Dr Caroline Pudney

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology


BA Hons. Ancient History and Archaeology, Cardiff University

MA Archaeology, University of Reading

PhD Archaeology, Cardiff University


I am an archaeologist with specialisms in Iron Age and Roman Britain and in outreach and community engagement.  My doctoral research focused on the Iron Age – Roman transition in the Severn Estuary, with a particular focus on how changing identities were played out through material culture as a result of the Roman conquest. My research focus thus lies within Iron Age and Roman archaeology of the British Isles and theories of identity and materiality within wider world views. Other research interests include: the archaeology of Wales, the archaeology of the contemporary past, public access to heritage and the role of heritage in politics and society.

Before joining the University of Chester I was the Community Archaeologist for Cadw, the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (www.cadw.wales.gov.uk).  While at Cadw I developed and delivered Cadw’s Community Archaeology programme including partnership projects with HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend (http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/learning/communityarchaeology/heritage-graffiti-project/?lang=en), the Llanmelin Community Project (http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/learning/communityarchaeology/llanmelin-wood-hillfort-excavations/?lang=en), excavations of a deserted Medieval settelement at Hen Caerwys, Flintshire (ht­­­­tp://cadw.wales.gov.uk/learning/communityarchaeology/hen-caerwys/?lang=en), and co-authored and launched Cadw’s Community Archaeology Framework.

I have also managed a successful Cadw, RCAHMW, Welsh Archaeological Trust and CBA partnership Heritage Grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for an innovative, youth-focus community archaeology project (http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/about/news/a-step-closer-to-uncovering-wales-unloved-heritage/?lang=en).

Prior to working for Cadw I spent four years with Cardiff University on the Lost City of the Legion Project (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/resource/6648.23802.file.eng.pdf), excavating and researching the Roman legionary fortress of Isca, at Caerleon and spent some time working in commercial archaeology in the Bedford area. I have also taught courses on Roman Britain to undergraduates from top US colleges and universities who were studying for a semester abroad.

Through my career to date I have built up good working relationships with Cadw, Cardiff University, the Council for British Archaeology, the National Museum Wales, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historic Monuments Wales and the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts.

Published work

Pudney, C (2018) Coins and Cosmologies in Iron Age Western Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal [published online June 2018] https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959774318000331

Pudney, C (2018) Socio-semiotics and the symbiosis of humans, horses, and objects in later Iron Age Britain. The Archaeological Journal [online] 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/00665983.2018.1441105

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 (http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/docs/cadw/publications/131115heritagegraffitiprojecten.pdf)

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.