The School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences uniquely integrates Archaeological Sciences, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Archaeology and Forensic Sciences to further the study of people, their society and their environments in the present and the past. Our approach is profoundly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, bridging the sciences and the humanities.
This vision is promoted through the school's specialist groups including the Biological Anthropology Research Centre, the Stable Isotope Centre and Bradford Visualisation, the university centre where archaeologists and forensic scientists use the latest technologies to capture, image, analyse and disseminate every aspect of archaeological activity. From digital objects to landscapes, geophysics, GIS and the creation of virtual environments, Together the School promotes provides new ways to see and understand our past, present and future and uses leading research to inform teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology
Professor Vincent Gaffney is Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford and PI on the ERC Advanced Grant project "Lost Frontiers" - mapping the inundated landscapes of the Southern North Sea (https://www.facebook.com/LostFrontiersProject/).
Other recent research projects include the analysis of the Mesolithic pit alignment at Warren Field Crathes, agent-based model of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the Ludwig Botlzmann Institute "Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes" Project where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the landscape from an extensive programme of geophysical survey of the largely unmapped landscape.
He is a Co_PI on the EPSRC Gravity Gradient Project providing imaging for novel gravity sensor development. Previous fieldwork has included a major project investigating Roman Wroxeter, survey of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split, the wetland landscape of the river Cetina (Croatia), fieldwork in Italy centred on the Roman town at Forum Novum, historic landscape characterisation at Fort Hood (Texas) and internet mapping of the Mundo Maya region.
Professor Gaffney has wider interests in knowledge exchange and co-PI’d the ERDF/AWM-funded Visual and Imaging Network for the West Midlands industrial region.
Professor Gaffney has received national and international awards for his work including the 2013 European Archaeological Heritage Prize awarded by the European Association of Archaeologists and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. His work on inundated marine landscapes received the 2007 award for Heritage Presentation at the British Association for the Advancement of Science. His book "Europe's Lost World" was awarded the "Best Publication" prize at the British Archaeological Awards in 2010. The UK Institute of Field Archaeologists has also recently selected the project as one of the best of the past decade and RCUK selected as one of 100 groundbreaking UK research projects as part of its "Big Ideas for the Future" publication. He was recently nominated as the 2016 "£Archaeologist of the Year" by Current Archaeology.