Prof Nancy Edwards

Professor in Archaeology

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Biography

I completed my BA in Archaeology, Ancient and Medieval History at Liverpool University in 1976. I then moved to the University of Durham where I gained a PhD in Archaeology. My thesis was on early medieval sculpture in the Irish Midlands. I was appointed a Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology at Bangor in 1979 and became Professor of Medieval Archaeology in 2008. I was awarded a British Academy Research Leave Fellowship (2006–8) to complete my research on early medieval stone sculpture and inscriptions in Wales. I have also been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford and Clare Hall, Cambridge University. I have been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2015–2018) to write a book on Life in Early Medieval Wales.

  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Areas of Teaching & Supervision

Medieval Archaeology, especially Britain and Ireland AD 400–1100.

N.B. Owing to the award of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, I will not be teaching 2015–2018 but am continuing to take on and supervise research students and would welcome enquiries.

Topics of current and recent research students:

  • The evolution and role of burial practice in Roman Wales
  • The origin and development of Insular geometric letters
  • Aspects of Eucharistic symbolism in early Irish high cross imagery
  • The structure of interlace in insular art c. AD 400–1200
  • Enamelled metalwork in Early Anglo-Saxon England
  • Image and reality in medieval warfare: Wales c.1100–1450
  • Saints’ cults in early medieval Wales
  • Pilgrimage landscapes in early medieval Wales and Ireland
  • The Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis in context

Modules taught:

Undergraduate: An Introduction to Historic Archaeology AD 400–1500; Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art; The Archaeology of Settlement and Economy in Early Medieval Ireland; Warlords and Holy Men: The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales


Postgraduate: Celtic Archaeology MA The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches; Theory and Interpretation in Celtic Archaeology (shared)

  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    A rediscovered piece of early medieval sculpture from Silian, Ceredigion

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N. & Vousden, N., 19 Jun 2015, In : Archaeology in Wales. 53

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    Categorizing Roundhouse Settlements in Wales: A Critical Perspective.

    Edwards, N. M., Ghey, E., Edwards, N. & Johnston, R., 1 Dec 2008, In : Studia Celtica. 42, 1, p. 1-25

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Characterizing the Welsh Roundhouse: chronology, inhabitation and landscape

    Edwards, N. M., Ghey, E., Edwards, N., Johnston, R. & Pope, R., 1 Nov 2007, In : Internet Archaeology. 23

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Early Medieval Settlement and Field Systems at Rhuddgaer, Anglesey

    Hopewell, D. & Edwards, N., Dec 2017, In : Archaeologia Cambrensis. 166

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    Early Medieval Wales: material evidence and identity

    Edwards, N., 31 Dec 2017, In : Studia Celtica. 51

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Published

    Early medieval Wales: a framework for archaeological research.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N., Lane, A., Bapty, I. & Redknap, M., 1 Jan 2005, In : Archaeology in Wales. 45, p. 33-46

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published

    Early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture in Wales: context and function.

    Edwards, N. M. & Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2001, In : Medieval archaeology. 45, p. 15-39

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Edward Lhuyd and the origins of early medieval Celtic archaeology

    Edwards, N., Sep 2007, In : Antiquaries Journal. 87, p. 165-196

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Published

    Edward Lhuyd – an archaeologist’s view

    Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2010, In : Welsh History Review. 25, 1, p. 20-50

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Published

    New discoveries of early medieval carved stones in Wales

    Edwards, N., Jun 2016, In : Archaeologia Cambrensis. 165, p. 187-199

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published

    Protecting carved stones in Scotland and Wales

    Edwards, N. M. & Hall, M. A., 1 Jan 2006, In : Church Archaeology. 7-9, p. 127-129

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. Published

    Rethinking the pillar of Eliseg

    Edwards, N., 22 May 2009, In : Antiquaries Journal. 89, p. 143-177

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Published

    St Cyngar’s Church, Hope.

