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Professor Vincent Gaffney

50th Anniversary Chair

Faculty/Dept/School School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234235


Professor Vincent Gaffney is Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford.  Current research projects include the AHRC Taken at the Flood and Unptath'd Waters project. He continues his research in the Stonehenge Landscape as part of the LBI_ArchPro “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 is also a member of the Avon Riverside project team.

Previous research projects include the ERC-funded Advanced Grant project - "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".   During 2016 he was part of the "Curious Travellers" team which received AHRC funding to crowd-source images for reconstruction of damaged cultural sites. He led the analysis of the Mesolithic pit alignment at Warren Field Crathes, and took part in agent-based modelling of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and he was 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. In 2017 his work at Durrington Walls received "Best Research Project" prize, whilst in 2018 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Awards for services to scientific research


I have a wide range of research interests centred around landscape archaeology and previous and current research projects.  

These include -

  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Inundated marine paleolandscapes
  • Croatian Archaeology
  • British Prehistory 
  • Mediterranean landscape archaeology
  • Digital Humanities

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
30-NOV-15 - 30-NOV-20Principal InvestigatorEurope's Lost Frontiers

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-80: University of Reading - BA
  • 01-JAN-92: University of Reading - PhD

  • Society of Antiquaries of London, Member of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Highways Agency Scientific Advisory Panel for the A303 tunnel,
  • Archaeology Data service,

  • 01-JAN-18: MBE for services to science
  • 01-JAN-17: Research Project of the Year
  • 01-JAN-13: European Archaeological Heritage Prize
  • 01-JAN-96: Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
  • 01-JAN-96: BT Development Award

  • Croatian


TitleGeophysical investigation of the neolithic Calanais landscape (2019)
AuthorsBates, C.R.; Bates, M.; Gaffney, Christopher F.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Raub, T.D.
TitleDurrington walls and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project 2010-2016 (2018)
AuthorsGaffney V.;Neubauer W.;Garwood P.;Gaffney C.;Löcker K.;Bates R.;De Smedt P.;Baldwin E.;Chapman H.;Hinterleitner A.;Wallner M.;Nau E.;Filzwieser R.;Kainz J.;Trausmuth T.;Schneidhofer P.;Zotti G.;Lugmayer A.;Trinks I.;Corkum A.
JournalArchaeological Prospection
TitleStigmergy in comparative settlement choice and palaeoenvironment simulation (2016)
AuthorsCh'ng, E.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Hakvoort, G.
TitleSentinel-1 bathymetry for North Sea palaeolandscape analysis (2016)
AuthorsStewart, C.; Renga, A.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Schiavon, G.
TitleThermal age, cytosine deamination and the veracity of 8,000 year old wheat DNA from sediments (2015)
AuthorsKistler, L.; Smith, O.; Ware, R.; Momber, G.; Bates, R.; Garwood, P.; Fitch, Simon; Pallen, M.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Allaby, R.G.
TitleResponse to Comment on "Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago" (2015)
AuthorsSmith, O.; Momber, G.; Bates, R.; Garwood, P.; Fitch, Simon; Pallen, M.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Allaby, R.G.
TitleSedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago (2015)
AuthorsSmith O.;Momber G.;Bates R.;Garwood P.;Fitch S.;Pallen M.;Gaffney V.;Allaby R.
TitleMy Historic Environment (2014)
AuthorsGaffney, Vincent L.
TitleReconstructing North Sea palaeolandscapes from 3D and high-density 2D seismic data: An overview (2014)
Authorsvan Heteren, S.; Meekes, J.A.C.; Bakker, M.A.J.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Fitch, Simon; Gearey, B.R.; Paap, B.F.
TitleUnveiling the prehistoric landscape at Stonehenge through multi-receiver EMI (2014)
AuthorsDe Smedt, P; Van Meirvenne, M.; Saey, T.; Baldwin, E.; Gaffney, Christopher F.; Gaffney, Vincent L.
TitleTime and a Place: A luni-solar 'time-reckoner' from 8th millennium BC Scotland (2013)
AuthorsGaffney, Vincent L.; Fitch, Simon; Ramsey, E.; Yorston, R.; Ch'ng, E.; Baldwin, E.; Bates, R.; Gaffney, Christopher F.; Ruggles, C.; Sparrow, Thomas; McMillan, A.; Cowley, D.; Fraser, S.; Murray, C.; Murray, H.; Hopla, E.; Howard, A.
DOIGaffney V, Fitch S, Ramsey E, et al (2013) Time and a Place: A luni-solar 'time-reckoner' from 8th millennium BC Scotland. Internet Archaeology 34.
TitleAssessment of the CMD Mini-Explorer, a New Low-frequency Multi-coil Electromagnetic Device, for Archaeological Investigations (2013)
AuthorsBonsall, James P.T.; Fry, Robert J.; Gaffney, Christopher F.; Armit, Ian; Beck, A.; Gaffney, Vincent L.
TitleThe Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project (2012)
AuthorsGaffney C.;Gaffney V.;Neubauer W.;Baldwin E.;Chapman H.;Garwood P.;Moulden H.;Sparrow T.;Bates R.;Löcker K.;Hinterleitner A.;Trinks I.;Nau E.;Zitz T.;Floery S.;Verhoeven G.;Doneus M.
JournalArchaeological Prospection
TitleInitial Results using GPS Navigation with the Foerster Magnetometer System at the World Heritage Site of Cyrene,Libya. (2008)
AuthorsGaffney, Christopher F.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Cuttler, R.; Yorston, R.

