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BA, MA, PhD (University of London, King’s College), Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London


Professor Howell is Professor of Welsh Antiquity and Director of the South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is also Chairman of the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and the Glamorgan Gwent Historic Environment Record Charitable Trust. Formerly Chairman and subsequently President, he is now General Editor of the South Wales Record Society. He is also Archaeology and Art Editor of the international journal Studia Celtica. He was volume Editor of the first two volumes of the five-volume Gwent County History.



Ray Howell, Searching for the Silures, an Iron Age tribe in south-east Wales (The History Press, 2009)
Ray Howell, Searching for the Silures, an Iron Age tribe in south-east Wales (Stroud: Tempus, 2006) [first edition]
Ray Howell with Pollard, J., Chadwick, A. and Leaver, A, Lodge Hill Camp, Caerleon and the Hillforts of Gwent (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, BAR British Series 407, 2006)
Ray Howell with Aldhouse-Green, M., Celtic Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000)
Ray Howell, A History of Gwent (Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer, 1988 reprinted 1989 and 1992)
Ray Howell, The Royal Navy and the Slave Trade (London: Croom Helm, 1987)
Ray Howell, Fedw Villages, a Lower Wye Valley History (Cwmbrân: Village Publishing, 1985).

Major Edited Works

Ray Howell with Griffiths, R. and Hopkins, A., The Gwent County History Vol. 2, The Age of the Marcher Lords, c.1070-1536 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2008)
Ray Howell with Aldhouse-Green, M., The Gwent County History Vol. 1, Gwent in Prehistory and Early History (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004)
Ray Howell, Archaeology and the National Curriculum in Wales (Cardiff: National Museum of Wales, CBA, Cadw, 1994)
Ray Howell, Archaeoleg a’r Cwricwlwm Cenedlaethol yng Ngymru (Caerdydd: Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymry, CBA, Cadw)

Monographs and Teacher’s Guides

Ray Howell, The Romans (Llandeilo: The National Trust, 1991)
Ray Howell, Y Rhufeiniaid (Llandeilo: Yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol, 1991)
Ray Howell, Yr Hen Iaith: a history of the Welsh language in Gwent (Cwmbrân: Gwent County Council, 1989)
Ray Howell, Norman Gwent (Cwmbrân: Gwent County Council, 1988)
Ray Howell, The Kingdom of Gwent (Cwmbrân: Gwent County Council, 1986)

Selected Articles

Ray Howell, ‘Roman Past and Medieval Present: Caerleon as a Focus for Continuity and Conflict in the Middle Ages’ Studia Celtica XLVI (2012), 11-21
Ray Howell, ‘Can we really describe our heritage as Celtic?’, The Western Mail, 2010 (published as a chapter in A New History of Wales (Gomer Press/ History Research Wales, 2011)
Ray Howell, ‘Clan and continuity: developments in Silurian Studies’, Monmouthshire Antiquary, 2011
Ray Howell, “Excavation of a medieval industrial complex in Trelech, Gwent”, Archaeology in Wales, 2008
Ray Howell, ‘Early Christian/Medieval Report: Trelech’, Archaeology in Wales, 2006
Ray Howell, ‘Discovery and Excavation: Trelech’, The Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report, 2006
Ray Howell, ‘The Roads of Trelech: Investigation of the Development of the Medieval Town’, The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 2005
Ray Howell, ‘The excavation of a possible inn/pilgrim’s hospice at Trelech, Gwent’, Archaeology in Wales, 2003 (published 2004)
Ray Howell, ‘Medieval Britain and Ireland: Trelech’, Medieval Archaeology, 2004
Ray Howell, ‘Archaeological investigations at Trelech: the 2003 excavations’ The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 2004
Ray Howell, ‘Trelech: the 2002 excavations’, Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report, 2003
Ray Howell, ‘Research excavations in the decayed medieval town of Trelech’, The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 2003
Ray Howell, ‘Medieval buildings at Church Field West, Trelech: an interim report on excavations, 2001’, Archaeology in Wales, 2002
Ray Howell, “Roman Survival – Welsh Revival: the Evidence of Reuse of Roman Remains’, The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 2001
Ray Howell with Pollard, J., ‘Lodge Wood Camp, Caerleon’, Archaeology in Wales, 2001
Ray Howell, ‘The demolition of the Roman tetrapylon in Caerleon: an erasure of memory?’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 2000
Ray Howell, ‘Development by Design – an investigation of thirteenth century industrialisation and urban growth at Trelech, Gwent’, Studia Celtica, 2000
Ray Howell, Construction of a Sports Centre and associated infrastructure works at the Caerleon campus of University of Wales College Newport 1997-98; an Archaeologcial Watching Brief report, UWCN SCARAB, 1998
Ray Howell, ‘Excavations at Trelech, Gwent, 1991-93: an investigation of a decayed medieval urban settlement’, The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 1995
Ray Howell, ‘A Watching Brief Report on the 1990-91 Bank Street Development, Chepstow’ The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 1993
Ray Howell, ‘Gwent – Bro yr Hen Iaith’ Cymro Llundain, 1988


