Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History
Chair, The Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard
Michael McCormick

Research Interests

The archaeology and history of the fall of the Roman Empire and the origins of medieval civilization, particularly the discovery of the past through the discovery of new data from new natural scientific approaches to biomolecular evidence and climate change

Related Publications

Next generation ice core technology reveals true minimum natural levels of lead (Pb) in the atmosphere: insights from the Black Death.” GeoHealth (AGU), 1 (2019): 211-19. doi: 10.1002/2017GH000064. A.F. More, N.E. Spaulding, P. Bohleber, M.J. Handley, H. Hoffmann, E.V. Korotkikh, A.V. Kurbatov, C.P. Loveluck, S.B. Sneed, M. McCormick, P.A. Mayewski 


Possible Icelandic tephra found in European Colle Gnifetti Glacier.” 

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (AGU), 18.11 (2017). doi: 10.1002/2017GC007022. M.T. Luongo, A.V. Kurbatov, T. Erhardt, P.A. Mayewski, M. McCormick, A.F. More, N.E. Spaulding, S.D. Wheatley, M.G. Yates, P.D. Bohleber


The role of historical context in understanding past climate, pollution and health data in trans-disciplinary studies.” GeoHealth (AGU), 2 (2018): 162-70. doi:10.1029/2017GH000121. A.F. MoreN.E. SpauldingP. BohleberM.J. HandleyH. HoffmannE.V. KorotkikhA.V. KurbatovC.P. LoveluckS.B. SneedM. McCormickP.A. Mayewski.


Alpine ice-core evidence for the transformation of the European monetary system, AD 640-670.”Antiquity (2018) https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.110 C.P. Loveluck, M. McCormick, N.E. Spaulding, H. Clifford, M.J. Handley, L. Hartman, H. Hoffmann, E.V. Korotkikh, A.V. Kurbatov, A.F. More, S.B. Sneed, P.A. Mayewski.


Climates of history, histories of climate: from history to archaeoscience.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, L:1 (2019), 3-30. https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jinh_a_01374. M. McCormick.


A 2000 year Saharan dust event proxy record from an ice core in the European Alps.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD030725H.M. Clifford, N.E. Spaulding, A.V. Kurbatov, A.F. More, E.V. Korotkikh, S.B. Sneed, M. Handley, K.A. Maasch, C. Loveluck, J. Chaplin, M. McCormick, P.A. Mayewski.


Alpine ice reveals the yearly political economy of the Angevin Empire, from the death of Thomas Becket to Magna Carta, c. CE 1170-1216.” Antiquity, 94.374 (2020): 473-90.  https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.202C.P. Loveluck, A.F. More, N.E. Spaulding, H. Clifford, M.J. Handley, L. Hartman, E.V.Korotkikh, A.V. Kurbatov, P.A. Mayewski, S.B. Sneed, M. McCormick.


The Impact of a Six‐Year Climate Anomaly on the ‘Spanish Flu’ Pandemic and WWI.”  AGU GeoHealth, 4:9 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GH000277 A.F. More, C.P. Loveluck, H. Clifford, M.J. Handley, E.V. Koro

Faculty Department



The Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard

Contact Information

Robinson Hall M-04
p: 617-496-3290

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