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Dr Ffion Reynolds 

Ffion Reynolds
Position:Honorary Research Fellow

Research Interests

My main research interests are the prehistory of the British Isles and Ireland, focusing on themes of worldview including shamanism, animism, totemism and Amerindian perspectivism, funerary practices, material culture and art, as well as working to integrate anthropological and archaeological perspectives. 

My current research interests focus on the symbolic relationships between humans and animals, especially deer through time - from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Britain.

I am particularly interested in:

  • The British Neolithic and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition
  • Human-animal relationships in prehistory
  • Prehistoric worldviews
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Archaeological theory
  • Ethnographic analogy

My other major interest is in community archaeology and public engagement, and I am currently working to inspire creative engagement with the historic and archaeological landscapes of Wales as part of my role as Public Engagement Manager at Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government.

Selected Publications

Reynolds, F. 2014. In press. Early Neolithic shamans: performance and healing at Hambledon Hill, Dorset. In McInnes E, Gemi-Iordanou E, Gorden S, Matthew R, Petitt R, eds. Medicine, healing and performance: beyond the bounds of science? Oxford: Oxbow Books.        

Reynolds, F. and Adams, D. 2013. In press. Sound and performance in public archaeology: examining the benefits of outdoor learning with creative engagement at the Neolithic site of Tinkinswood burial chamber, south Wales. Time and mind: the journal of archaeology, consciousness and culture. London: Routledge.

Reynolds, F. 2013. Tracing Neolithic worldviews: Shamanism, Irish passage tomb art and altered states of consciousness. In Adams C, Waldstein A, Sessa B, Luke D, King D, eds. Breaking Convention: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness, 22–37. London: Strange Attractor Press.

Reynolds, F. 2012. Hands-on prehistory: digs and rituals. Heritage in Wales 52. Cadw, Welsh Government.

Reynolds, F. 2011. Totemism and food taboos in the Early Neolithic: A feast of roe deer at the Coneybury ‘Anomaly’, Wiltshire, southern Britain. In Thomas, J. and H. Lamdin-Whymark (eds), Beyond the mundane: regional perspectives on Neolithic pit deposition. Neolithic Studies Group seminar papers. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Reynolds, F. 2009. Regenerating substances: quartz as an animistic agent. Time and mind: the journal of archaeology, consciousness and culture Vol 2(2). Bedfordshire: Berg Publishers.

Research and Engagement Projects

Guerilla Archaeology

An archaeology, science, art and anthropology collective, dedicated to bringing the past alive.

The Make and Break Project

A school outreach programme, using archaeology, sound, drama and art to inspire creative responses to the Neolithic period in Wales.

The Tinkinswood and St Lythans Community Archaeology Project

A community archaeology project, investigating the Tinkinswood landscape and St Lythan’s chambered tomb.

Future Animals

A Beacons funded project combining creativity and science on topics of natural and artificial selection with secondary schools, including non-mainstream education institutions.

Llanmaes Archaeological Fieldwork, Vale of Glamorgan

Excavations of a large feasting site, with a strong community archaeology emphasis and an innovative school outreach programme.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

I have been trained as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador.