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Research Projects & Reports

The School has produced a number of project reports, monographs, occasional papers and websites relevant to research in History, Archaeology and Religion. Please click on the links below for more information.

Reports and papers

Cardiff Historical Papers

A series of occasional papers published by the History and Welsh History section at Cardiff University.

Cardiff Studies in Archaeology

Cardiff University Archaeology and Conservation produce specialist reports, monographs and websites. Please follow the link for details.


 opening page of the online Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC)

Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation e-journal

SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation is a continually publishing, peer reviewed, no fee open access e-journal which enables postgraduates, early career and established academics to disseminate their research. 

Projects in religious studies and theology

Cardiff is a leading research centre for Religious and Theological Studies. As such, we are home to a number of exciting and important research projects. Our current projects include:

Projects in history and archaeology

A pan-European project on landscape, art and heritage consisting of ten partners and funded by the European Commission. The Cardiff partner project is centred around the Romanian village of Măgura and, through the process of scientific and artistic interventions, will gain new insight into the relationships that different groups of people have with their physical environment and associated archaeology.

Situated on the west bank of the River Usk, just north of the city of Newport, the town of Caerleon lies over some of the most remarkable and evocative remains from the Roman period in Britain. Beneath Caerleon lies the fortress of Isca, headquarters of the Second Augustan Legion and home to 5,500 heavily armed Roman citizen legionaries for some 200 years.

The Catacombs of the canine god Anubis are located to the north-east of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Egypt. A new project directed by Dr. Paul Nicholson in association with the Egypt Exploration Society is making a new, large scale, plan of the monument, examining the geology of the catacomb and investigating the mummies.

This 3-year £365,000 interdisciplinary project is funded by the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Large Grants programme. Its main aim is to define and measure the variables which influence the corrosion rate of archaeological and historic iron artefacts, and develop methods of measuring the corrosive potential of storage and display environments. This is the first large-scale study to measure the corrosion rate of archaeological iron in real-time.

Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology is working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council on an exciting new project to increase community awareness and access to learning about Cosmeston Medieval Village and the surrounding area.

The fourth millennium BC in Britain is coming into sharper chronological focus. Change and sequence are visible within what was even recently seen as an almost undifferentiated earlier Neolithic hundreds of years long.

The Family Archive Project The Family Archive Project

The AHRC-funded Family Archive Project focuses on exploring family archives through time. It compares the ways in which modern families collect and preserve treasured possessions with similar practices in the past, making use of an inter-disciplinary methodology that draws on archaeology, history, museum studies and Classics. 

Mosaics in the ancient world were mostly made for private houses, and, as we all instinctively know, you can tell a great deal about someone from their house. Studying mosaics and the other decoration of ancient houses provides fascinating insights into the activities, values, economic standing and social aspirations of people living in the past.

A project to investigate surface preparation of wrought iron to receive coatings. The study will be carried out by Nicola Emerson, an MSc and BSc Conservation graduate from Cardiff, under the supervision of David Watkinson.

A research project whose purpose is the study of the supply, circulation and use of ancient coins within modern Wales. The intention is to better understand the production of coins (particularly by Rome) and the impact of coinage (especially Roman) on the diverse population of this part of western Britain from the first century BC to the fifth century AD.

The project aims to further develop knowledge of the early environment, settlement and social activity, also to investigate the relationship between the Islands and the Southwest British mainland and to further enhance understanding of the archaeology of the Atlantic façade. The project is of particular relevance for continuing research into cultural, economic and social responses to physical and climatic marginality on islands.

The contexts, aims and objectives of an interdisciplinary project on the environment, settlement and subsistence of the early Neolithic Körös culture (c. 6000-5500 BC) in south-eastern Hungary.

Geophysical survey and excavation were undertaken on the site of the recently discovered Roman fort and settlement at Caergwanaf near Miskin during 2004.

An archive produced to increase the availability of the data derived from the Scalloway post excavation process.

Applying Auditory Archaeology to Historic Landscape Characterisation:an English Heritage funded pilot project in the former mining landscape of Geevor and Levant Mines, West Penwith, Cornwall.

Cardiff University has a long history of interest in the Western Isles that began with Professor Richard Atkinson’s excavations at Sollas on North Uist in 1957. In recent years they have had a long running research project on the island of South Uist that has been particularly important in exploring the long term history of the island from the Middle Bronze Age through to the end of the medieval period.

A project that aims to refine and broaden our understanding of long-term patterns of landuse and settlement in southeastern Europe.

The research project by David Watkinson and Mark Lewis underpinning the ambitious conservation project of the ss Great Britain.

This AHRC-funded project (grant number AH/F018126/1) aims to investigate diversity in the lifeways of the early European Neolithic LBK culture (Linearbandkeramik culture, c. 5500-4900 cal BC) using a combination of stable isotope, osteological and archaeological analyses.

The Norse settlement at Bornish, South Uist. An interim report on the 2000 excavations (with links to interim reports for the 1999, 1997 and 1996 excavations).

A survey that developed out of the excavation project around Monte Pallano. The research objectives of the project are closely related to the extraordinary position of the Roman municipium of Iuvanum, situated high on a plateau between the Aventino and Sangro valleys in central Italy, an area which is dominated by the massif of the Maiella.

This AHRC funded project is investigating the manuscript tradition of the French text of William of Tyre’s History of the Crusades, and will lead to a critical edition of the Old French Continuations of that work.

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A project funded by a five-year (2012–2017) Advanced Investigator Grant, from the European Research Council, that Prof Alasdair Whittle is leading jointly with Dr Alex Bayliss of English Heritage. The project offers ground-breaking progress towards the construction of much more precise chronologies for the Neolithic period in Europe, particularly focused on phases after initial transformations, through a proven combination of expertise in Neolithic archaeology and Bayesian statistical analysis.

Welsh Voices of the Great War OnlineWelsh Voices of the Great War Online

The ‘Welsh Voices of the Great War Online’ project ran from the summer of 2010 to early 2011, gathering material from the Welsh public related to the First World War. The public shared an enormous amount of valuable and interesting material: written material, such as contemporary letters and diaries; visual material, such as photographs and sketches; and physical memorabilia, which includes everything from decorated items brought home from places such as Mesopotamia to German weapons picked up on the field of battle.

Websites hosted by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion

The Caerleon Research Committee was established in 2005 to promote and co-ordinate research in and around the Roman legionary fortress of Isca and to disseminate the results to as wide an audience as possible.

Cardiff and District Classical AssociationCardiff and District Classical Association

If you are interested in the classical world and are based in or near Cardiff, you are warmly invited to join the local branch of the Classical Association.