Andy studied archaeology at Cardiff University where he gained his PhD in 2010. Before joining Christ Church he worked in commercial archaeology and lectured at Cardiff University. An active field archaeologist, his research interests focus upon early medieval Wales and western Britain. He has published several articles and reviews, and is currently writing a book on the kingdoms of southern Britain to AD 700. In his free time Andy enjoys playing rugby, fishing, and walking Dorothy, his miniature schnauzer.
Research and knowledge exchange
Andy’s research focuses upon early medieval western Britain. He has active fieldwork projects in South Wales, and has particular interests in the Roman to early medieval transition, Christianity and conversion, settlement and landscape, and power and kingship. Current research projects include:
Manifestations of Empire: Palaeoenvironmental Analysis and the End of Roman Britain (with Prof Stephen Rippon, University of Exeter), funded by the AHRC
Dinas Powys Revisited (with Dr Alan Lane, Cardiff University), funded by the Cambrian Archaeological Association, Society for Medieval Archaeology, Glamorgan County History Trust, and Medieval Settlement Research Group
Julius and Aaron: In Search of Britain’s Forgotten Martyrs, funded by the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Society.
Field-names, settlement and agriculture in the Eastern Vale of Glamorgan, funded by the British Academy
Other projects include a book entitled Living off the land: Living off the land: agriculture in Wales between c. 400 and 1600 AD (co-edited with Rhiannon Comeau); a detailed study of the Brycheiniog charters in the Book of Llandaff; a major re-evaluation of the history and archaeology of the southern British kingdoms to 700 AD (to be published as a monography).
He is actively involved in the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory; the Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research Group; and the Rethinking the Medieval Frontier research network. He is also developing a new collaborative project focused on the Late Antique communities of the Severn Sea with Dr James Gerrard (Newcastle University).
Teaching and subject expertise
Archaeology of Medieval Britain
Data Analysis in Archaeology
Britain in the Early Medieval World
Andy is Honorary Treasurer of the Medieval Settlement Research Group and a member of the council of the Royal Archaeological Institute. He is an external examiner for the University of Chester and the University of Glasgow.
Publications and research outputs
- 2018, ‘Landscape, Economy and Society in Late and Post Roman Wales’. In N. Christie and P. Diarte Blasco (Eds.) Interpreting Transformations of Landscapes and People in Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxbow, 123-136.
- 2018, ‘The Church of Julius, Aaron, and Alban at Caerleon’, Monmouthshire Antiquary 34, 3-15.
- 2017: ‘Further Research on A Predictive Model of Early Medieval Settlement Location in South Wales: Exploring the Use of Field-Names as Proxy Data’, Medieval Settlement Research 32, 27-34.
- 2016: ‘Defended Settlement in Early Medieval Wales, Problems of Presence, Absence and Interpretation’. In N. Christie and H. Herold (Eds.) Fortified Settlements in Early Medieval Europe: Defended Communities of the 8th-10th Centuries. Oxford: Oxbow, 37-50.
- 2016: 'La religi en Britania’, Desperta Ferro Antiqua y Medieval 36, 46-51.
- 2016: Reconstructing a Medieval Welsh Landscape: Exploring the Evidence of Nineteenth Century Field-Names and Land-Use Data in Landscape Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.5284/1037857
- 2015: 'Julius and Aaron ‘Martyrs of Caerleon’: in search of Wales’ first Christians', Archaeologia Cambrensis 164, 201-219
- 2015: 'The Eastern Vale of Glamorgan Palaeoenvironmental Resource Assessment Project: Summary Report', (with O. Davis and T. Davies) Archaeology in Wales 54, 164-167.
- 2014: ‘Tempora Christiana? Conversion and Christianization in Western Britain AD 300-700’, Church Archaeology, 16, 1-22.
- 2013: ’Dinas Powys Revisited: A Preliminary Note on Recent Research at Dinas Powys Promontory and Tyn y Coed Earthworks’ (with Alan Lane), Archaeology in Wales 52, 140-1.
- 2013: ‘Dinas Powys in Context: Settlement and Society in Post-Roman Wales', Studia Celtica 47, 1-23.
- 2012: 'The Multiple Estate Model Re-Considered: Power and Territory in Early Medieval Wales', Welsh History Review 26, 163-185.
- 2011: 'Towards a Predictive Model of Early Medieval Settlement Location: A Case Study from the Vale of Glamorgan', Medieval Settlement Research 25, 12-22.
- 2009: 'Situating Nature: Christian perceptions of the Natural World in Medieval Europe', Archaeological Review from Cambridge 24 (2) 141-155.