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Dr Jerrod Seifert

Dr Jerrod Seifert

Analytical Laboratory Teaching Associate

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 6597
4.08, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I am a heritage materials scientist, archaeological conservator, and former field archaeologist. I specialise in degradation and corrosion analyses of cultural artefacts and sites, determining the impact of climate on heritage materials, and mitigating deterioration pathways. I have worked as an archaeologist and archaeological conservator in several countries, including Wales, the US, Greece, and Israel. Most recently I served as a senior conservator at the 9000-year-old protocity of Çatalhöyük, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Anatolia, Turkey. My role in SHARE involves instructing on the use of the various analytical equipment used throughout the school and the processing and interpretation of their output data, as well as ensuring for their care and maintenance. I am also involved in several outreach initiatives within the school, including Guerrilla Archaeology, a festival-oriented outreach program aimed at disseminating archaeological theories and thought.


2021: PhD in Conservation Science, Cardiff University  - 'Cast iron cannonballs of the Mary Rose: quantifying corrosion rates to inform management of the collection'

2015: MSc in Conservation Practice, Cardiff University

2006: BA in Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology; BA in Art History, University of Minnesota

Professional memberships

Member of the International Council of Museums

Member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Member of the Institute of Conservation (UK)

Academic positions

2020 - Present: Analytical Laboratory Teaching Associate, Cardiff University

2018 - 2020: Seminar Tutor, Cardiff University

2016 - 2020: Laboratory Demonstrator, Cardiff University

2016 - 2019: Senior Conservator, Çatalhöyük Research Project

2015 - 2016: Conservator, Science Museum Group (UK)

2003 - 2006: Research Assistant, University of Minnesota

Speaking engagements

2021: Cardiff Archaeological Society, Cardiff, UK

2020: Chepstow Archaeological Society, Chepstow, UK

2018: Çatalhöyük Project, Çatalhöyük, Turkey

2018: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

2017: Theoretical Archaeology Group Annual Meeting, Cardiff, UK

2017: Mary Rose Trust Conservation - Institute of Conservation Heritage Science Group Event, Portsmouth, UK

2016: Central Asian Seminar Group Annual Meeting, University College London, London, UK

2015: Institute of Conservation Ceramics and Glass Group Annual Meeting, Worcester, UK

2014: (Poster) Egyptian Collections – Egyptian Conservation Conference Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

2013: Institute of Conservation Archaeological Group Christmas Event, Birmingham, UK

Committees and reviewing

  • 2017 - Present: Treasurer, Metals Group, Institute of Conservation (UK)









I provide hands-on training of all analytical equipment and analysis of output data to students across the School (UG, PGT, PGR), including X-radiography, X-ray Fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, climate manipulation, oxygen consumption monitoring, chloride and conductivity analyses, and X-ray diffraction. I also instruct on the use of the mechanical equipment (freeze dryer, microtome, etc.) and oversee laboratory health and safety training and management to ensure safe working practices and protocol for all SHARE students and staff.

Additionally, I lecture on data analysis and manipulation as part of HST 500 (Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation).

Administrative Responsibilities

2020 - Present: SHARE Environmental Compliance Officer

2020 - Present: SHARE Green Impact Lead

2020 - Present: SHARE Covid Compliance Officer

2020 - Present: Heath & Safety Committee

My research in heritage materials science is focused on understanding the impact of climate on archaeological materials and the efficacy of treatments applied to them. I specialise in the use of oxygen consumption monitoring to inform upon material degradation and corrosion, with an emphasis on archaeological cast iron from marine contexts. The impact of such research provides for a greater understanding of the objects and materials under study and allows heritage professionals to make evidence--based, quantified decisions for the artefacts in their care. As an archaeological conservator, my research includes monitoring archaeological site statics and stability, and the incorporation of conservation into interdisciplinary archaeological methodologies.