Dr Leo Webley

Research Associate, ‘Tracing Networks’ Project

Email: lw218@leicester.ac.uk


Leo Webley completed his PhD research on the social archaeology of the household in Iron Age Denmark (University of Cambridge) in 2002. He then worked in development-led archaeology, first at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and latterly as a Post-excavation Project Manager for Oxford Archaeology. During this time he was involved in the analysis and publication of numerous prehistoric sites in southern Britain. In 2008 he was appointed as a Research Associate at the University of Reading for the project British and Irish prehistory in their European context. He joined the Tracing Networks team at the University of Leicester in October 2012.


Leo’s research interests include the later prehistory of temperate Europe; the archaeology of the household and domestic space; ceramic analysis; and the practices, outcomes and social context of development-led archaeology. He is currently working on the following research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust:

Mint Condition – Coinage and the development of technological, economic and social networks in the Mediterranean and beyond (with Prof. Colin Haselgrove)

This project, which forms part of the wider ‘Tracing Networks’ group of projects, investigates the adoption of coinage during the Iron Age across Mediterranean and temperate Europe. It aims to elucidate the varying social contexts for the early use of coins in different Iron Age communities. This will be approached primarily through examining the archaeological find context of coins from excavated sites.

British and Irish prehistory in their European context (with Prof. Colin Haselgrove, Prof. Richard Bradley and Dr Marc Vander Linden)

This project aims to reassess the relationships between Britain, Ireland and the near Continent from the Neolithic to the late pre-Roman Iron Age, drawing particularly on the results of recent development-led excavations. It also aims to evaluate the ways in which differing research traditions, legislative frameworks and fieldwork techniques across northwest Europe influence our understanding of prehistory.


For 2013 Leo will be the co-ordinator of the third year module Later European Prehistory (AR3067).



Bradley, R., C. Haselgrove, M. Vander Linden and L. Webley forthcoming. The Prehistory of Northwest Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Webley, L. forthcoming. Households and communities, in C. Haselgrove, K. Rebay-Salisbury and P. Wells (eds) The Oxford Handbook to the European Iron Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Haselgrove, C., M. Vander Linden and L. Webley forthcoming. Modern borders and the later prehistory of northwest Europe, in R. Crellin, C. Fowler and R. Tipping (eds) Prehistory without borders. Oxford: Oxbow.

Vander Linden, M. and L. Webley forthcoming. Putting the British Bronze Age back on the map, in B. Roberts (ed.) A Research Agenda for the British Bronze Age. London: British Museum Press.

Brossler, A., F. Brown, E. Guttmann and L. Webley forthcoming. Prehistoric Settlement in the Lower Kennet Valley: Excavations at Reading Green Park (Phase 3) and Moores Farm, Berkshire. Oxford.

Webley, L.,  M. Vander Linden, C. Haselgrove and R. Bradley (eds) 2012. Development-led Archaeology in Northwest Europe. Oxford: Oxbow. [http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/art/european-prehistory/iron-age/development-led-archaeology-in-north-west-europe.html]

Vander Linden, M. and L. Webley 2012. Development-led archaeology in northwest Europe. Frameworks, practices and outcomes, in L. Webley, M. Vander Linden, C. Haselgrove and R. Bradley (eds), Development-led Archaeology in Northwest Europe, 1–8. Oxford: Oxbow.

Allen, T., K. Cramp, H. Lamdin-Whymark, and L. Webley 2010. Castle Hill and its Landscape: Archaeological Investigations at the Wittenhams, Oxfordshire. Oxford. [http://library.thehumanjourney.net/553/1/Castle_Hill_and_it%27s_landscape_Wittenhams.pdfA.pdf]

Bradley, R., C. Haselgrove, M. Vander Linden and L. Webley 2010. British and Irish prehistory in their European context, Lunula Archaeologia Protohistorica 18, 13–15. Brussels.

Webley, L. and J. Hiller 2009. A fen island in the Neolithic and Bronze Age: excavations at North Fen, Sutton, Cambridgeshire, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 98, 11–36.

Brown, L., D. Stansbie and L. Webley 2009. An Iron Age settlement and post-medieval farmstead at Oxley Park West, Milton Keynes, Records of Buckinghamshire 49, 43–72.

Lawrence, S. and L. Webley 2009. The Roman settlement and shrine, in Between Villa and Town. Excavations of a Roman Roadside Settlement and Shrine at Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire (eds S. Lawrence and A. Smith), 47–140. Oxford.

Webley, L. 2008. Iron Age Households: Structure and Practice. Højbjerg: Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab/Aarhus University Press. [http://en.unipress.dk/udgivelser/i/iron-age-households/]

Evans, C. with D. Mackay and L. Webley 2008. Borderlands: The Archaeology of the Addenbrooke’s Environs, South Cambridge. Cambridge.

Poole, K. and L. Webley 2008. Prehistoric activity at Westwood, Broadstairs, Archaeologia Cantiana 128, 75–106.

Webley, L. 2008. Iron Age pottery, in ‘Further investigations at Arbury Camp, Cambridge: the eastern entrance – a monumental architecture’ (C. Evans and M. Knight), Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 97, 14¬–16.

Webley, L. 2007. Using and abandoning roundhouses: a reinterpretation of the evidence from Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age southern England, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 26, 127–44.

Webley, L. 2007. Households and social change in Jutland, 500BC–AD200, in The Later Iron Age in Britain and Beyond (eds C. Haselgrove and T. Moore), 454–67. Oxford: Oxbow.

Webley, L., J. Timby and M. Wilson 2007. Fairfield Park, Stotfold, Bedfordshire: Later Prehistoric Settlement in the Eastern Chilterns, Bedfordshire Archaeology Monograph 8. Oxford. [http://library.thehumanjourney.net/376/1/fairfield.pdf]

Timby, J., R. Brown, A. Hardy, S. Leech, C. Poole and L. Webley 2007. Settlement on the Bedfordshire Claylands: Archaeology along the A421 Great Barford Bypass, Bedfordshire Archaeology Monograph 9. Oxford. [http://library.thehumanjourney.net/493/]

Evans, C., M. Knight and L. Webley 2007. Iron Age settlement and Romanisation on the Isle of Ely, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 96, 41–78.

Webley, L. 2007. Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon activity on the fen hinterland at Parnwell, Peterborough, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 96, 79–114.

Webley, L. 2007. An Iron Age pit alignment and burial at Aspreys, Olney, Records of Buckinghamshire 47, 63–80.

Webley, L. 2005. Evaluation, survey and excavation at Wandlebury Ringwork, Cambridgeshire, 1994-97: Part II, The Iron Age pottery, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 94, 39–45.

Simons, E., J. Phimester, A. Smith and L. Webley 2005. A late medieval inn at the White Hart Hotel, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, Oxoniensia 70, 309–23.

Webley, L. 2003. Iron Age houses and social space, in Re-searching the Iron Age (ed. J. Humphrey), 59–68. Leicester University Monographs.

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