Gareth Dean

Gareth Dean

Research Associate on the Castlegate Archives Project

BA (King Alfred's College, Winchester)

MA, PhD (University of York)

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Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House
10 – 16 Regent Street
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom


I am a researcher in medieval archaeology, with a PhD from the University of York which was part of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with York Archaeological Trust entitled ‘Possessions, Consumption and Choice’. My doctoral research explored the changing social and physical character of streets to provide insights into medieval neighbourhoods in York from c.600-1600.
Following my PHD, I was one of the post-doctoral researchers for the AHRC funded 'City Witness: Place and Perspective in medieval Swansea' ( Most recently I was a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham lecturing in a diverse range of topics associated with medieval archaeology (c.500-1600) as well as buildings archaeology, fieldwork, heritage and project management skills. I supervised undergraduate dissertations ranging from medieval churches, Viking religious symbology to Anglo Saxon elite residences and monasteries.
I graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology from King Alfred’s College (now the University of Winchester) in 1999, and with an MA in Field Archaeology from the University of York in 2000. I am an associate member of the Higher Education Academy having completed the University of York’s Preparing Future Academics course. Prior to my academic career, from 1999 I worked as a professional archaeologist in the UK and from 2003-2013 I worked for York Archaeological Trust. I have also undertaken freelance work within the commercial sector.

Professional Roles

Member Society of Medieval Archaeology
Associate member of the Higher Education Academy


I have active research interests in medieval towns focusing on the interdisciplinary integration of a broad range of evidence to question the character and use of urban space, drawing on approaches developed by historians, archaeologists and historical geographers to explore their symbolic and social meanings, to see the medieval city as a landscape which is shaped and shapes the people who lived and worked there but also visited them.

Research Themes

Medieval archaeology
medieval society
buildings archaeology
archaeological practice
GIS (especially for the study of deeply stratified urban archaeological sequences).


Dean, G. 2008. Medieval York History Press: Stroud
Book Chapters
Dean, G. 2016. ‘Space for Neighbourhood: social identity and the built environment in medieval York’ in S.Griffiths and A. von Lünen (eds.) Spatial Cultures: Towards a New Social Morphology of Cities Past andPresent London: Routledge pp. 54-64
Dean, G. (forthcoming) ‘Urban Infrastructure’ in C. Gerrard and A. Gutiérrez (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology Oxford:Oxford University Press
Journal Articles
Lilley, K. and Dean, G. 2015. ‘A silent witness? Recovering the landscapes of medieval towns through spatial technologies and material culture’ in Journal of Medieval History. Vol 41(3). pp. 273-291
Dean, G. 2012. ‘GIS, Archaeology and Neighbourhood Assemblages in Medieval York’ in Postclassical Archaeologies 2 pp. 7-30
Marter, P. and McConnell, R. with contributions from Dean, G. 1999. 'Preparations for War: World War II civil defence in the City of Winchester' in Proceedings of the Hampshire Archaeological Field Club 54, pp. 146-63
Book Reviews
Dean, G. 2016. Review of Hall. R ‘Anglo-Scandinavian Occupation at 16–22 Coppergate: Defining a Townscape’ Archaeological Journal pp. 381-382
Dean, G. 2015. Review of Palliser, D. Medieval York for The Antiquaries Journal. Volume 95 pp. 391-392
Dean, G. 2005. Review of Page, P. ( 'Barentin's Manor: Excavations of the Moated Manor at Harding's Field, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire 1976-9' in The Archaeological Journal 162, pp. 350