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Considering a PhD at Cardiff? Great potential funding news

Cardiff University is part of the new Arts, Humanities and Social Science Council’s Doctoral Training Partnership

Marking the retirement of five internationally-recognised scholars

Five long-standing academic colleagues retire from their duties this month.

Here we acknowledge with gratitude their distinguished contributions to the School, the University and to their areas of scholarship more generally of Emeritus Professors Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Peter Coss, Peter Edbury, Denys Pringle and Geoffrey Samuel.  Staff and students thank them for their exceptional service and wish them well in even more productive and research-active retirements.



BBC4 Thursday 28 November at 9pm: Cold Case - Body in the Bog 
A 4000-year-old body is found preserved in an Irish peat bog, in Cashel, in Ireland's midlands.
To scientists and historians, it could offer brand new clues to solve an ancient mystery.
The hundreds of bodies found mummified in the boglands of Northern Europe.
Cardiff Professor of Archaeology Miranda Aldhouse-Green is one of the experts revealing the hidden history.
For more about the programme. Go to BBC iPlayer


How do we learn to be religious?
Muslims in the UK more effectively pass on their faith
to the next generation than other religious groups,
according to a new book by Cardiff researchers.

Click on Cardiff News for more information


German painting
'Further exciting surprises'

Cardiff Research Professor comments on Nazi-looted art trove find



Rising in the rankings

This month saw the publication of the Times Good University Guide.
Archaeology and Theology at Cardiff are among those disciplines
to have improved on their 2012 rankings.
For more information:


One Fine Day in Cardiff

The CAER project documented in film


Dr Bronach Kane
BBC4 Medieval Life: Birth, Marriage Death

A Good Marriage, Wed 16 October, 9pm, BBC4

Senghennydd Colliery Disaster 1913
Cofio Senghennydd/Remembering Senghennydd


Cardiff historians Professor Bill Jones and Professor Chris Williams are among those contributing to programmes marking the 100th anniversary of the Universal Colliery, Senghennydd disaster.

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National Student Survey

A great place to study


University Challenge - Cardiff wins second round place

Students from the University, include History student Sara Caputo, took on the University of Exeter in a bid to get through to the second round of University Challenge last night, and won. (BBC 2, 30.09.13)
Watch again on the BBC iPlayer

University Challenge with Jeremy Paxman

University Challenge with Jeremy Paxman




Realising their Ambitions

Six adult learners are about to start their degrees at the University after successfully completing an educational pathway programme designed to meet their needs and help them realise their ambitions.



Revolution in Dating Early Anglo-Saxon Archaeology


A revolutionary digital archive is now live thanks to the results of a 15-year multi-national research project into Early Anglo-Saxon Archaeology.


Which is most important place in the history of Wales?

From castles to coastlines, pit heads to pubs, ruins to rugby clubs, hear historians debate from this year's Hay Festival. Cardiff's Medieval expert Professor Helen Nicholson puts her case.... Which would be your choice?

See the discussion here:


‘Approaches to the Byzantine Family’
Byzantine family life revealed

New book fills gap in Byzantine Studies field

‘Approaches to the Byzantine Family’ co-edited by Cardiff Ancient Historian Dr Shaun Tougher



Ham Hill Roundhouse
2,500 year-old human remains discovered

Piecing together Iron Age life at Britain’s largest hillfort



Plas Brynkir
Lost royal deer park discovered

Cardiff-led excavations reveal new history of Brynkir

A royal 13th century deer park has been identified at Brynkir in Gwynedd, North Wales, following a season of excavations led by Cardiff University.

Walking with Romans
Walking with Romans

New app gives visitors to Brecon the chance to retrace Roman footsteps

Visitors to an ancient marching camp in Brecon Beacons National Park can now retrace the footsteps of Roman soldiers thanks to a free cutting-edge mobile app for smart phones and tablets using Cardiff University research.

Professor Bill Jones
Royal Wreck of Gold

Catch it on ITV & S4C tonight!

Professor of Welsh History at Cardiff Bill Jones has contributed to a new series of television programmes linked to this year's attempts to recover gold from The Royal Charter wreck off Anglesey.

The Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project
Revealing Cardiff's hidden powerhouse

Caerau hillfort uncovered by CAER Heritage project 

Excavations to the West of Cardiff are revealing that two and a half thousand years ago, in the Iron Age, Caerau hillfort was the political and power centre for the entire Cardiff region.



