Dr Elizabeth Walker

Contact Details

Dr Elizabeth Walker
Archaeology & Numismatics
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3274

Staff Name

Dr Elizabeth Walker

Job Title

Principal Curator: Collections & Access

Areas of Responsibility:

Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeological collections; Prehistoric stone tools; Archaeological archives; Collections management.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

B.A. (Hons) University of Lancaster; M.Phil. University of Wales, Lampeter; PhD. University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; Associate Member of the Museums Association + Chair of the National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales.

Research Interests

Elizabeth’s research interests are focused on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology of Wales. She has worked on many cave excavations around Wales including Pontnewydd Cave, Denbighshire and Hoyle’s Mouth Cave, Pembrokeshire. She has directed her own excavations in Cathole Cave, Gower. Her expertise in the analysis of assemblages of lithic artefacts has led to her developing a research project to study the early Mesolithic site on Burry Holms, Gower. In addition to this Elizabeth has an interest in the historiography of archaeology and has published work on the history of excavations in caves and is currently researching the history of collecting.


Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Pontnewydd Cave, Hoyle’s Mouth Cave, Cathole Cave, Burry Holms, Historiography, History of collecting.


Selected Publications

Walker, E.A. 2016. The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers of Pembrokeshire. In H. James, M. John and K. Murphy (eds). The Pembrokeshire County History Volume I, 1–54. Haverfordwest: Pembrokeshire County History Trust.

Walker, E.A. 2015. Scratching the surface: new Late Glacial lithic artefacts from south-east Wales. In N. Ashton and C. Harris (eds), No Stone Unturned: papers in honour of Roger Jacobi, 113–125. London, Lithic Studies Society.

Aldhouse-Green, S., Dinnis, R. and Walker, E.A. 2015. The nature of human activity at Cae Gwyn and Ffynnon Beuno caves and the dating of prey and predator presences. In N. Ashton and C. Harris (eds), No Stone Unturned: papers in honour of Roger Jacobi, 77–92. London, Lithic Studies Society.

Smith, G. and Walker, E.A. 2014. Snail Cave rock shelter, North Wales: a new prehistoric site. Archaeologia Cambrensis 163, 99–131.

Walker, E.A., Case, D., Ingrem, C., Jones, J.R. and Mourne, R. 2014. Excavations at Cathole Cave, Gower, Swansea [PDF]. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 26 (2), 131–169.

Schulting, R., Fibiger, L., McLaughlin, R., Macphail, R., Murray, E., Price, C. and Walker, E.A.. 2013. Mesolithic and Neolithic humans remains from Foxhole Cave (Gower, South Wales). The Antiquaries Journal 93, 1–23.

Aldhouse-Green, S., Peterson, R. and Walker, E.A. (eds). 2012. Neanderthals in Wales: Pontnewydd and the Elwy Valley Caves. Oxford: Oxbow Books and National Museum Wales Books.

Walker, E.A. 2012. The history of work at the caves. In S. Aldhouse-Green, R. Peterson and E.A.Walker (eds), Neanderthals in Wales: Pontnewydd and the Elwy Valley Caves, 10–22. Oxford: Oxbow Books and National Museum Wales Books.

Aldhouse-Green, S., Bevins, R.E., Jackson, H., Peterson, R. and Walker, E.A. 2012. Pontnewydd Cave: the characterization, petrology, taphonomy and interpretation of the archaeological finds. In S. Aldhouse-Green, R. Peterson and E.A.Walker (eds), Neanderthals in Wales: Pontnewydd and the Elwy Valley Caves, 231–282. Oxford: Oxbow Books and National Museum Wales Books.

Walker, E.A. 2011. Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. In M. Redknap (ed.),

Discovered in Time
, 8–29. Cardiff: National Museum Wales Books.

Walker, E.A. 2009. Discoveries in Devon: the works of Father John MacEnery and William Pengelly. In R.T. Hosfield, F.F. Wenban-Smith and M.I. Pope (eds). Great Prehistorians: 150 Years of Palaeolithic Research, 1859–2009. Lithics 30, 25–33.

Walker, E.A. 2004. The Mesolithic period: the final hunter – gatherer – fishers of south eastern Wales. In M. Aldhouse-Green and R. Howell (eds), The Gwent County History Volume I, 29–55. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Walker, E.A., Wenban-Smith, F. and Healy, F. (eds). 2004. Lithics in Action: papers from the conference ‘Lithic Studies in the Year 2000’. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

David, A. and Walker, E.A. 2004. Wales during the Mesolithic. In A. Saville (ed.), The Mesolithic of Scotland and its Neighbours, 299–337. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Walker, E.A. 2003. Moving the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Wales into the future. In C.S. Briggs (ed.), Towards a Research Agenda for Wales, 79–89. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Walker, E.A. 2003. The early Mesolithic lithics. In S. Burrow.

Catalogue of the Mesolithic and Neolithic collections in the National Museums & Galleries of Wales
, 10–14. Cardiff: National Museums & Galleries of Wales.

Walker E.A. 2001. Old collections – a new resource? – the history of some english Palaeolithic collections in Cardiff. In S. Milliken and J. Cook (eds.), A Very Remote Period Indeed. Papers on the Palaeolithic presented to Derek Roe, 249–259. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Walker, E.A. (ed.). 2000. Paviland Cave: the curatorial and scientific history of the museum collections. In S. Aldhouse-Green (ed.), Paviland Cave and the ‘Red Lady’, 265–274. Bristol: Western Academic Specialist Press.

Green, S. and Walker, E. 1990. Ice Age Hunters: Neanderthals and early modern hunters in Wales. National Museum of Wales: Cardiff.