Dr Andrew Hoaen

Lecturer in Archaeology & Heritage Studies

Geography, Archaeology and the Environment

Contact Details

email: a.hoaen@worc.ac.uk

I am an archaeologist and environmental historian specialising in pollen analysis, surveys of ancient and veteran trees and the Later prehistory of the Uplands of Britain. My main research interests are how people interact with modify and are modified by their environments over short and long time scales.

Most recently I have been conducting research in collaboration with the Worcester Wildlife Trust, Worcestershire Council, National Trust and the Forestry Commission into the archaeology of Nature reserves, wilds and trees through a series of collaborative projects since 2013. I have presented papers on these topics at both national and international conferences. I have also published several papers in peer reviewed journals on these topics. I have also been commissioned to contribute book chapters and articles in national magazines.

In 2017 I received Heritage Lottery Funding for a five-year project to study veteran trees in the Forest of Dean, this project has successfully mapped the ancient hollywood at Speech House. The next phase of this project is to examine and map evidence of oak regeneration within the Forest of Dean, which may contribute to the ongoing debate around the Vera hypothesis in forestry, and historical ecology.

I have also been conducting research into well-being and heritage, especially in regard to former WW2 hospital sites in Worcestershire at the Devils Spittleful nature reserve and the St. Wulstans nature reserve in Worcestershire. This work has been published in a ground breaking volume of Well-being and heritage edited by Timothy Darvill.

I am also interested in alternative heritages and how marginalised and disadvantaged communities experience heritage.


PhD Archaeology (Edinburgh 2000)

BSc (Hons), Archaeological Science, (Bradford 1993)


Teaching & Research


ARCH1101 Introduction to Archaeology   
ARCH2125 DNA, Dating, Isotopes Archaeological Science in Context  ARCH2101 Archaeological Theory and Research Methods     
ARCH3002 Independent study

Member of the Sustainable Environments Research Group: Sustainable Environments Research Group


2019 The environmental history and archaeology of nature reserves. Article commissioned by Conservation Land Management magazine. Winter 2019, Vol. 17 no.4. pp. 5-11

2019 Landscapes of Mental Health: The archaeology of St. Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve, Malven, England (w/ R. Ruffle and H. Loney). In T. Darvill (ed.) Historic landscapes and mental well being. Archaeopress. pp. 228-242 Accepted 2018. (open access)

2019 Environment and the senses. Chapter for the Routledge volume A Handbook of Sensory Archaeology. (Eds. R. Skeates and J. Day). pp. 164-178 2019        Wildness: Conceptualising the wild in contemporary environmental archaeology, Internet Archaeology 53. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.53.3 (open access)

2019 Wildness: Conceptualising the wild in contemporary environmental archaeology, Internet Archaeology 53. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.53.3 (open access)

2013 Landesque Capital and the development of the British uplands in later prehistory: investigating the accretion of cairns, cairnfields and ancient agricultural landscapes, A. Hoaen and H. Loney. In C. Gibson and A. Chadwick (eds) Memory, Myth, Place and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation, pp 124-145. Celtic Studies Publications XVI, J. T. Koch (ser. ed.). Oxford, Oxbow Books

2007 Cairnfields: understanding economic and ecological practice during the Bronze Age of Central Britain, in Cherry, P. (eds) Studies in Northern Prehistory: Essays in memory of Clare Fell. Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Antiquarian Society. pp. 177-198 w/ H. Loney

2007 Contributions to the North West Region Archaeological Research Framework Volume II: Research Agenda and Strategy, edited by M. Brennand, English Heritage/ALGAO

2007 Contributions to the North West Region Archaeological Research Framework Volume I: Resource Assessment, edited by M. Brennand, English Heritage/ALGAO

2006 “The Precautionary Principle” Archaeological site recovery and management in light of recent work on prehistoric settlement in upland Cumbria in The International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management 2 pp.150-154. w/ H. Loney

2006 Landscape memory and material culture: Interpreting diversity in the Iron Age. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 71 pp.361-378 w/H. L. Loney

2000 Soil pollen analysis at Balnuaran of Clava in The good stones: a new investigation of the Clava Cairns. ed. R. Bradley. PSAS. Monograph series. p. 96-113

2000 A preliminary investigation into the use of fungal spores as anthropogenic indicators on Shetland in People as an agent of environmental change.  1995 AEA conference proceedings. w/G. C. Coles

1997 Crift Farm: The Archaeology and Metallurgy of a Medieaval Tin Smelting Site, in The Archaeology of Mining, conference proceedings, the Historic Metallurgy Society. w/J. McDonnell, H. L. Loney

