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About Dr Caroline Pudney

I joined the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester in September 2014 where I continue to pursue both teaching and research focusing on the archaeology of the Iron Age and Roman periods. Details of my research can be found below, but further details can be viewed on the and websites. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Prior to joining the University of Chester I worked as Community Archaeologist for Cadw, the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (  Through my career to date I have also built up good working relationships with a range of heritage  bodies and other organisations, including the Council for British Archaeology, the National Museum Wales, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend (Wales, UK).


I am Programme Leader for undergraduate Archaeology

I am also module leader for the following undergraduate modules:

  • Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, and Celts
  • Empire and Aftermath: Archaeology of the First Millennium AD
  • Experiential Learning: Archaeology
  • Later British Prehistory
  • Romano-British Archaeology
  • Archaeology Dissertation

Additionally, I contribute to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to Archaeological Practice
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of the British Isles, 10,000 BC - 1900 AD
  • Debates in World Archaeology
  • Themes in British Prehistory: From Rock-Art to Hadrian’s Wall
  • The Archaeology of Material Culture
  • Archaeology and Contemporary Society

I contribute to the teaching of the following postgraduate modules:

  • Research Skills in Archaeology and Heritage
  • Public Archaeology

Postgraduate Supervision

I supervise a range of postgraduate researchers exploring topics in Iron Age and Roman archaeology as well as Public Archaeology.


I am a specialist in the Iron Age and Roman archaeology of the British Isles as well as exploring a broader keen interest in human-object relationships. I have also contributed to current debates in public archaeology and social benefit. Through my period-specific and thematic research, and my active role in the archaeology of Chester and its region, the archaeology and heritage of Wales is also firmly embedded in my passion. Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg!

My main research interests are:

  • Archaeological and material culture theory, specifically including theories of materiality, object agency, ‘flat ontologies’, and object histories.
  • Iron Age Britain; material culture, identity, cosmologies and world views.
  • Romano-British identity and the impact of the Roman conquest on indigenous societies.
  • Romano-British frontier societies.
  • Public Archaeology and the roles of archaeology in contemporary society

I have been actively involved in excavations at the Roman legionary fortress in Caerleon, (Newport,  Wales, UK) with Cardiff University, and have more recently co-directed excavations in partnership with Cadw at Llanmelin Wood Camp, an Iron Age hillfort near Newport (Wales, UK) and the fossilised landscape at Hen Caerwys, Flintshire (Wales, UK), with Cadw and the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

Published Work

Pudney, C (2018) Coins and Cosmologies in Iron Age Western Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal [published online June 2018]

Pudney, C (2018) Socio-semiotics and the symbiosis of humans, horses, and objects in later Iron Age Britain. The Archaeological Journal [online] 1-25.

Pudney, C (2017) Translational Public Archaeology? Archaeology, social benefit, and working with offenders in Wales (Part 2), Public Archaeology. 16(2), 74-89

Pudney, C (2017) Romans and Reducing Recidivism: Archaeology, Social Benefit, and Working with Offenders in Wales (Part 1), Public Archaeology 16(1), 19-41

Pudney, C (2017) A Bone-Disc Nail Cleaner from South-East Wales, The Monmouthshire Antiquary XXXIII37-42.

Pudney, C (2013) Heritage Graffiti Project. [Online] Cadw: Welsh Government (

Pannett, A., and Pudney, C. (2013) Llanmelin Hillfort Excavations. Assessment Report. Archaeology Wales Report for Cadw.

Silvester, B., Davies, W., and Pudney, C. (2013) Hen Caerwys Community Excavation, Caerwys, Flintshire. The Third Season. CPAT Report No 1235. Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

Guest, P., Luke M., and Pudney, C. (2012) Archaeological evaluation of the extramural monumental complex ('the Southern Canabae') at Caerleon, 2011. Project Report. Cardiff: Cardiff Studies in Archaeology 33. [Online]. Cardiff: Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.

Pudney, C. (2011) Pinning Down Identity:  The Negotiation of Personhood and the Materialisation of Identity in the Late Iron Age and Early Roman Severn Estuary In: Mladenovic, D. and Russell, B. eds. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Oxford 2010. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 115-131.


  • BA Hons. Ancient History and Archaeology (Cardiff University),
  • MA Archaeology (University of Reading),
  • PhD Archaeology (Cardiff University).