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Fieldwork and data collection

The department has always regarded fieldwork and data collection as an important aspect of its archaeological role and believes that good analysis and data collection involve primary research that contributes to the development of the discipline. We continue to undertake large-scale excavations and these are supported by our annual fieldwork budget.

  • Niall Sharples has been involved in a series of projects exploring the hillforts of western Britain. This has involved limited excavations at Credenhill, with Herefordshire County Council, a recently completed three year programme of work at Ham Hill, Somerset, in partnerseip with Cambridge University Field Archaeology Unit, and is currently working at Caerau, Ely, Cardiff, in partnership with the local community.
  • Peter Guest has undertaken three significant seasons of excavation on the Roman fortress at Caerleon, supported by Cadw.
  • More limited excavations were also recently undertaken at Whitchurch in Warwickshire (Niall Sharples), at the LBK settlements of Niederhummel and Wang in Bavaria (Alasdair Whittle), at the hillfort of Dinas Powys, Glamorgan (Alan Lane), at the medieval village of Cosmeston, Glamorgan (John Hines), at Memphis in Egypt (Paul Nicholson), at the settlement of Praisos, Crete (James Whitley) and on the Isles of Scilly (Jacqui Mulville and Steve Mills).
  • Archaeological analysis takes place within our material science research and environmental laboratories. Jacqui Mulville and her team have undertaken bone reports for a number of sites including Yarnton, Norwich Castle, Butrint, Llangorse, Llanmaes, Fiskavaig and currently leads the team at Çatalhöyük and is concluding the analysis of a series of major excavations on the Outer Hebrides
  • Peter Guest has produced many reports on excavated coin assemblages and coin hoards from the Roman period.