Adrian Chadwick

Research Associate

BA (Sheff), MA (Sheff), PhD (UoW)


Adrian Chadwick joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in August 2013 as a Research Associate. Along with colleagues at the University of Leicester and the British Museum, he is studying the landscape and depositional contexts of Iron Age and Roman coin hoards in Britain, as part of a project entitled 'Crisis or continuity. Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD.' The project involves Professor Colin Haselgrove, Professor David Mattingly and Dr Jeremy Taylor at Leicester; and Dr Roger Bland, Dr Eleanor Ghey and Dr Sam Moorhead at the British Museum. The project is part of wider research investigating the ‘Deposition of Metalwork in the Roman World’.

Adrian Chadwick excavating the defences of the Roman fort at Doncaster (Danum).Adrian graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield in 1990, and completed a part-time MA in Landscape Archaeology at Sheffield in 1999. From 2000 to 2005 he was a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Wales, Newport, until the closure of that department; and he has also been a part-time lecturer at the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield. He completed his part-time PhD with the University of Wales in 2008 – his thesis examined Iron Age and Romano-British field systems, rural settlement, materiality and depositional practices in South and West Yorkshire, and Nottinghamshire. For over 20 years he has worked for British commercial archaeological units, most recently as Senior Project Officer (Research) for AC Archaeology Ltd. He has also worked on research and rescue projects in France, Germany, Iceland, Lebanon and Turkey. He has served as a council member of RESCUE – the British Archaeological Trust, and as Conservation Co-ordinator for the Prehistoric Society. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My research focuses on aspects of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Britain and Europe and landscape archaeology, particularly field systems, rural settlement and upland and coastal communities. I am also interested in depositional and ritualised practices, and identity, embodiment and acculturation. I am also concerned with memory and materiality, and the role of social or collective memory, myth and oral tradition in small-scale societies. In addition, in recent years I have become especially fascinated with the dynamics of human-animal interactions in small-scale communities. My work also engages with the relationships between archaeological theory and practice; as well as practical fieldwork, and contemporary commercial archaeology and heritage management issues.

Conference presentation video

Chadwick, A.M. 2015. Discourses of diversity – hierarchies or heterarchies of settlement and social organisation in later Iron Age and Romano-British rural landscapes. Paper presented at the Bradford Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, December 2015.


Selected Publications

Chadwick, A.M. 2016. ‘The stubborn light of things’. Landscape, relational agencies, and linear earthworks in later prehistoric Britain. European Journal of Archaeology (expected in print March 2016, available online at

Chadwick, A.M. 2016. Foot-fall and hoof-hit. Agencies, movements, and materialities; and later prehistoric and Romano-British trackways. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26 (1): 93-120.

Chadwick, A.M. 2015. Doorways, ditches and dead dogs – material manifestations of practical magic in Iron Age and Roman Britain. In C. Houlbrook and N. Armitage (eds.) The Materiality of Magic: an Artefactual Investigation into Ritual Practices and Popular Beliefs. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 37-64.

Chadwick, A.M. and Gibson, C.D. (eds.) 2013. Memory, Myth, and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation. Oxford: Oxbow.

Chadwick, A.M. 2013. Some fishy things about scales: macro and micro levels of analysis in the study of later prehistoric and Romano-British field systems. Landscapes 14 (1): 13-32.

Chadwick, A.M. 2012. Routine magic, mundane ritual – towards a unified notion of depositional practice. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 31 (3): 283-315.

Chadwick, A.M. and Catchpole, T. 2012. Casting the net wide: mapping and dating fish traps in the Severn Estuary through the Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS). Archaeology in the Severn Estuary 21: 47-80.

Chadwick, A.M. 2010. The Gray Hill Landscape Research Project, Llanfair Discoed, Monmouthshire, Wales. In H. Lewis and S. Semple (eds.) Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology: Papers Presented at Oxford 2003-5. BAR (International Series) S2103. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 94-106.

Chadwick, A.M. (ed.) 2008. Recent Approaches to the Archaeology of Land Allotment. BAR (International Series) S1875. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Chadwick, A.M. 2007. Trackways, hooves and memory-days – human and animal memories and movements around Iron Age and Romano-British rural landscapes. In V. Cummings and R. Johnston (eds.) Prehistoric Journeys. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 131-152.

Chadwick, A.M. (ed.) 2004. Stories from the Landscape: Archaeologies of Inhabitation. BAR (International Series) S1238. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Chadwick, A.M. 2004. ‘Heavier burdens for willing shoulders’? Writing different histories, humanities and social practices for the Romano-British countryside. In  B. Croxford, H. Eckardt, J. Meade and J. Weekes (eds.) TRAC 2003: Proceedings of the 13th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 90-110.

Chadwick, A.M. 2003. Post-processualism, professionalisation and archaeological methodologies. Towards reflective and radical practice. Archaeological Dialogues 10 (1): 97-117.

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