Staff profiles

Curatorial Staff

Richard Brewer

Keeper of Archaeology & Numismatics

Richard has worked at Amgueddfa Cymru since 1978 and has been Keeper of Archaeology & Numismatics from 1996.  His primary research area is Romano-British Archaeology, with specialist knowledge of Roman urbanisation, conquest and occupation of Roman Wales, Roman sculpture, small finds and coins.  Recent publications include:

  • Roman Fortresses and their Legions, edited papers (Society of Antiquaries of London/National Museums & Galleries of Wales, 2000)
  • Caerleon and the Roman Army, popular guide to the Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon (National Museums & Galleries of Wales, 2000)
  • The Second Augustan Legion and the Roman Military Machine, edited papers (National Museums & Galleries of Wales, 2002)
  • ‘Zoomorphic Seal Boxes: Usk and the Twentieth Legion‘ in M Aldhouse-Green and P Webster (eds.), Artefacts and Archaeology.  Aspects of the Celtic and Roman World, 174–89 (University of Wales Press, 2002)
  • ‘The Romans in Gwent’ in R Howell and M Aldhouse-Green (eds.), Gwent County History, Volume 1, 205–43 (University of Wales Press, 2004)

He conducted research excavations at the Roman town of Venta Silurum (Caerwent) from 1981–95; from 1984 in partnership with Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments: Roman courtyard house (1981–84); Romano-Celtic temple (1984–87); and the forum–basilica (1987–95) with Dr Peter Guest.

Representation on external bodies includes:

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University
  • Ancient Monuments Board for Wales
  • Chairman of the Young Archaeologists’ Club
  • Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust
  • Editorial Committee of the Roman Society (Review Editor)

Richard was granted a Research Secondment between 0ctober 2004 and July 2005 to work with Dr Peter Guest (Cardiff University) on the report for the Caerwent forum-basilica. 

Tel: (029) 20573247
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Edward Besly

Assistant Keeper, Numismatist

A member of the Department since 1986, Edward had previously worked in the British Museum Coins and Medals Department.  He has published on coinage and currency from the Celts to the twentieth century, with particular interests in:

  • the Romans
  • the Stuarts
  • early modern minting technology.

He has also written For those in peril, an illustrated account of the Civil Gallantry awards in Amgueddfa Cymru's collection (published by National Museum Wales Books). 

He is currently working on coin finds from several Welsh sites and further afield, including a large late 3rd-century Roman hoard and an important late 11th-century find.  He also provides specialist contributions to the publication of archaeological excavations and the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Edward is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University and a Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading.  He is an associate member of the Museums Association.

Tel: 029 2057 3291
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Dr Mark Redknap

Curator, Medieval & Later Archaeology

Mark has responsibility for curating the Department’s medieval and later collections.  He joined the Department in 1988, having completed a PhD on the Roman and medieval pottery industries of the German Eifelgebiet and worked as an Assistant Curator at the Passmore Edwards Museum.  He has directed numerous terrestrial and underwater excavations, including St Columba's Shrine, Iona Abbey (1976), an early 16th-century shipwreck in the Cattewater, Plymouth Sound (1977-8), the semi-submerged 9th/early 10th-century crannog in Llangors Lake, Powys (1989-93) and the Viking-period settlement at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey (1994-2004).

He has published widely, covering areas such as marine geophysical prospection, Pleistocene fossil remains, post-medieval glass and lead, Saxon and Frankish pottery, medieval ecclesiastical metalwork, shipwrecks and East Indiamen, although his main research interests are:

  • Early medieval Wales
  • Medieval ceramics AD400-1550
  • Medieval boats and maritime archaeology
  • Medieval & post-medieval artefacts.

He is currently working on:

  • Medieval jewellery from Wales
  • The results of excavations at Llangors and Llanbedrgoch

Representation on external bodies includes:

  • Diocesan Advisory Committee, Diocese of Monmouth
  • Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck sites
  • Council, Society of Antiquaries of London
  • National Committee in the Recording and Identification of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture.

Tel: (029) 20573223
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Dr Steve Burrow

Curator, Early Prehistory

Steve joined the Department in 1997 having completed a PhD on the Neolithic of the Irish Sea area and led a range of survey and excavation projects in southern England. He is responsible for curating the Museum's Neolithic collections, and developing the online presence of the Museum's archaeology and history collections.

He has published on a range of subjects relating to British prehistory, including:

  • A catalogue of the Museum's Mesolithic and Neolithic collections
  • A catalogue and gazetteer of Neolithic archaeology on the Isle of Man
  • A gazetteer and review of archaeological fieldwork in England 1982-1991 (co-authored).

In addition, his digital work includes the development of:

  • WalesPast - an online magazine for Welsh history and archaeology (<www.walespast.com>)
  • Ancient Wales - a map-based catalogue of Amgueddfa Cymru's archaeology collections (CD-ROM)
  • Digging for Vikings - an online diary following the progress of excavations at Llanbedrgoch (1999-2001).