Ray Howell, ‘Caratacus: of Legends and Legions’ in Heroes and Villains of Wales, myths and realities in Welsh History, Bowen, H.V. (ed), Gwasg Gomer – History Research Wales, 2012.
Ray Howell, ‘We were the Celts who fought the Romans, weren’t we?’ in A New History of Wales, Bowen, H.V. (ed.) (Gwasg Gomer, History Research Wales, 2011)
Ray Howell, ‘The Romans’ in Wales, An Illustrated History, Morgan, P. (ed) (Stroud: Tempus, 2005)
Ray Howell, ‘From the Fifth to the Seventh Century’ in The Gwent County History Vol. 1, Aldhouse-Green, M. and Howell, R. (eds) (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004)
Ray Howell with Pollard, J., ‘The Iron Age: Settlement and Material Culture’ in The Gwent County History Vol. 1, Aldhouse-Green, M. and Howell, R. (eds) (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004)
Ray Howell, ‘Roman Wales’ in A History of Wales, Morgan, P. (ed) (Stroud: Tempus, 2001)
Ray Howell, ‘Ironworking at the Medieval Borough of Trelech, Gwent’ in Iron for Archaeologists: a review of recent work on the archaeology of early ironworking sites in Europe, Crew, P. and Crew, S. (eds) (Snowdonia National Park: conference proceedings, 1995)
Ray Howell, ‘Cloddio am Aur – Mynd am yr Aur’ yn Y Rhufeiniaid gan Jones, D.C. a Jones, G.R. (London: HMSO, 1994)

Works of Reference

Gwyddoniadur Cymru/Encyclopaedia of Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008) – multiple entries


Director/Trustee Torfaen Museum Trust. Other memberships include:
National Education Committee, Council for British Archaeology
Editorial Board – Gwent County History Association, Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association, Studia Celtica
Advisory Panel – Ancient Cwmbrân Project, Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales People’s Collection, Cymdeithas Twmbarlwm
Steering Group – History Research Wales
Board of Trustees – Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust, The Glamorgan Gwent Historic Environment Record Charitable Trust, Torfaen Museum Trust
General Committees – Gwent Joint Records, Gwent Joint Record Office Relocation Working Group, Board of Celtic Studies, Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association, Gwent County History Association
Other – Medieval Settlement Research Group, Severn Estuary Research Group, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Council for British Archaeology Wales, Cambrian Archaeological Association, Caerleon Urban Characterisation Group, Institute for Historical Research (London), Institute of Welsh Affairs, Society for Medieval Archaeology, North American Association of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), London Welsh Association, London Welsh RFC.
Fellow – Society of Antiquaries of London.


