His research interests seek to understand human society as a tapestry of interwoven modalities encompassing the archaeology of play (especially board games), the medieval cult of saints, Pictish sculpture, the cinematic re-tellings of the past and biographical trajectories and itineraries. Recent publications include:
• ‘The Lewis Hoard of Gaming Pieces – Evoking and Reassembling a Viking Past?’, in Horne, T., Pierce, E. and Barrowman, R. (eds) The Viking Age in Scotland, Studies in Scottish Scandinavian Archaeology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 239-50.
• ‘Games of Character: The Role of Board, Dice and Card Games in Popular Cinema’, in Board Games Studies Journal 16. 2, 17-46.
• ‘Mixed fortunes: magical, mundane and modish reuses of coinage in Early Medieval Scotland: A European case study’, in Quaderni ticinesi di numismatica e antichità classiche 50 (2021), 241-72
• ‘Status, magic and belief: exploring identity through dress accessories and other amulets in medieval Scotland: a Perthshire case study’, in The Scottish Historical Review C.3: No. 254 (Dec. 2021), 469-92.
• ‘Trading games? Playing with/without the Vikings in Dorestad’, in Willemsen, A. & Kik, H. (eds) Dorestad and its Networks Communities, Contact and Conflict in Early Medieval Europe Proceedings of Third ‘Dorestad Congress’ held at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, the Netherlands, 12-15 June 2019, Leiden: Sidestone Press (PALMA: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities Vol. 25), 35-48.