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Dr Andy Seaman

Dr Andy Seaman

Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology

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Andy is a specialist in late antique and early medieval Western Britain. He is currently engaged in a number of projects focused on Wales and south-west England. An active field archaeologist, he haspreviously directed excavations on the Dinas Powys ‘southern banks’ and at Mount St Albans near Caerleon. He has recently started a new project focused on the environs of Fonmon Castle. He has published widely on a range of topics and is currently working on a monograph on hillforts in early medieval western Britain.


2022 - present: Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology, Cardiff University

2012 - 2022: Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Archaeology, Canterbury Christ Church University

2011 - 2012: Lecturer in Archaeology (fixed-term), Cardiff University

2010-2011: Commerical archaeology

2002-2010: BA, MA and PhD in archaeology, Cardiff University

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Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: 2021-present

AHRC Peer Review College (Academic): 2020-present

Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London: 2019

Elected member of the Sachsensymposion: 2016

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Chartered Institute of Archaeologists: Associate

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Medieval Settlement Research Group: Treasurer: 2017-present

Royal Archaeological Institute: Council member: 2018-present

Archaeological Journal: Editorial Committee: 2020-present

Society for Medieval Archaeology: Council member: 2020-present














Andy is a Fellow of Advance HE. He teaches early medieval archaeology and contributes to a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate. He also has an interest in teaching field skills and vocational training in archaeology.

Andy's research interests include:

  • Roman to early medieval transitions
  • Power and kingship
  • Christianity and the early church
  • Agriculture and landscape
  • Hillforts and defended settlements

Andy has a particular interest in landscape archaeology and multidisciplinary research. He has directed numerous projects, including the AHRC-funded Manifestations of the Empire, which uses high-resolution pollen analysis to explore continuities and changes in environment and land-use between the Roman and early medieval periods. He is involved several research networks and is currently developing collaborative projects with colleagues from across Britain and Europe.


  • Late antique and early medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Western Britain and Ireland

Past projects

Current and former students include Genevieve Cain (landscape archaeology and the early medieval kingdom of Brycheiniog) and Tim van Tongeren (Buried in the borderlands: An artefact typology and chronology for The Netherlands in the early medieval period on the basis of funerary archaeology).

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