The Class of 2013 celebrate at the School's pre-graduation party at Aberdare Hall. Congratulations!

The Class of 2013 celebrate at the School's pre-graduation party at Aberdare Hall. Congratulations!



The Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project
Digging Caerau


Community Discovers Hidden Hillfort in Cardiff

Between 24th June-19th July 2013 community members and schoolchildren from west Cardiff will be working with professional archaeologists to uncover the secrets of one of Wales’ most significant yet little known historical sites, Caerau Hillfort in the second phase of the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project.  



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Military Chaplaincy in Contention

Book launch of  Military Chaplaincy in Contention announced

Venue: St Michael’s College, Llandaff
Date & time: Monday 17 June, 5pm

Looking across the Agora towards the Temple of Hephaestus

Cardiff University Conservation student Sara Brown is announced today as a winner of the prestigious Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowships [ZGTF] awards.



Cardiff archaeology to feature in new BBC4 series

Cardiff's part in the post-excavation study at Eriswell Anglo-Saxon cemetery (RAF Lakenheath) features in the final programme of a new BBC 4 series 'Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited' this month [Wednesday 22 May, 8pm].

Calling all Undergraduate history students:

Opportunity to gain experience of archival research at postgraduate level this summer.

We are looking for an undergraduate student to work on the following project during either August or September 2013. This Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme [CUROP] project will give the student experience of archival research at postgraduate level.



 Crannog in Llangorse Lake
Island of Glass community opera springs from mystical past


The community of Merthyr Tydfil is premiering a new opera Ynys Gwydr: The Island of Glass, telling a little-known story from its early medieval history this weekend.



Mind in the Cave
Mind in the Cave


Cardiff archaeologists help public recreate earliest art at Festival of Neuroscience

Cardiff University archaeologists are leading a creative drop-in activity at a national festival that will engage families and children in the earliest art known to mankind.    



Huw Edwards
Digital resource for Welsh schools shaped by Cardiff historian

A Cardiff historian has helped to shape a new Story of Wales-inspired educational resource for young people in Wales and beyond just launched online.



Community Designed Mural
Community designed mural marks entrance to Iron Age hillfort

Young people from North Ely Youth Centre have created a striking new mural to signpost a new heritage trail that will soon be developed around the Caerau Iron Age hillfort.



National Museum of Wales
Archaeological Science ‘Question Time'


Have you ever wondered how Archaeologists use Science to investigate the past?
To quiz the experts come to Archaeological Science ‘Question Time’
Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Thursday evening April 11th 2013,  at 7pm [FREE]

Geophysical survey Caerwent
Students investigate one of best preserved Roman sites in Britain

A team of twelve Cardiff archaeology students are now undertaking a geophysical survey at the Roman town of Caerwent in South East Wales [project: 6th-13th April 2013].



Coins after cleaning
The Romans are Here!


The people of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, discovered what the Romans did for them on a recent visit to Cardiff University's conservation department.

Wow Awards 2013
Wow winner goes futuristic


An Archaeology finalist is one of 25 lucky young people to take part in the 2013 Women of the World (WOW) Festival in London on Saturday 9th March in a partnership between Cardiff University and the Southbank Centre.




CAER Exhibition Forging Communities Past and Present
Forging Communities Past and Present


Heritage projects invest in community and help raise aspirations

Two new projects based around one of Cardiff’s most important, but little-known, archaeological sites, Caerau Iron Age hillfort, will engage local people and school children in their history and help challenge marginalisation.

CAER Exhibition at Senedd
Free half term Iron Age fun!


Half-term activities at Cardiff Story inspired by hidden local history

Half Term Activities: Monday 11th Feb to Friday 15th Feb [11.30am-1pm]
Plus CAER Heritage Project Exhibition: 7 Feb – 6 March, Cardiff Story


NATURE came to the Experimental Archaeology Conference at Cardiff [11/12 January 2013] and made a podcast about the conference, its evolving subject and Cardiff's Guerrilla Archaeology .... have a listen!


Caerleon excavations
Archaeological work at Caerleon nominated for national award

A research and training project that has revealed remarkable new evidence for the Roman legionary fortress of Isca at Caerleon has been nominated for a prestigious national award.



 Crannog in Llangorse Lake
Fragments: A Creative Response to Merthyr’s Early Medieval History


Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil - Saturday 16th February 2013  at 11.00 am