Dr. Seren Griffiths

Lecturer in Archaeology

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JB Firth, JBF111

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



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).

June 2016. Griffiths, S. We’re all culture historians now; radiocarbon revolutions and archaeology. (Radiocarbon and Archaeology; Edinburgh).

April 2016. Griffiths, S., Robinson, E., and Edinborough, K. The 8.2ka event. Evidence for human-environment interaction in north west Atlantic Europe. (Society of American Archaeology; Orlando).

November 2015. Griffiths, S. and Edwards, B. World enough and time
Variability in earliest British Neolithic ‘houses’: implications for social organisation, subsistence, mobility, and archaeological practice (Neolithic Studies Group; London).

August 2015. Griffiths, S., Robinson, E., Edinborough, K, van der Liden, M. The 8.2ka event. Evidence for human-environment interaction in north west Atlantic Europe. (Society of American Archaeology; Orlando).

September 2015. Griffiths, S. The long and the short of it; chronological models as prescriptive approaches in earlier prehistory. (MesoTime; Meso2015; Belgrade).

September 2015. Borić, D., Griffiths, S. et al. Dating boulder artworks and transition to farming at Lepenski Vir: Bayesian statistical modeling. (MesoTime; Meso2015; Belgrade).

February 2015. Griffiths, S. Trackways; traversing environmental change in late Neolithic Ireland and Britain. (Bradford University Archaeology Society Guest Lecture; Bradford).

April 2015 Griffiths, S. et al. The tempo of cultural change in Neolithic Alsace (Society for American Archaeology; San Francisco).

November 2014. Griffiths, S. and B. Gearey. Big data, big stories? Convenient myths and palaeoenvironmental processes. The importance of local evidence in environmental reconstruction (Big Picture: Archaeology, Society, and Environment; Plymouth University).

September 2014. Griffiths, S. Scatter matters. (European Association of Archaeologists; Istanbul).

June 2014. Richards, C., Gee, C. and Griffiths, S. House societies in Neolithic Orkney (Orkney Archaeology Society; Orkney).

May 2014. Griffiths, S. Evidence for the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in England and Wales (Prehistoric Society Europa Conference; Cardiff University).

December 2013. Griffiths, S. and B. Gearey. From perceiving data in the present to perception in the past? (‘Theoretical Archaeology Group’; Bournemouth University).

September 2013. Griffiths, S. and B. Gearey. Myths, legends, patterns, processes and other “…not quite respectable…” thoughts: Conceptualising ‘events’ and ‘processes’ in the palaeoenvironmental and archaeological records (‘Testing Time: new approaches to archaeological chronologies, radiocarbon dating, and 14C data’; European Association of Archaeologists; Pilsen).

February 2013. Griffiths, S. Points in time: Bayesian statistical modelling, the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition and the chronology of rod microliths in Britain (Archaeology and Anthropology Research Seminar Series; University of Bristol).

December 2012. Griffiths, S. Ways of thinking about ‘events’ in the palaeoenvironmental record (‘Theoretical Archaeology Group’; University of Liverpool).

October 2012. Griffiths, S. The chronology of Saxon Stafford Ware: multi-technique Bayesian chronological modelling compared with historically attested events (‘Insights through innovation’; University of Southampton).

October 2012. Griffiths, S. Writing about time (‘Theory and Method in the Prehistoric Archaeology of Central Europe’; Mikulov, Czech Republic).

September 2012. Griffiths, S. Diversity in the very latest Mesolithic of Britain (‘Hunter-Gatherer Responses to Diminishing Resources’; European Association of Archaeologists; Helsinki).

March 2012. Griffiths, S. Points in time. Bayesian statistics and late microlith technology in England (‘Where the Wild Things Are’; University of Durham).