Dr. Seren Griffiths

Lecturer in Archaeology

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB107D


Subject Areas: Archaeology

Seren is a prehistorian who specialises in the application of archaeological science techniques. She chiefly specialises in Mesolithic, Neolithic and early Bronze Age archaeology of Europe. She has interests in scientific dating, stable isotopes, environmental archaeology, three dimensional modelling and geophysics. She has active research interests in the practice of public archaeology and commercial archaeology, and she directs two landscape fieldwork projects in Anglesey and Northumberland. 

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

2015-16 Module Tutor for:
History of Archaeological Thought (FZ1206), Neolithic Bronze Age Early Britain and Ireland (FZ2204), Thinking About The Past (FZ2206), and archaeological dissertation projects at Foundation (FZC003) and Undergraduate level (FZ3202). I also ran an archaeological fieldschool which comprised teaching for modules (FZ2201 and FZ3201).

2016-17 Module Tutor for:
Thinking About The Past (FZ2206), Hunter Gatherers Past and Present (FZ2207), Cultural Anthropology In Theory (FZ2211), and archaeological dissertation products at Foundation (FZC003), Undergraduate (FZ3202), and Masters (FZ4003) level.

I also teach on FZC002; FZ1205; FZ1206; FZ2202; FZ4206; FZ4210.

  • MA Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Oxford (2003)
  • MSc Archaeological Science, University of Oxford (2004)
  • PhD Archaeology, Cardiff University (2007-11; awarded no corrections 2012)
  • CIFA
  • HEA

I run two fieldwork projects Bryn Celli Ddu public archaeology landscape project, and Five Years Digging a research project working on the earlier prehistory of Northumberland. More details can be found here www.materialpasts.com



Garrow, D., Griffiths, S., Anderson-Whymark, H., and Sturt, F. 2017. Stepping stones to the Neolithic? Radiocarbon dating the Early Neolithic on islands within the ‘western seaways’ of Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society.

Griffiths, S. 2016. Chapter 10. Beside the ocean of time: a chronology of Neolithic burial monuments and houses in Orkney. In C. Richards and R. Jones (eds) The development of Neolithic house societies in Orkney. Oxford; Windgatherer.

Griffiths, S., F. Sturt , J. Dix, B. Gearey, and M. Grant; 2015. Subtidal peats, chronologies and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction: towards models of complex Holocene palaeoenvironments from submerged sample sites, a case study from Hinkley Point. Journal of Archaeological Science 54, 237–53.

Griffiths, S. 2014. Points in time: the chronology of rod microliths. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33.3, 221–43. 


April 2017. Griffiths, S. We’re all culture historians now; radiocarbon revolutions and archaeology. (Society of American Archaeology; Vancouver).

November 2016. Griffiths, S. Landscapes revisited: recent work on multiperiod prehistoric sites in Anglesey and Northumberland. (Bournemouth University; Bournemouth).

November 2016. Griffiths, S. A cereal problem. (Neolithic Studies Group; London).

October 2016. Griffiths, S. The last hunter gatherers. (The Royal Archaeological Institute annual conference; Carlisle).

September 2016. Griffiths, S. Public archaeology in practice. (Manchester Metropolitan University Research Seminar; Manchester).

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Seren has produced a video about her research and her visiting lectureship at Australia National University, Canberra in April 2018 where she delivered the biannual Golson Lecture.