TitleFrom sites to landscapes: How computing technology is shaping archaeological practice (2011)
AuthorsCh'ng E.;Chapman H.;Gaffney V.;Murgatroyd P.;Gaffney C.;Neubauer W.

TitleWroxeter, the Cornovii, and the urban process: vol.1 researching the hinterland final report on the Wroxeter Hinterland project 1994-1997 (2007)
AuthorsGaffney, Vincent L.; White, R.H.; Goodchild, H.; Bevan, L.

TitleThe West Coast Palaeolandscape Project (2019)
AuthorsGaffney, Vincent L.; Fitch, Simon
TitleCurious Travellers: Repurposing imagery to manage and interpret threatened monuments, sites and landscapes (2019)
AuthorsAndrew S. Wilson, Vince Gaffney, Chris Gaffney, Eugene Ch'ng, Richard Bates, Gareth Sears, Tom Sparrow, Andrew Murgatroyd, Edward Faber and Robin A.E. Coningham
JournalHeritage Under Pressure - Threats and Solutions. Studies of Agency and Soft Power in the Historic Environment
TitleChapter 3.1 - The West Coast Palaeolandscapes Project (2019)
AuthorsVince Gaffney and Simon Fitch
JournalWales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh Maritime History
PublisherRoyal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
TitleDoggerland and the lost frontiers project (2015–2020) (2017)
AuthorsGaffney V.;Allaby R.;Bates R.;Bates M.;Ch’ng E.;Fitch S.;Garwood P.;Momber G.;Murgatroyd P.;Pallen M.;Ramsey E.;Smith D.;Smith O.
JournalCoastal Research Library
TitleVisualising Space and Movement: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Palace of Diocletian, Split (2013)
AuthorsGaffney V.;Sears G.;Gaffney C.;Schmidt A.;Goodchild H.;Lobb M.;Sparrow T.;Tomcik D.;Kirigin B.;Milosević A.;Barabrić V.
JournalSpringer Series on Cultural Computing

TitleSedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago (2015)
AuthorsSmith, O.; Momber, G.; Bates, R.; Garwood, P.; Fitch, Simon; Pallen, M.; Gaffney, Vincent L.; Allaby, R.G.
TitleThe application of extensive 3D Seismic Reflection Data for the exploration of extensive inundated Palaeolandscapes (2013)
AuthorsFitch, Simon; Gaffney, Vincent L.

Other typeReviews
TitleIn praise of limestone and Dr Branko Kirigin: Landscape and landscape archaeology on the Dalmatian Islands (2017)
AuthorsGaffney V.;Vujnović N.;Hayes J.;Kaiser T.;Forenbaher S.
JournalVjesnik za Arheologiju i Povijest Dalmatinsku

Title Author(s)
BradPhys to BradViz or from archaeological science to heritage science (2016)Gaffney V.;Cuttler R.;Bates R.;Gaffney C.;Ch'Ng E.;Wilson A.
Merging the real with the virtual: Crowd behaviour mining with virtual environments (2016)Ch'Ng E.;Gaffney V.;Garwood P.;Chapman H.;Bates R.;Neubauer W.