Current research interests include:

  • Online story-telling
  • The role of Geographical Information Systems in museums
  • Neolithic tombs in Wales.

Steve is an Associate of the Museums Association and a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeology.

Tel: (029) 20573388
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Adam Gwilt

Curator, Later Prehistory

Adam joined the Department in 1997, having graduated at Durham University in 1992. He then worked as a field archaeologist, undertook postgraduate research on the British Iron Age and reported on artefact assemblages from northern and eastern Britain. In 1997, he co-edited, with Professor Colin Haselgrove, a monograph of thirty recent research papers entitled Reconstructing Iron Age Societies.

Adam is responsible for curating the Bronze and Iron Age collections, also reporting on prehistoric treasure cases for Wales. He has presented and published a range of papers, organized research seminars and conferences and jointly authored a popular CD-ROM resource on the Celts for children. His particular interests include Bronze and Iron Age metalworking and ceramic traditions, social and ritual burial practices, the Bronze/Iron Age transition and the regionally distinctive later Iron Age societies of Wales. He has recently played a leading role in developing research agendas for the British Iron Age and later prehistory in Wales and he is a Council member of the Prehistoric Society.

He is currently working on:

  • The excavation of a Late Bronze to Early Iron Age settlement at Llanmaes in the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • Preparing a research monograph on recent Late Bronze Age hoards from south Wales and The Marches.
  • Articles on recent prehistoric gold treasure finds from north-east and west Wales.
  • Extending the range of radiocarbon dates from cremated human burials of the Bronze Age in Wales, to improve our understanding of monument and material culture chronologies.

Tel: (029) 20573374
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Elizabeth Walker

Collections Manager

Elizabeth joined the Department in 1986 following the completion of a degree in archaeology at the University of Lancaster.

In her role as Collections Manager she holds responsibility for visitors using the collections and for managing the curation and documentation programme of the Department's archaeological research and study collections. She also administers all departmental loan requests.

Elizabeth is also the curator with responsibility for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods, and specialises in the field of lithic artefact analysis. She has participated on a number of Museum excavations in Welsh caves and has completed her own excavation of an early Mesolithic site on Burry Holms, Llangennith, Gower which is now being prepared for publication. She has published a number of papers on the Mesolithic archaeology of Wales and on the history of lithic artefact collections in the Museum.  She has co-edited the book Lithics in Action with Francis Wenban-Smith and Frances Healy for the Lithic Studies Society and Oxbow Books.

Elizabeth's main current research projects are:

  • Early Mesolithic archaeology of Wales: improving our understanding of the chronology and technology of early Holocene Wales.
  • Pontnewydd Cave project: assisting Professor Stephen Aldhouse-Green to prepare the final monograph of the excavations at this Lower Palaeolithic site and preparing a chapter on the history of the excavations at this and the Cefn Caves.
  • Lithic Analysis: actively recording, studying and publishing collections of lithic artefacts from across Wales. Elizabeth also helps record new finds of flints for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales.
  • History of Museum collecting practice: Elizabeth is currently engaged on a part-time MPhil through the University of Wales, Lampeter entitled: Aspects of Change in Museum Collecting Practice During the Twentieth Century: Some South Welsh Archaeological Collections.
  • Archaeological Archives in Wales: Elizabeth helped develop a project in conjunction with the former Council for Museums in Wales and the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to undertake an archaeological archives survey across Wales. This examined the nature of the archaeological resource held by the Welsh Trusts and in other archaeological organizations awaiting transfer to museums. The report made recommendations for the future storage and care of archaeological archives across Wales - recommendations are now being brought into being.
  • Research Agenda Wales: Elizabeth chairs the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sub-group of the Research Agenda Steering Committee, charged with the formulation of a Research Agenda for Welsh Archaeology.

Tel: (029) 2057 3274
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Evan Chapman

Curatorial Officer

A graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff he has worked for the Department since 1990.  He specialises in the Roman period, but also has an interest in later periods of British history and archaeology.  His main research interests are the Roman army and Roman small finds, particularly brooches.  He has recently completed an MPhil cataloguing the Roman military equipment in the Museum’s collection, and is currently writing up the small finds from the Caerwent Basilica excavations.

Evan is principally involved in the day-to-day curation of the study collections of the Department, but is also involved with exhibitions and assists on departmental excavations.

Tel: (029) 20573238
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Jody Deacon

Curatorial Assistant

Jody graduated from Cardiff University in 2000 with a BSc in Archaeology and joined the department in 2002. She mainly works on the Bronze Age and Iron Age reserve collections but also assists with exhibitions and departmental excavations.

Her main research interests are in Prehistoric ceramics. She is currently undertaking an initial assessment of the Late Bronze Age pottery assemblage from Llanmaes and a survey (with Mary Davis) of infills and coatings on Bronze Age ceramics held within the collections at NMGW.

