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Dr Gareth Dean
Associate Lecturer in Conservation



Dr Gareth Dean is an Associate Lecturer in Conservation with 20 years professional experience in the heritage sector working in commercial archaeology throughout England.

His first degree was in Archaeology at King Alfred’s College, now the University of Winchester, followed by an MA in Field Archaeology at the University of York. After several years working in archaeology, Gareth returned to York to do a PhD that researched the use of above and below ground archaeology to explore concepts of neighbourhood and the built environment in the medieval city of York.


Gareth began his career as an excavator, working on a range of archaeological projects from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to excavations at Norwich Cathedral. A move to Yorkshire to work on the A1 upgrade at Ferrybridge led to a job with York Archaeological Trust. Working as an archaeologist in York led to the development of interests in the built environment and the issues associated with the conservation and reuse of the city’s many historic buildings.

Following his PhD research, Gareth worked as a postdoctoral researcher for Queen’s University Belfast on the AHRC funded ‘City Witness; Place and Perspective in medieval Swansea’. After this project, Gareth taught buildings archaeology at the University of Hull, and as a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham lecturing in a diverse range of topics associated with medieval archaeology, buildings archaeology, fieldwork, heritage and legislation.

More recently he has been working with Professor Dawn Hadley and John Moreland on the archaeological archives of Sheffield Castle.



Gareth’s research explores the multifunctional uses of urban timber framed buildings and the interaction between below ground archaeology and standing buildings to inform our understanding of the built environment in the past. More broadly, he is interested in the use of GIS to draw together published and unpublished excavation data with evidence for standing buildings, historical and cartographic sources to explore the social and physical development of the medieval urban environment. He is also interested in how changing approaches to heritage enable local communities to identify elements of the built environment with local significance, such as red telephone boxes.



Selected publications


Dean, G. 2008. Medieval York History Press: Stroud

Book Chapters

Dean, G. 2018.  ‘Urban Infrastructure’ in C. Gerrard and A. Gutiérrez (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology Oxford:Oxford University Press. pp. 340-351

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 and Present London: Routledge pp. 54-64

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

Contact details

Dr Gareth Dean
Associate Lecturer in Conservation
Exhibition Square
YO10 5DD