Prof Nancy Edwards

Professor in Archaeology


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)