Professor Vince Gaffney FSA


Chair in Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics

College of Arts and Law

Photograph of Professor Vince Gaffney

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Professor Vincent Gaffney is Chair in Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics and Director of the Visual and Spatial Technology Centre (VISTA). 


  • BA Archaeology (Reading)
  • PhD Aspects of the Archaeology of Hvar (Reading)


Professor Gaffney received his undergraduate and research degrees from the University of Reading and began his career as Co-Director of the Maddle Farm Project – a landscape survey of the Berkshire Downs. Following a period in museums he undertook research in Croatia and Slovenia and pioneered the application of geographical information systems (GIS) in archaeology. His work on the Adriatic Islands provided the first substantial use of GIS in Europe and this was followed by the Wroxeter Hinterland Project, which received the prestigious Queens Award for Higher Education for its use of novel technology.

More recently his work has included the major GIS and VR digital study of the Stonehenge Landscape, and the world’s largest marine survey project 'Palaeolandscapes of the Southern North Sea'. In 2001 Professor Gaffney was appointed Director of the University’s multidisciplinary Visual and Spatial Technology Centre (VISTA). 


  • Archaeological landscapes
  • British and European Prehistory
  • Archaeological computing
  • Practical archaeology

Postgraduate supervision

  • Any aspect of landscape archaeology in Britain and much of Europe
  • Computer applications in archaeology and particularly the use of Geographic Information Systems


Following postgraduate studies at reading Professor Gaffney has gained an international profile in archaeological and heritage research. His current research projects include mapping the inundated landscapes of the Southern North Sea, agent-based modelling of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the “Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes” Project - where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the largely unmapped world heritage landscape. Other recent 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 received national and international awards for his work including 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.




  • Gaffney V., Fitch S. and Smith D. 2009. Europe's Lost World: the rediscovery of Doggerland. CBA Research Report. No. 160
  • Gaffney V., Thomson K. and Fitch S. (Eds.) 2007. Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea. Archaeopress. Oxford.
  • Gaffney V.L, White R.H.and Goodchild H. 2007. . Wroxeter, the Cornovii and the Urban Process. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 68.
  • Barratt G., Dingwall L., Gaffney V.,Fitch S., Huckerby C. and Maguire T. 2007. Heritage management at Fort Hood, Texas:  Experiments in Historic Landscape Characterisation. 2007. Archaeopress
  • Gaffney V. and Kirigin B. (Eds.) 2006. The Adriatic Islands Project Volume 3.  The Archaeological Heritage of Vis, Bisevo, Svetac, Palagruza and Solta. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1492.
  • Exon, S.,  Gaffney V., Yorston R. And Woodward A. 2001.  Stonehenge Landscapes: Journeys Through Real-And-Imagined Worlds. Archaeopress. Oxford. (CD published 2000).
  •  (Bewley B., Donaghue D., Gaffney V., van Leusen M. and Wise A.. 1999. Archiving Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing Data.  Archaeology Data Service. Oxbow Books. ISBN 1900188 70 8, Text version)

Edited books

  • Davison D., Gaffney V. and Marin E. 2006. Dalmatia: Research in the Roman Province 1970-2001. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1576.
  • Gaffney C. and Gaffney V. (Eds.) 2000. Non-invasive Investigations at Wroxeter at the end of the 20th Century. Archaeological Prospection 7(2). 
  • Dingwall L., Exon S, Gaffney V., Laflin S. and van Leusen M. 1999. Archaeology in the Age of the Internet BAR Int. S750 Paper volume plus CD-ROM. ISBN 0 865054 945 3
  • Chapman, J., J. Bintliff, V. Gaffney and B. Slapsak (Eds.). 1988. Recent Trends in Yugoslav Archaeology. British Archaeological Reports. International Series 431. Oxford.


Papers In Refereed Journals

  • Chapman H., Gaffney V., and Moulden H. (2010) The Eton Myers Collection Virtual Museum International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.
  • Bart Craenen, Georgios Theodoropoulos, Vinoth Suryanarayanan Philip Murgatroyd, Vincent Gaffney, and John Haldon (2010). Medieval Military Logistics: A Case for Distributed Agent-based Simulation. Proceedings of the 3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques ICST (Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering) , Brussels, , Belgium ISBN: 978-963-9799-87-5
  • Gaffney, C., V. Gaffney, R. Cuttler & R. Yorston 2008. Initial Results using GPS Navigation with the Foerster Magnetometer System at the World Heritage Site of Cyrene, Libya. Archaeological Prospection 15: 151-156.
  • Fitch S., Gaffney V. and K. Thomson 2007. In sight of Doggerland: From speculative survey to Landscape Exploration. Internet Archaeology 22. Mesolithic Archaeology
  • Smith, D.N. VL Gaffney, AJ Howard, W Smith, EA Tetlow et al. 2006. Assessing the environment archaeology of the Cetina Valley, Croatia, Environmental Archaeology, 11, 2, 171-186.
  • Fitch S., Thomson and V. Gaffney. 2005. Late Pleistocene and Holocene depositional systems and the palaeogeography of the Dogger Bank, North Sea. Quaternary Research 64, 185-196.
  • Gaffney V., H. Patterson, S. Piro, D. Goodman, Y. Nishimura . 2005. Multimethodological approach to study and characterize Forum Novum (Vescovio, central Italy). Archaeological Prospection. 11, 201–212 (2004)
  • Gaffney, V., Goodman, D., Nishimura, Y. and Piro, S. 2004. Discovery of a 1st century AD Roman amphitheatre and other structures at Forum Novum by GPR. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, March 2004, Vol. 9, Issue 1: 35-41.
  • Murdie R., N. R. Goulty, R. H. White, G. Barratt, N. J. Cassidy, V. Gaffney 2003 Comparison of geophysical techniques for investigating an infilled ditch at Bury Walls hill fort, Shropshire Archaeological Prospection 10(4) 265-276
  • Murdie R., Roger H. White, Glynn Barratt, Vince Gaffney, Neil R. Goulty. 2003 Geophysical surveys of Bury Walls hill fort, Shropshire Archaeological Prospection 10(4) 249-263.
  • Barratt G., Gaffney V., Goodchild H and Wilkes S. 2000 Survey at Wroxeter using carrier phase, differential GPS surveying techniques. Archaeological Prospection 7(2) 133-144.
  • Gaffney C., Gater J.A., Linford P., Gaffney V. and White R. Large-scale systematic fluxgate gradiometry at the Roman City of Wroxeter. 2000 Archaeological Prospection 7(2) 81-100.
  • Buteux S., Gaffney V., White R. and van Leusen M. 2000. Wroxeter Hinterland Project and Geophysical Survey at Wroxeter. Archaeological Prospection 7(2) 69-80.
  • Gaffney C., and Gaffney V. 2000. Non-invasive Investigations t Wroxeter at the end of the 20th Century. Archaeological Prospection 7(2) 65-8.


Other papers in journals

  • Gaffney V., H. Patterson, P. Roberts And S. Piro 2003. Forum Novum-Vescovio: from Roman town to bishop’s seat. Lazio e Sabina.

Contributions to edited works

  • Gaffney V. 2008. In the Kingdom of the Blind: Visualisation and E-Science in Archaeology, the Arts and Humanities M. Greeengrass and L. Hughes (Eds). The Virtual Representation of the Past. 125-135 Ashgate
  • White R. and Gaffney V. 2003. Resolving the paradox: the work of the Wroxeter Hinterland Project. In Wilson P. (Ed.) The Archaeology of Roman Towns: studies in honour of John S. Wacher. Oxbow. Oxford. 221-232.

Other conference papers published

  • Fitch, S., Gaffney V., Gearey B. and Ramsey E.. 2011. Between the Lines – enhancing methodologies for the exploration of extensive, inundated palaeolandscapes. EAC occasional Paper No. 5, 173-205
  • Gaffney C. And Gaffney V. Through an imperfect filter: geophysical techniques and the management of archaeological heritage. EAC occasional Paper No. 5. 117-129.
  • Gaffney V. 2007 Always the Bridesmaid and never the Bride: Archaeology and the E-science agenda. Processings of science. (Lighting teh Blue Touchpaper for UK e-science). 1-5.
  • Gaffney V. et al. 2006. A game of Numbers: rural settlement in Dalmatia and the Central Dalmatian Islands. In Davison D., Gaffney V. and Marin E. 2006. Dalmatia: Research in the Roman Province 1070-2001. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1576.89-106.
  • Gaffney V. 2005. 'Who's in command here? The digital basis of historical, military, logistics', in J.F. Haldon, ed., General issues in the study of medieval logistics: sources, problems, methodologies (Brill: Leiden 2005)
  • Gaffney V., Patterson, H and P. Roberts. 2004. Forum Novum (Vescovio): a new study of the town and Bishopric. In Patterson H. (Ed.) Bridging the Tiber: Approaches to Regional Archaeology in the Middle Tiber Valley. British School in Rome. 237-248.
  • Gaffney V, Cace S., Hayes J., Kirigin B., Leach P. and Vujnovic N. 2002. Secret Histories: the pre-colonial archaeological context for Greek settlement of the Central Adriatic Islands. In Cambi N., Cace S. and Krigin B. (Eds.) Greek Influence along the East Adriatic Coast. Knizenvi Krug Split. 25-44.
  • Gaffney V. and Stancic Z. 2000. GIS-based analysis of the population trends on the island of Brac. In Gillings M., Mattingley D. and van Dalen J. (Eds.) Geographical Information Systems and Landscape Archaeology. Oxbow.
  • Gaffney V. 2000. Is survey enough? Ceramics and the site. In Francovich R. and Patterson H (Eds.). Extracting Meaning from Plough Soil Assemblages. Oxbow.
  • Gaffney V. et al. 2000. The Adriatic Islands Project. In Francovich R. and Patterson H (Eds.). Extracting Meaning from Plough Soil Assemblages. Oxbow.
  • Cace S., Forenbaher S., Gaffney V., Hayes J., Kaiser T., Kirigin B. Leach P., Stancic Z and N. Vuynovic. 2000. The Adriatic Islands Project: monument destruction and protection in the Central Dalmatian Islands. In Layton R., Stone P.G. and Thomas J. (Eds.) Destruction and Conservation of Cultural Property. Routledge. 236-256.
  • Gaffney V., Cace S., Kirigin B., Leach P., and Vujnovic N., with Wardle K and D. 2000. Enclosure and defence: the context of Mycenaean contact within central Dalmatia. In Karageorgis V. and Morris C.E. (Eds.) Defensive Settlements of the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean after c. 1200 B.C. Nicosia. 137-156.

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