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Dr Ffion Reynolds 


Education and Qualifications

PhD: October 2006–June 2010. Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff.
AHRC funded. Thesis title: Ways of seeing, being, doing: reconstructing Early Neolithic worldviews in southern Britain. Viva completed with no corrections in November 2010.

MA: October 2004–January 2006. Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff.
Archaeology. Thesis title: Extracting meaning from megaliths: the value of shamanism in reconstructing a Neolithic cosmology in Ireland. Funded through a Cardiff University Studentship Award – grade Distinction

BA: September 2001–July 2004. The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
BA (Hons) Archaeology – grade 2:1

Career Overview

After studying for a MA in Archaeology at Cardiff University, focusing on the Neolithic of Britain, I travelled to south America and conducted field research with the Shipibo shamans of Peru. On my return, I took up an AHRC-funded PhD focusing on Neolithic worldviews at Cardiff University, supervised by the Distinguished Research Professor Alasdair Whittle. Soon after submitting my thesis I began a yearlong position as the Council of British Archaeology’s Community Archaeologist at Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. My projects focused on community work at Tinkinswood and St Lythan’s chambered tombs in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cat Hole cave on the Gower, Gray Hill stone circle in Monmouth and various school outreach programmes. My year contract came to an end in April 2012, and in May I was appointed as Cadw’s new Public Engagement Manager.

Awards and Prizes

2012    The Tinkinswood and St Lythan’s Community Archaeology Project was finalist in the Public Value Award at the Welsh Government Awards.

2006    My MA won the Richard and Hestor Atkinson prize for best Masters Dissertation in Archaeology and Conservation at Cardiff University.

Teaching Profile

I have taught on various Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules including Themes in the Neolithic, British Prehistory, Archaeological Skills, Human Origins and Environmental Archaeology.

Membership and External Activity

I am a member of the World Archaeological Congress, Council of British Archaeology and the European Association of Archaeologists.