Dr Duncan Wright

Academic Staff & Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Duncan is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, specialising in interdisciplinary studies of settlement, landscape and conflict. His work typically integrates documentary and topographic sources with archaeological evidence to reconstruct the evolution of sites and landscapes during the medieval period in particular. Duncan’s early medieval interests focus on the development of kingship, and the changing role of metalworkers detectable through the study of elite settlement complexes. He has also utilised the evidence from currently occupied settlements to trace the origins and development of the landscape, demonstrating the way in which royal and ecclesiastical authorities established their economic and ideological power.

After studying an MA in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York, Duncan worked as a Heritage Consultant for Wessex Archaeology before undertaking a doctorate at the University of Exeter. Following completion of his PhD, he worked on the University of Exeter research project Anarchy? War and Status in Twelfth-century Landscapes of Conflict. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the project was the first to utilise the full range of archaeological evidence to study the effect of the anarchy of King Stephen’s reign upon England’s landscape, and sheds new light on the conflict and its consequences for medieval society. In addition to his role at BGU, Duncan is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Exeter and Reviews Editor for the Society for Church Archaeology.



Duncan teaches archaeology elements of the undergraduate programme in History and Archaeology, as well as Masters programmes in Community Archaeology and Heritage Education.


Wright, D. W.2015: Middle Saxon Settlement and Society, Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology

Creighton, O.H. and Wright, D. W. (in prep): The Anarchy: Conflict and Landscape in 12th-Century England, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Wright, D. W. and Creighton, O.H. (in prep): Castles, Churches and Settlement: Surveying the Archaeology of Twelfth-century England, Archaeopress


Wright, D. W. 2010: ‘Restructuring the 8th-century Landscape: Planned Settlements, Estates and Minsters in Pre-Viking England’, Church Archaeology 14, 15-26

Wright, D. W. 2010: ‘Tasting Misery Among Snakes: The Situation of Smiths in Anglo-Saxon Settlements’, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 20, 131-136

Wright, D. W. 2015: ‘Early Medieval Settlement and Social Power: The Middle Saxon ‘Home Farm’, Medieval Archaeology 59, 24-46

Wright, D.W. 2015: ‘Shaping Rural Settlements: The Early Medieval Inheritance of the English Village’, Landscapes 16 (ii), 1-21

Wright, D. W. 2015: ‘The Church and the Land: Settlement and Economy in Early Medieval England’ in J. Sanchez Pardo, and M. Shapland (eds) Churches and Social Power in Early Medieval Europe, Brepols, 216-228

Wright, D.W., Creighton, O.H., Trick, S. and Fradley, M. 2015: ‘Fieldwork in Conflict Landscapes: Surveying the Archaeology of the Anarchy’, Medieval Archaeology 59, 313-319

Wright, D. W., Fradley, M. and Creighton, O. 2015: ‘The Ringwork at Cam’s Hill, near Malmesbury: Archaeological Investigation and Landscape Assessment’, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 108, 33-46

Wright, D. W. forthcoming: ‘Castle Carlton, Lincolnshire: The Origins and Development of a Castle and Medieval New Town’, Medieval Settlement Research

Wright, D. W. Creighton, O.H., Fradley, M. and Trick, S. forthcoming: ‘Ritual, Power and Conflict on the Fen-edge: Burwell Castle in Context’ Landscape History

Wright, D.W. and Fradley, M. forthcoming: ‘Decoding an Elite Landscape: Power and Patronage at Hailes, Gloucestershire’ Church Archaeology

Wright, D. W. and Creighton, O. H. in prep: ‘The Choreography of Conflict: Staging Warfare in Medieval Europe’


Williamson, T. Environment, Society and Landscape in Early Medieval England: Time and Topography in Cambridge Archaeology Journal 24 (2014), 563-564

Gittos, H. Liturgy, Architecture, and Sacred Places in Anglo-Saxon England, in Church Archaeology 16 (2012), 95-96

S. Wrathmell (ed.) Wharram: A Study of Settlement on the Yorkshire Wolds XIII- A History of Wharram Percy and its Neighbours, in The Archaeological Journal 169 (2012), 585-586

Flatman, J. Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways, in The Archaeological Journal 169 (2012), 589

Hamerow, H., Hinton, D.A., and Crawford, S The Oxford Handbook of Anglo- Saxon Archaeology, in Church Archaeology 15 (2011), 65-67

Ó Carragáin, T. Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory, in Church Archaeology 14, 86-87

Articles by Dr Duncan Wright