    Edwards, N. M., Jones, N., Silvester, B. & Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2001, In : Archaeology in Wales. 41, p. 42-50

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    The Pillar of Eliseg, Llantysilio. Incomplete inscribed cross and cairn.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N., Robinson, G., Williams, H. & Evans, D. M., 1 Jan 2011, In : Archaeology in Wales. 50, p. 57-59

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    Vlog to Death: Project Eliseg's Video-Blogging

    Tong, J., Evans, S., Williams, H., Edwards, N. & Robinson, G., 1 May 2015, In : Internet Archaeology. 39

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Published

    Wales and the Britons 350-1064

    Edwards, N., 1 Dec 2014, In : Welsh History Review. 27, 2, p. 368-370

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. Book/Film/Article review › Research › Peer-reviewed
  19. Published

    Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World. Studies in Honour of James Graham-Campbell

    Edwards, N., 1 Nov 2014, In : Medieval archaeology. 58, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  20. Published

    Raising the Dead. Early Aledieval,Yaine Stones in Northumbria

    Edwards, N., 1 Nov 2015, In : Medieval archaeology. 59, 1, p. 340-340

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  21. Chapter › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  22. Published

    Celtic Crosses.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N. & Koch, J. T. (ed.), 1 Jan 2006, Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. 2006 ed. ABC-CLIO Ltd

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  23. Published

    Celtic Saints and early medieval archaeology.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N., Thacker, A. (ed.) & Sharpe, R. (ed.), 1 Jan 2002, Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West. 2002 ed. Oxford University Press, p. 225-265

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  24. Published

    From antiquarians to archaeologists in nineteenth-century Wales: The question of prehistory

    Edwards, N. M., Gould, J., Evans, N. (ed.) & Pryce, H. (ed.), 1 Dec 2013, Writing a Small Nation's Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective: 1850–1950. 2013 ed. Ashgate, p. 143-164

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  25. Published

    Monuments in a landscape, the early medieval sculpture of St David’s.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N., Hamerow, H. (ed.) & MacGregor, A. (ed.), 1 Jan 2001, Image and Power in the Archaeology of Early Medieval Britain: Essays in Honour of Rosemary Camp.. 2001 ed. Oxbow Books, p. 53-77

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  26. Published

    The archaeology of early medieval Ireland, c.400-1169: settlement and economy.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N. & O Cróinín, D. (ed.), 1 Jan 2005, A New History of Ireland: Volume 1 Prehistoric and Early Ireland.. 2005 ed. Clarendon Press, p. 235-300

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  27. Published

    The archaeology of the early medieval celtic churches – an introduction.

    Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2009, The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches. 2009 ed. Routledge, p. 1-18

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  28. Published

    The early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture in south-west Wales: the Irish Sea connection.

    Edwards, N. M., Edwards, N. & Moss, R. (ed.), 1 Jan 2007, Making and Meaning. Proceedings of the 5th International Insular Art Conference: Trinity College Dublin 2005.. 2007 ed. Four Courts Press, p. 184-197

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  29. Published

    The early medieval sculpture of Bangor Fawr yn Arfon.

    Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2006, The Modern Traveller to Our Past: Papers in Honour of Ann Hamlin. Meck, M. (ed.). 2006 ed. DPK, p. 105-111

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  30. Published

    Viking-age sculpture in north-west Wales: welath, power, patronage and the Christian landscape

    Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2011, Tome: Studies in Medieval Celtic history and Law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards. Edmonds, F. & Russell, P. (eds.). 2011 ed. Boydell, p. 73-87

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  31. Chapter › Research › Peer-reviewed
  32. Published

    Christianising the landscape in early medieval Wales: the island of Anglesey

    Edwards, N., 3 Jan 2017, Making Christian Landscapes : Conversion and Consolidation in Early Medieval Europe. Carragáin, T. O. & Turner, S. (eds.). Cork University Press, p. 177-203

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  33. Book › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  34. Published

    A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales. Vol 2.

    Edwards, N. M. & Edwards, N., 1 Jan 2007, University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies Monograph for University of Wales Press, Cardiff.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  35. Published

    A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculptures in Wales: Volume 3 North Wales

    Edwards, N., 15 Apr 2013, 2013 ed. University of Wales Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  36. Published

    Pattern and Purpose in Insular Art. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Insular art.

    Edwards, N. M. (ed.), Redknap, M. (ed.), Edwards, N. (ed.), Youngs, S. (ed.), Lane, A. (ed.) & Knight, J. (ed.), 1 Jan 2002, 2002 ed. Oxbow Books.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  37. Published

    The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches

    Edwards, N. (ed.), 1 Jan 2009, 2009 ed. Routledge. (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monotraphs; vol. 29)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  38. Published

    The Early Medieval Sculpture of Wales: Text, Pattern and Image

    Edwards, N. M. & Edwards, N., 27 Apr 2015, Cambridge University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  39. Book › Research › Peer-reviewed
  40. Published

    Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond: Converting the Isles II

    Edwards, N. (ed.), Flechner, R. (ed.) & Mhaonaigh, M. N. (ed.), 31 Oct 2017, Brepols Publishers. (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook