Mark Redknap

Contact Details

Dr Mark Redknap
Archaeology & Numismatics
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3223

Staff Name

Dr Mark Redknap

Job Title

Head of Collections & Research (History and Archaeology)

Areas of Responsibility:

Strategic direction and development of departmental research and collections; early medieval, medieval & later archaeological collections; early medieval and later treasure cases; early medieval and medieval archaeology.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

B.A. (Hons) Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology, University of London); PhD Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology, London); Commissioner (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 2008 - 2018); Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (since 1986); former editor of Medieval Ceramics and Medieval & Later Pottery in Wales; former Council Member, Medieval Archaeology Society; former council member, Post-Medieval Archaeology Society; Committee member, Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites (1996-2006); member, Nautical Archaeology Society; member, Medieval Pottery Research Group; Cathedral Archaeologist, Llandaff Cathedral (current).

Research Interests

Recent research focus on early medieval and medieval Wales, in particular the archaeology and material culture of the early medieval fortified settlements of Llangorse crannog (Powys) and Llanbedrgoch (Anglesey). Also cataloguing and researching the archaeological evidence for specific classes of artefact, including early medieval weapons, pilgrim badges and souvenirs in Wales, early medieval and medieval jewellery and metalwork, medieval Llys Rhosyr (Anglesey) and World Cultures archaeological collections. Specialisms include ceramics (AD 400-1550); medieval boats and maritime archaeology; medieval & post-medieval artefacts. 


Early medieval, medieval, maritime, ships, guns, metalwork, inscribed stones, stone sculpture, ivories, jewellery, pilgrim badges, ampullae, ceramics, Egyptian collections, Greek collections, late Roman, Frankish, Carolingian, crannogs, Vikings, treasure.

Selected Publications

M. Redknap 2019. Maritime Archaeology and Wales: some cross-disciplinary currents. Presidential Address delivered at the 165th Annual Summer Meeting at Llandrindod Wells of the Cambrian Archaeological Association. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 168, 1-33.

M. Redknap, S. Rees & A. Aberg (edited) 2019. Wales and the Sea. 10,000 Years of Welsh Maritime History (Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales/Y Lolfa, Aberystwyth).

M. Redknap. 2016. 'Defining identities in Viking age north Wales: new data from Llanbedrgoch'. In V. E. Turner, O. A. Owen and D. J. Waugh (eds), Shetland in the Viking World. Papers from the Proceedings of the Seventeenth Viking Congress Lerwick, 159-166.

R. Madgwick, M. Redknap & B. Davies 2016. Illuminating Lesser Garth Cave, Cardiff: the human remains and post-Roman archaeology in context. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 165, 201-229.

Redknap, M. 2014. Ivories from medieval Wales: contexts and afterlives. Sculpture Journal, 23.1, 65-80.

Redknap, M. 2012. Ring Rattle and Swift Steeds: equestrian equipment from early Wales. In A. Reynolds and L. Webster (eds), Early Medieval Art and Archaeology of the Northern World. A Festschrift in honour of James Graham-Campbell (Brill, Leiden).  

Redknap, M. 2011. A tale of lost knights: thirteenth-century military effigies in Tintern Abbey. The Monmouthshire Antiquary 27, 57-79.

Redknap, M. (edited) 2011.

Discovered in Time. Treasures from Early Wales
(National Museum Wales, Cardiff)

Redknap, M. 2010. Tripod ewers from medieval households: some thoughts on new discoveries. In Koen de Groote, Dries Tys and Marnix Pieters (eds), Exchanging Medieval Material Culture. Studies on Archaeology and History presented to Frans Verhaeghe [PDF], Relicta Monografieën 4 (Vlaams Institut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed and Vrije Universiteit Brussel), 155-176.

Redknap, M. 2009. Silver and Commerce in Viking-age Wales. In J. Graham-Campbell and R. Philpott (eds), The Huxley Viking Hoard. Scandinavian Settlement in the North West (National Museums Liverpool), 29-41.

Redknap, M. 2009. Glitter in the Dragon’s Lair: Irish and Anglo-Saxon Metalwork from pre-Viking Wales, c. 400-850. In J. Graham-Campbell and M. Ryan (eds), Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings, Proceedings of the British Academy 157 (OUP), 281-309.

Redknap, M. 2009. Early medieval metalwork and Christianity: a Welsh perspective. In N. Edwards (ed.), The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches. Medieval Archaeology Society Monograph 29/Society for Church Archaeology Monograph 1, 351-73.

Redknap, M. and Browne, D. 2008. Early Medieval Wales, in P. Wakelin and Ralph A. Griffiths (eds), Hidden Histories. Discovering the Heritage of Wales. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Aberystwyth, 94-101 (and individual entries pp. 104-5, 110-111, 114-115.)

Redknap, M. 2006. Lake dwellings in Wales: reflections on legends, historical events and archaeology. In A. Hafner, U. Niffeler and U. Ruoff (Hrsg.), Die Neue Sicht. Unterwasserarchäologie und Geshichtsbild/ ,Une Nouvelle Interprétation de L’histoire. L’apport de l’archéologie subaquatique, Antiqua 40, Akten des 2. Internationalen Kongresses für Unterwasserarchäologie, Rüschlikon bei Zürich, 21-24 Oktober 2004, 88-91.

Redknap, M. 2006. Viking-age settlement in Wales: some recent advances. Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 12 (new series), 5-35.

Redknap, M. 2005. Ornament and jewellery, Religious items, Recreations: games and gaming, Boatswain’s calls. In J. Gardiner (ed.), Before the Mast: Life and Death Aboard the Mary Rose, The Archaeology of the Mary Rose Vol. 4, 113-127, 133-140, 284-92.

Redknap, M. 2000.

Vikings in Wales; an Archaeological Quest
(2000; winner of ‘Archaeological Book of the Year’ British Archaeological Awards 2002).

Redknap, M. 1999. ‘Die römischen und mittelalterlichen Töpfereien in Mayen, Kreis Mayen-Koblenz’ [PDF], Berichte zur Archäologie an Mittelrhein und Mosel 6, 11-401.

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