Dr David Mullin


Associate Lecturer in Archaeology

Geography and Archaeology

Contact Details

email: d.mullin@worc.ac.uk

I am a sessional lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Worcester. I have been contributing to the degree course at the University since 2003, and have a PhD on the Neolithic and Bronze Age of the Anglo-Welsh borderland. I am also an independent archaeological consultant and prehistoric pottery specialist.

My research has been concerned with the Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of the west of Britain and have contributed to the North West Archaeological Research Framework and the South West Archaeological Research Framework, as well as the Stonehenge and Avebury Revised Research Framework. I have an interest in Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery (particularly carinated bowls and Beakers) and have published a number of specialist reports from sites around Britain.

Whilst the Neolithic and Bronze Age form the focus of my research, I am by training a landscape archaeologist and retain an interest in the medieval period, particularly church archaeology and the archaeology of the rural landscape. For the last two years I have been helping to build and fire a replica medieval kiln and I am also a convener of the Worcestershire Historic Graffiti Project.

My research is theoretically informed and focuses on the archaeology of borders and borderlands, but I also have a strong background in fieldwork and co-direct the annual training excavation (with Dr Jodie Lewis). We are both in the process of bringing to publication a number of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites from Somerset, including excavations at three round barrows, a standing stone and two Neolithic enclosures.


  • PhD Archaeology (University of Reading, 2011)
  • MPhil Archaeology (University of Bristol, 2001)
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology (University of Bristol, 2000)


Teaching & Research

Introduction to Heritage (ARCH1102)

The Archaeology and Heritage of the British Landscape (ARCH1103)

Death and Burial (ARCH2122)

Archaeological Field Study (Excavation) (ARCH2123)

Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage (ARCH3121)

Managing the Historic Environment (ARCH3105)


Mullin, D & Lewis, J 2016. Excavations at a cropmark henge at Bredon, Worcestershire. Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, 1-17.

Mullin, D & Lewis, J 2013 An Assemblage Of Ponderous Stones: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork At Stanton Drew Stone Circles Archaeological Journal 69. 87-126.

Mullin, D 2014. A Round Barrow Cemetery in the Severn Vale: Richards Atkinsons excavations of five ring ditches at Netherhills, Frampton on Severn, 1948 and their archaeological context. Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 132, 29-45.

Mullin D 2012. A Landscape of Borders: the prehistory of the Anglo-Welsh borderland. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports British Series.

Mullin, D & Lewis, J 2012. Between the Channel and the Chalk: A Regional Perspective on Grooved Ware and Beaker Pottery from the Mendip Hills, Somerset in Pearce, S (ed) Recent Archaeological Work in South-Western Britain. Papers in honour of Henrietta Quinnell. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 49-59.

Mullin, D & Lewis, J 2012. West of Wessex, but only just: round barrow construction on the Mendip Hills, Somerset in Britnell, W.J and Silvester, B (eds) Reflections on the Past: essays in honour of Frances Lynch Cambrian Archaeological Association.

Mullin, D 2012. The River Has Never Divided Us: Bronze Age metalwork deposition in the west of Britain. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 31(1), 47-57.

Mullin, D, Strid, L & Biddulph, E 2011. A Cattle Burial at Hassocks, West Sussex. Post Medieval Archaeology 45/(2), 366-367.

Mullin, D 2011. Borders and Belonging: exploring the Neolithic of the Anglo-Welsh borderland in Jones, A.M & Kirkham, G (eds) Beyond the core: reflections on regionality in prehistory. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 5-14.

Mullin, D (ed) 2011. Places in Between: The Archaeology of Social, Cultural and Geographical Borders and Borderlands. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Mullin, D 2011. Barrows and Bronzes: the Bronze Age of Mendip in Lewis, J (ed) The Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of change and continuity. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 119-138.

Biddulph, E, Mullin, D and Walsh, K 2011. Cirencester before Corinium: excavations at Kingshill North, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Oxford: OA Occasional Paper.

Lewis, J.P and Mullin, D 2011. New Excavations at Priddy Circle I, Mendip Hills, Somerset. Proceedings of University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 25(2), 133-163.

Mullin, D 2011. Earlier Prehistoric Pottery in Simmonds, A, Wenban-Smith, F, Bates, M, Powell, K, Sykes, D, Devaney, R, Stansbie, D and Score, D Excavations in North-West Kent 2005-2007. One hundred thousand years of human activity in and around the Darent Valley. Oxford: Oxford Archaeology Monograph 11, 107-110.

Mullin, D & Brown, R 2010. A Bronze Age settlement, Roman structures and a field system at Hassocks, West Sussex. Sussex Archaeological Collections 148, 17-46.

Mullin, D & Ixer, R 2010. Middle Bronze Age pottery from Peridswell Park and Ride and DERA, Malvern, Worcestershire: new analysis and interpretation. The Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaeology Society 22, 59-63.

Brown, L and Mullin, D 2010. Prehistoric Pottery in Powell, K, Smith, A and Laws, G Evolution of a Farming Community in the Upper Thames Valley. Excavation of a Prehistoric, Roman and Post-Roman Landscape at Cotswold Community, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Volume 2: The finds and environmental reports. Oxford: Oxford Archaeology Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph No.31, 1-20.

Lewis, J & Mullin, D 2010. Dating the Priddy Circles, Somerset. PAST 64, 4-5.

Mullin, D 2009. Early Neolithic Pottery from Dartford, Kent. PAST 63, 9-10.

Pollard, J., Griffith, F., Healy, F., Jones, A., Lawson, A.J., Lewis, J., Mullin, D., Nowakowski, J., Wickstead, H., Mercer, R. & Woodward, P. 2008. Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age. In C.J. Webster (ed.) The Archaeology of South West England. South West Archaeological Research Framework: resource assessment and research agenda. Taunton: Somerset County Council, 75-102.

Mullin, D 2007. A Bit Close for Comfort: Early Bronze Age Burial in the Cheshire Basin in Last, J (ed) Beyond the Grave: new perspectives on barrows. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 84-91.

Mullin, D 2006. The Aggregate Landscape of Gloucestershire: predicting the archaeological resource. The Archaeologist 61, 44-45.

Mullin, D 2004. Neolithic Axeheads from Cheshire. Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society 79, 15-24

Mullin, D 2004. Evidence of Absence? The Neolithic of the Cheshire Basin in Cummins, V & Fowler, C (eds) The Neolithic of the Irish Sea: Materiality and Traditions of Practice Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Mullin, D 2003. The Bronze Age Landscape of the Northern English Midlands BAR British Series 351.

Mullin, D 2002. The Loachbrook Farm Mound: Neolithic Long Barrow or Cattle Plague Burial Mound? Proceedings of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society 98, 131-137.

Mullin, D 2002. Grimston Ware. Examples of Early Neolithic Pottery from North and East Cheshire. Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, 77, 1-7.

Mullin, D 2001. Remembering, Forgetting and the Invention of Tradition: Burial and Natural Places in the English Early Bronze Age, ANTIQUITY 75, 533-7.

Lewis, J & Mullin, D 2000. The Middle Down Drove Project: Fieldwalking, Test Pitting and Excavation on the Mendip Hills, Somerset 1997-9 Proceedings of University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 22(2), 203-223.