Papers in regional peer reviewed journals 

2010 Excavations of Iron Age and Roman Iron Age Levels at a Settlement in Glencoyne Park, Ullswater, Cumbria. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. Vol X: 93-102 w/H. L. Loney 

2005 Glencairn Community Forest survey. Discovery and Excavation Scotland. 6. 432005 Marchfield Rounall Archaeological Evaluation. Discovery and Excavation Scotland 6, 43

2004 Memory and persistence in later prehistoric Lake District, Cumbria: evidence of selective settlement and site development. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Antiquarian Society w/H. L. Loney 

2003 “Later prehistoric settlement in Matterdale and Hutton parishes: recent survey results” in Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Antiquarian Society, w/H. L. Loney2003 “Glencoyne Park: a prehistoric landscape” in Archaeology North, w/ H.L.Loney 

2000 “Excavations at Baldhowend Farm NY396 226.”, in Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Antiquarian Society w/H.L. Loney

1999 Notes on recent research on Iron Age settlement in the Lake District, Cumbria’” Bulletin of Glasgow Archaeology Society, w/H.L. Loney

1998 “Matterdale valley survey project: Interim report of first season.” Matterdale historical and archaeological society newsletter. w/H.L. Loney. pp. 20-26.1995. “Crift Farm Project, Second Interim Report”, in Journal of the Trevithick Society, no. 22: 50-57. w/J.McDonnell, H.L.Loney.

Conference papers

December 2019 “Garbology” and the archaeology of industry: Field walking in the hinterlands of Royal Worcester Porcelain. Theoretical Archaeological Group conference. UCL. London.

December 2019 No future: From MSC schemes to Master of Science courses. Theoretical Archaeological Group conference. UCL. London.

September 2019 The Hollywood at Speech House, Forest of Dean. Tree Archaeology 2. ECONET conference. Sheffield Hallam University.

May 2019 People in the wild: theories and perspectives from archaeology. Opportunities and Issues in re-Wilding. ECONET conference. Sheffield Hallam University.

May 2018 A right royal forest: Woodland history and Archaeology in the Forest of Dean. Investigating Tree Archaeology. ECONET conference. Sheffield Hallam University.

December 2017 Environment, Nature, Nurture: The site of St. Wulstan’s Hospital. Theoretical Archaeological Group conference. Cardiff.

September 2017 Alt-heritage: Hippies, squatters, ravers after the Police and Criminal Justice Act 1984, 1994 and the Public Order act 1986. European Association of Archaeologists conference Maastricht.

May 2017 Veteran Trees, Meadows and commons at the Forest of Dean. Poster Presentation, EcoNet conference. Sheffield Hallam University.

April 2017 Environmental humanities, contemporary Archaeology and modern climate change. Archaeological research at Cambridge Conference. University of Cambridge

August 2016  Engaging the senses in the wider world. Contemporary Archaeology and Environmental Archaeology. Fourth International Landscape Archaeology Conference. University of Uppsala.

April 2016 Hidden Heritage of Veteran Trees. Hidden Heritage conference, Dorchester. 

December 2015 Myth, materiality and mental health. Theoretical Archaeological Group conference. University of Bradford. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEpZOUhB1H8

December 2015 Conceptualising the Wild in Environmental Archaeology. Theoretical Archaeological Group conference. University of Bradford.

October 2015 The Devil’s Spittleful Archaeology of a wild place. ISE seminar series, University of Worcester.

September 2015 Wild times in wild Places: The Devil’s Spittleful Archaeology of a wild place. European Association of Archaeologists annual conference. University of Glasgow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eME3IdlsP7I

November 2014 The Archaeology of the Borrowdale Yews. Poster Presentation at the Association of Environmental Archaeology conference. University of Plymouth.

November 2014 Devils Spittleful and Rifle Range. From War to Wildness. Presentation to the Worcester Archaeology Dayschool. Worcester County Council. University of Worcester.

August 2014  Material culture of the Late Iron Age and Roman period:finds from Baldhowend and Glencoyne Park, Cumbria. Current approaches to British and Irish Prehistory: A Liverpool Symposium. University of Liverpool.

April 2014 Sites of Scientific interest or ancient monuments? An environmental archaeological approach to woodlands. ISE seminar series, University of Worcester.

March 2012 Material Culture in the Margins: comparing Roman and Roman-Iron Age sites in the military zone of North West England, Theoretical Roman Archaeology Group, Poster Presentation, Frankfurt Germany, with Helen Loney and Jennifer Peacock

November 2011 Living in the land:memorializing social and agricultural capital in Upland Northern England and Scotland. Bronze Age Forum, University of Cardiff. w/H. L. Loney