M. 2016 Eda Frandsen: a voyage to the Dark Ages. Classic Boat Magazine May 2016

Unpublished short stories

Adams, M. 2010 The Céleste Paon affair

Adams, M. 2012 A death on the line