Catriona Gibson MA, PhD


Research Fellow, Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone



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Postal address:


Catriona Gibson,
University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies,
National Library of Wales,
SY23 3HH


Catriona Gibson joined the Centre in April 2009 as a Research Fellow on the project ‘Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone’ . Her first degree was in prehistoric archaeology at Edinburgh University and she undertook her doctoral research on the later Bronze Age in western Iberia at the University of Reading. Catriona has combined commercial and academic archaeology for the last fifteen years and until taking on this post, was a Senior Project Officer for one of the leading archaeological companies in Britain. Her interests lie in British, western and central Mediterranean prehistory, from the later Neolithic onwards, and most of the excavations she has co-ordinated were prehistoric sites, including Bronze Age settlements, Iron Age hillforts and complex multi-period ritual, burial and domestic sites. She has an active interest in the Near East and has been involved in a number of Neolithic and Chalcolithic excavations in Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, including co-directing the excavations at the West Mound of Çatalhöyük, a Chalcolithic tell site in southern Turkey.

Selected Publications:

forthcoming, ‘Pottery in Motion: The Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic pottery assemblages from the Konya Plain’, in D. Baird (ed.) The Konya Plain Survey Project , Turkey 1994–2000 (Council for British Research in the Levant. COBL Monograph).

forthcoming, ‘The Chalcolithic pottery from Tell esh-Shuna, Jordan’, in a monograph on Tell esh-Shuna North , ed. D. Baird and G. Philip.

forthcoming, ‘A Middle Saxon Site in Thetford, Norfolk’. Submitted to Monograph on Thetford, EAA Volume.

forthcoming, with C. Cessford and J. Last, ‘Central Anatolia in 6000 BC: dating Çatalhöyük West’. Submitted to Radiocarbon .

‘Iron Age and Pictish activity at Wemyss Caves, East Fife’, Fife and Tayside Archaeological Journal , 7 (2007), 165–82.

‘Minerva: A bi-ritual Early Saxon cemetery in Alwalton, Cambridgeshire’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History , 14 (2007), 238–350.

‘Timing Death and Deposition: Burials, Hoards and Bronze Age Chronology in western Iberia’, in C. Burgess, F. Lynch and P. Topping (eds.), Beyond Stonehenge. Essays on the Bronze Age in honour of Colin Burgess (Oxford:Oxbow, 2007).

(with S. Knight) ‘A Middle Iron Age Settlement at Weston Down Cottages, Hampshire’, Proceedings of Hampshire Field Club , 62(2007), 5–36.

(with J. Last) ‘Exchange and Art: Ceramics and Society in the Early Chalcolithic of Central Anatolia’, in A. Gibson (ed.), Prehistoric Pottery: Some Recent Research , PCRG Occasional Paper 5, BAR S1509 (Archaeopress, 2006), pp. 39–50.

‘The Iron Age and Roman Site of Viables Two (Jays Close), Basingstoke’, Proceedings of Hampshire Field Club , 59 (2004), 1–30.

Lines in the Sand: Middle to Late Bronze Age Settlement at Game Farm, Brandon (East Anglian Archaeology Papers 19, 2004).

‘A Roman settlement at Eynesbury, Cambridgeshire’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society , XCIV (2004), 21–38.

(with C. Butterworth) ‘Neolithic pits and a Bronze Age Field System at Middle Farm, Dorchester’, Dorset Proceedings , 126 (2004), 15–25.

‘An Anglo-Saxon Settlement at Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire’, in D. Griffiths, A. Reynolds, and S. Semple (eds . ), Boundaries in Early Medieval Britain: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History , 12 (2003), 137–217.

‘The Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Settlement at Stone, Former Nurses’ Home, Bucks’, Records of Buckinghamshire , 27 (2001).

‘The Ghost of a Hiatus?: The Later Bronze Age in western Iberia’, in Vítor Oliveira Jorge (ed.), Actas do 3°Congresso de Arqueología Peninsular: Vol. IV. Pré-historía recente da Península Ibérica (2000), 183–212.

Sherds, Swords, Settlements, Sailing and Stelae: The Later Bronze Age of Western Iberia. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of Reading, 2000.

(with C. Burgess and V. Correia) ‘Hillforts, Oppida and Vitrification in the Évora Area, Central Portugal’, in Paul Frodsham, Peter Topping and DaveCowley (eds.), We were always chasing time’: Papers presented to Keith Blood , Northern Archaeology , 17/18 (1999).

‘Plain Sailing? Later Bronze Age Western Iberia at the Cross-roads of the Atlantic and Mediterranean’, in J. Henderson (ed.), The Prehistory and Early History of Atlantic Europe , Proceedings of the 4th European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden 23rd–27th September 1998, BAR International Series 861 (Oxford, 1999), 73–98.

(with V. Correia and C. Burgess) ‘Alto do Castelinho da Serra. A Preliminary Report on the excavations at the Late Bronze Age to Medieval site’, Journal of Iberian Archaeology , 0 (1998), 189–244.

Review of The Origins of Complex Societies in late prehistoric Iberia , Antiquity , 70, no. 268 (1996), 478–80.

(with D. Baird, G. Philip, P. Croft, M. Judd, and D. Rowan), ‘Preliminary Report on the Third (1993) Season of Excavations at Tell esh-Shuna North, Jordan’, Levant , XXVI (1994), 111–33.