Projects

The School has produced a number of project reports, monographs, occasional papers and websites relevant to research in History, Archaeology and Religion.

This project centres around the Romanian village of Măgura. Through scientific and artistic interventions, our researchers are gaining new insight into the relationships that different groups of people have with their physical environment and associated archaeology. It is part of a wider pan-European project on landscape, art and heritage funded by the European Commission.

Art Landscape Transformations: Măgura past and present

Inscriptions on stone are the most important documentary source for the history of the ancient city of Athens and its surrounding region, Attica. This project makes available online the inscriptions of ancient Athens and Attica in English translation.

Attic Inscriptions Online

This project brings together all the wartime newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth ('JMS'), which originally appeared in the British Sunday paper the News of the World and the Cardiff daily paper the Western Mail. Over 1300 cartoons document the war's changing fortunes and the ways in which the conflict was experienced and represented by one of the most popular visual artists of the time.

Cartooning the First World War

The site of Saqqara is well known as the location of Egypt's earliest pyramid, but few visitors are aware that deep below the desert surface lies a lost world of catacombs provided for the burial of sacred animals. Careful study by Cardiff archaeologists of its construction, layout and animal inhabitants is yielding new and exciting results. This project is in association with the Egypt Exploration Society.

The Catacombs of Anubis

This project focuses on exploring family archives through time. It investigates how families make conscious use of curated possessions – including documents, images, objects and other materials – to develop a familial identity based on past and present generations, and how this is transmitted to future family member. This collaborative project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Family Archive Project

Our archaeologists are involved in several major research projects at Caerleon, the site of Isca, one of only three permanent legionary fortresses in Britain. Work at Caerleon has included ground-breaking geophysical physical surveys, the identification of a complex of very large monumental buildings, and the excavations of a legionary store building and the Southern Canabae.

Isca: the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon

An anthropological study involving field research with young people in three main locations: rural Bangladesh, urban Bangladesh, and the Bangladeshi community in the UK, principally in Cardiff and London. The team is exploring how young Bangladeshis before and after marriage think of themselves in relation to their future or actual husband or wife, wider family network and community, and how these ideas are formed.

Islam and Young Bangladeshis

This project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, 2014-17 and by A British Academy and Leverhulme Trust Personal Research GrantIn the 1930s, the French government built an enormously expensive line of fortifications - the Maginot Line - along its frontier with Germany. Notoriously, in the summer of 1940, a lightening German attack through Belgium outflanked the Maginot Line, and within a few weeks France had been defeated. The Maginot Line represents an ideal focus for an interdisciplinary study and it provides a window into French and European history.

This project involves the use of a range of qualitative research methods to address questions surrounding Muslim chaplains working in UK institutions such as prisons, hospitals, universities and the military. Who becomes a Muslim chaplain in Britain, and why? What Islamic traditions and scriptures are utilised in their training and practice? What is the wider potential deriving from the employment of Muslims as chaplains?

Muslim Chaplains Research Project

Funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.

This project investigates the complex changes in the treatment of rape in the period 1500-1800. By examining a rich array of primary sources and situating rape in its broader cultural and individual contexts, the project will show that rape does have a history, but not one that we necessarily expect. How did the 'everyman-rapist' of the sixteenth century become the 'aberrant monster' of the late eighteenth? Why did seventeenth-century people seem to believe that guilty men were acquitted and their victims genuine? When and why did these perceptions change? What role did misogyny, religion, politics, and news play in changing attitudes? And what were the practical implications for women and children seeking justice?

The topic of religious nurture is of interest in relation to all faiths, but given the diversity of schools of thoughts and ethnic groups amongst British Muslims, there is a strong argument for a detailed study of Islam in particular. This joint research project with the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences investigates how children of primary school age and below are brought up to be Muslims.

Religious nurture in Muslim families

A long-running research project, supported by funding from Historic Scotland, on the island of South Uist, part of the Western Isles of Scotland, that has been particularly important in exploring the human occupation of the island from the Neolithic through to the end of the medieval period.

South Uist Projects and Environmental Research

This three-year project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It explores the role of narrative across three of the world's most significant religious traditions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism – in the context of recent perspectives drawn from cognitive, literary and linguistic theory.

The Story of Story in Early South Asia

This project is making ground-breaking progress towards the construction of much more precise chronologies for the Neolithic period in Europe through a proven combination of expertise in Neolithic archaeology and Bayesian statistical analysis. It is funded by a five-year Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council and is being carried out jointly with English Heritage.

The Times of Their Lives

A four-year project designed to explore women's relative access to justice in a wide range of different courts, from a comparative perspective. A collaboration with Swansea University and the University of Glasgow, the project brings together a team of experienced researchers whose combined expertise can deliver a genuinely comparative study of women's participation in the legal process across the multiple jurisdictions in medieval and early modern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice