Prof Vincent Gaffney

PositionAnniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology
LocationK15, Richmond building
Department or DivisionSchool of Archaeological Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234235
EmailV.Gaffney@bradford.ac.uk
Twitter@gaffney_v
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Research Interests (key words only)

Landscape Archaeology, Archaeological GIS, Prehistoric Archaeology, Croatian Archaeology, Roman Archaeology

PhD Supervision

Landscape Archaeology, Archaeological GIS, Prehistoric Archaeology, Croatian Archaeology, Roman Archaeology

Biography

Professor Vincent Gaffney is Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford and PI on the European Research Council, Advanced Research Grant project "Europe's Lost Frontiers: exploring climate change, settlement and colonisation of the submerged landscapes of the North Sea basin using ancient DNA, seismic mapping and complex systems modelling (2015-20)".

Recent research projects include the analysis of the Mesolithic pit alignment at Warren Field Crathes, mapping the inundated landscapes of the Southern North Sea, agent-based model of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the Ludwig Botlzmann Institute "Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes" Project where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the landscape from an extensive programme of geophysical survey of the largely unmapped landscape.

He was a Co_PI on the EPSRC Gravity Gradient Project providing imaging for novel gravity sensor development. Other fieldwork has included a major project investigating Roman Wroxeter, survey of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split, the wetland landscape of the river Cetina (Croatia), fieldwork in Italy centred on the Roman town at Forum Novum, historic landscape characterisation at Fort Hood (Texas) and internet mapping of the Mundo Maya region. Professor Gaffney has wider interests in knowledge exchange and co-PI’d the ERDF/AWM-funded Visual and Imaging Network for the West Midlands industrial region.

Professor Gaffney has received national and international awards for his work including the 2013 European Archaeological Heritage Prize awarded by the European Association of Archaeologists and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. His work on inundated marine landscapes received the 2007 award for Heritage Presentation at the British Association for the Advancement of Science. His book "Europe's Lost World" was awarded the "Best Publication" prize at the British Archaeological Awards in 2010. The UK Institute of Field Archaeologists has also recently selected the project as one of the best of the past decade and RCUK selected as one of 100 groundbreaking UK research projects as part of its "Big Ideas for the Future" publication.

Study History

BA Archaeology (Reading) 1980

PhD Archaeology (Reading) 1992

Professional Activities

Member of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Member of the Croatian Archaeology Society

Research Areas

Archaeological Landscapes, British Prehistory, Croatian Archaeology, Archaeological GIS and Remote Sensing

Current Projects

  • Europe’s Lost Frontiers: exploring climate change, settlement and colonisation of the submerged landscapes of the North Sea basin using ancient DNA, seismic mapping and complex systems modelling
  • The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute "Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes" Project
  • The EPSRC Gravity Gradient (GG-TOP) Project
  • The Adriatic Islands Project
  • The Medieval Warfare on the Grid Project

Research Collaborations

  • Medieval warfare - Princeton
  • Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project - The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology/Classics Ancient History and Archaeology (Birmingham)
  • Europe’s Lost Frontiers - Life Sciences (warwick)/Classics Ancient History and Archaeology (Birmingham)/Earth Sciences (St Andrews)/Archaeology (Lampeter)

Publications

  • Gaffney V. et al. 2016. Sentinel-1 Bathymetry for North Sea Palaeolandscape Analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37:3, 471-491, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1129563
  • Gaffney V. et al. 2015. Combining EMI and GPR for non-invasive soil sensing at the Stonehenge World Heritage Site: the reconstruction of a WW1 practice trench. European Journal of Soil Science 66(1)
  • Smith, O., Momber, G., Bates, R., Garwood, P., Fitch, S., Pallen, M., Gaffney, V. & Allaby, R.G. 2015. Response to comment on "Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago". Science. Science 349, 247; DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2062
  • Smith, O., Momber, G., Bates, R., Garwood, P., Fitch, S., Pallen, M., Gaffney, V. & Allaby, R.G. In Review. Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site provides evidence of wheat in the British Isles 8000 years before present. Science. 27 February 2015 Vol 347 Issue 6225 DOI: 10.1126/science.1261278
  • De Smedt, P., Van Meirvenne, M., Saey, T., Baldwin, E., Gaffney, C. and Gaffney, V., 2014, Unveiling the prehistoric landscape at Stonehenge through multi-receiver EMI, Journal Of Archaeological Science, 50, 16-23. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.06.020 )
  • Gaffney V. 2014 My Historic Environment. The Historic Environment 5(1). 89-92
  • van S., Heteren, Meekes JAC., Bakker MAJ., Gaffney V., Fitch S., Gearey B., Paap BF. (2014). Reconstructing North Sea Palaeolandscapes from 3D and high-density 2D seismic data: An overview. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 1-12

In the News/Media

DNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago

Stonehenge

North Sea

Warren Field

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