Public Engagement Activities and Esteem Indicators

Chairman, South Wales Record Society, 2001-2007
President, South Wales Record Society, 2007-2010
General Editor South Wales Record Society, from 2011
Chairman, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust, from 2007
Editor (archaeology and art) Studia Celtica, an internationally recognised refereed journal, formerly The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies
External Assessor/Moderator for new degree programme at The Art Institute of Florence, Lorenzo de Medici Academy (Florence, Italy), 2008
External Assessor for new degree programmes at University of Wales (NEWI), 1998 and University of Wales (Aberystwyth), 2007
Higher Education Funding Council Assessor (History), 1993-1998
Haskins Society sponsored speaker, Leeds International Medieval Conference, University of Leeds, 2004
Council for British Archaeology Honorary Education Officer for Wales, 1992-2005
Chairman, Management Committee for the South East Wales Young Archaeologist Club Network, 1995-2005
Reviewer for journals including Archaeologia Cambrensis, Archaeology in Wales, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Studia Celtica, the Monmouthshire Antiquarian and Welsh History Review
Reader for publishers including Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, University of Wales Press and the British Archaeological Reports series
Presenter/contributor to programmes including “Time Team, Caerau”, Channel 4 UK (forthcoming 2013), “Time Team, Kenfig”, Channel 4 UK (March 2012); “Is Wales a Celtic Country?” BBC Wales 2011, “Time Team, Llangybi Castle”, Channel 4 UK, 2010; “Celtic Manor”, Radio Wales/S4C (2010); “Y Gaer Caerllion”, S4C (2010); “Y Rhufeiniaid”, co-production S4C and the Discovery Channel (2009); “Y Maer Thomas Phillips”, S4C (2008); “Arddangosfa Tutankhamun”, Radio Cymru (2007); “Siartwyr Casnewydd”, Radio Cymru (2007); “Y Siartwyr”, S4C (2007); “Tywysogion”, S4C (2007); “The Great Pubs of Wales”, HTV (2006); “Wedi Saith”, S4C (various topics, 2005-2010); “Yr Etrwsgiaid”, S4C (2004, S4C digidol 2005); “Hen Ddarganfyddiadau”, S4C (2003, S4C digidol 2004); various contributions relating to the Newport Ship for BBC, S4C, Radio Cymru, Radio Wales, BBC World Service (2002, 2003); “Pompeii Cyntaf”, S4C (2002); “Gwaith Haearn”, HTV/S4C (2002); “Pobl y Glannau”, S4C (2002); “Time Team, The Search for Arthur”, Channel 4 UK (2000); “Hanes Gwent”, Radio Cymru (1998); “Beddau Caerllion”, S4C (1995).
Presenter/Writer/Director of SWCHIR-Institute of Digital Learning co-productions on ‘Newport’s Historic Riverfront’ now embedded in Google Earth and ‘Reclaiming King Arthur, the Legend in the Landscape’ launched in association with the Institute of Welsh Affairs, both 2009. Writer/Director ‘Roman Caerleon’ for the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments in Wales and the National Museum of Wales, 2010. Presenter/Writer/Director ‘Raglan and the Civil War’ in partnership with Monmouthshire County Council (2012).
Member of the Steering Committee, History Research Wales, a collaborative research partnership established in 2009 with support from AHRC, the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Welsh Affairs and the Institute of Historical Research (London). The objective of the partnership is to sustain and develop historical research in Wales at Welsh, UK and international levels.
My article ‘Can we really describe our heritage as Celtic’ (September 2010) was published by the Western Mail for its History of Wales month. The series, which consists of contributions from ‘the leading historians of Wales’, is a cooperative project between the newspaper and History Research Wales. Contributions have been published as a book, A New History of Wales, launched at the Hay Literary Festival in 2011.
Another article, ‘Caratacus and the Resistance to Rome’, published in the Western Mail’s second series, will become a chapter in The New History of Wales, vol. 2, to be published in 2012.
My article in the Western Mail’s third history month series, ‘Lodge Hill, Overlooking Caerleon’ was published in March 2012.
Aelodwr Bwrdd Prosiect Hanesyddiaeth Cymru, the body developing university level history provision through the medium of Welsh.
Aelodwr Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol; aelodwr Pwyllgor y Cangen Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Casnewydd.


Expertise or Interest

Welsh Antiquity including:
The social development of later Roman and sub Roman Britain
Iron Age culture and settlement patterns in southeast Wales
Medieval urban implantation
The archaeology of colonisation
Aspects of tribal continuity in Wales

Grants Awarded

A £10,000 grant from the Charles Williams Educational Trust funded excavation of the Lodge Hill hillfort (see Howell, R. and Pollard, J. 2001. ‘Caerleon, Lodge Wood Camp (ST 323 914)’, Archaeology in Wales, 40; Howell, R. and Pollard, J. 2004. ‘The Iron Age: settlement and material culture’ in M. Aldhouse-Green & R. Howell (eds.) Gwent County History Volume 1, Gwent in prehistory and early history, Cardiff, University of Wales Press and Pollard, J, Howell, R., Chadwick, A., and Leaver, A. 2006. Lodge Hill Camp, Caerleon and the Hillforts of Gwent, Oxford, BAR British Series 407.


I have supervised 12 successful doctoral students, two successful M.Phil students and currently have seven students engaged in Ph.D. research. I am in a position to consider one or two additional research students in relevant study areas.

Degree Examiner Appointments

External D.Phil Examiner: Oxford University, 2005
External Ph.D. Examiner: Bristol University, 2008
External M.Phil Examiner: Swansea University, 2008, 2112

Centre or Group

South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research

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