Tel: (029) 2057 3238
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Illustration Staff

Tony Daly

 Illustrator

A member of the Department since 1988, Tony had previously worked for the Glamorgan and Gwent Archaeological Trust.

His work producing illustrations (artefacts, interpretative drawings, reconstructions, site plans, location maps) and graphics for use in future publications and exhibitions reflects the wide variety of the Museum's archaeological collections.

Tony also makes a large contribution to the illustration of objects logged under the Portable Antiquities Scheme for Wales.

Tel: (029) 2057 3227
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Jackie Chadwick

Illustrator

After completing a degree in Visual Art at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Jackie worked, on contract, as illustrator with the Field Archaeology Unit at National Museums Liverpool. In 1990, Jackie joined the Department at Cardiff. Whilst specialising in lithic artefacts her work reflects the wide variety of material of every age in the Museum`s collection. Most illustrations are intended for publications and as such, include interpretative drawings, reconstructions, site plans and location maps.  Artefacts are also drawn as a matter of record, including many discoveries reported members of the public through the Portable Antiquities Scheme for Wales.  Graphical work is also produced for use in exhibitions and display. 

Tel: (029) 2057 3227
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Conservation Staff

Mary Davis

Archaeological Conservator

Mary gained a post-graduate Diploma in Archaeological Conservation from Durham University before working as a conservator at Norwich Castle Museum and then at the National Museums of Scotland.  She joined the Department in 1997 and works on the conservation and archaeological science projects; her major interests are:

  • Conservation of inorganic artefacts
  • Early prehistoric jet and jet-like artefacts; their material, provenance, manufacture and conservation
  • Scanning electron microscopy for the scientific analysis of artefacts and for investigation into ancient technologies and materials.

Present projects include:

  • Conservation of excavated material from Glyn Llanbedrgoch, and Llanmaes
  • Analysis of infills and coatings on Bronze Age Ceramics
  • Analysis of decorated metal work with special reference to inlays of early glasses and enamels
  • Surface finishes, corrosion and condition of Late Bronze Age hoards in South Wales.

Tel: (029) 20573228
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Penny Hill

Archaeological Conservator

Penny joined the Department in 1992 having previously worked at the British Museum, London.  Her qualifications include:

  • BSc (Hons) Archaeological Conservation, Institute of Archaeology, London
  • Diploma in Conservation Crafts, Lincoln College of Art.

Her main areas of interest include the study of pigments and the conservation of metal artefacts. Penny is currently researching the effectiveness of past treatments for archaeological iron; she is also involved in the analysis and conservation of some Roman painted wall-plaster in the collection.  Her next project involved the examination of the Medieval wall plaster from St Teilo`s church, which is being reconstructed at the Museum of Welsh Life.  The results of the analysis were used to recreate the painted interior of the church.

Other interests include the study of ancient technology; this has led to the reconstruction of work in fresco and also in the ancient paint medium of encaustic.

Tel: (029) 20573228
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Louise Mumford

Archaeological Conservator

Louise joined the Department in 1980, having completed a BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Conservation at University College, Cardiff.

Having recently completed the conservation of the 10-century waterlogged textile from the excavations at Llangorse Crannog, she is currently involved in the recording of the design for publication and experimental work on the technology of the textile. She is also involved in the reconstruction of the Magor Pill Boat.

Louise’s special interests include:

  • The conservation of organic materials, especially wood and textile
  • Presenting conservation and archaeology to the public, especially children
  • Experimental archaeology and recreating earlier technologies
  • Moulding, casting and electroforming
  • Early textiles.

Louise has published “Edge-trimmings on the Llangorse Textile” in L-M BRIC News No. 7 (Annual Newsletter of the Loop-Manipulated Braiding Research Centre, published on the Internet at <www.lmbric.org>)

Tel: (029) 20573228
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Portable Antiquities Scheme Staff

Mark Lodwick

Portable Antiquities Finds Co-ordinator: Wales

Mark initially became involved with the museum by assisting in various fieldwork projects after graduating from University of Wales College, Cardiff in 1992. From 1995 his fieldwork focused on the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age study and reference collections, with an interest in the deposition of Bronze Age metalwork. Mark took over the post of Portable Antiquities co-ordinator for Wales in July 2002 with responsibility for the recording of objects of archaeological importance found by members of the public.

Tel: (029) 20573226
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Adminstrative Support Staff

Shanon Deal

Administrative Officer

Shanon completed a BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree in 1999 from Bournemouth University and joined the Department in 2000.  Prior to this she worked on a range of field survey, geophysical and excavation projects in Wales, England, and the Isle of Man.

Shanon is responsible for monitoring the department's financial commitments and performance indicators, as well as maintaining the digital datasets for Amgueddfa Cymru's Geographical Information System and representing the Museum at meetings of the Ordnance Survey Pan-Government Liaison Group (Wales).

She retains her interest in archaeological matters within the department and is the first point of call for many public enquiries.

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