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Dr Rob Webley


Areas of interest

  • Early-medieval, medieval and post-medieval archaeology
  • Medieval material culture, especially religious and equestrian metal artefacts
  • Archaeological research using material recorded through metal-detecting
  • Continental connections, as examined through small finds
  • Archaeologies of status

Research projects

The Medieval Ritual Landscape (MeRit) 


Rob developed his expertise in medieval metal artefacts through various roles with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). As well as acting as Finds Liaison Officer for a number of counties from 2006 onwards (Hampshire, Somerset, Devon), he was a Project Officer on ‘PASt Explorers’ between 2014 and 2019, training PAS volunteers. His PhD examined metalwork across the period traditionally divided by the Norman Conquest, and most recently he was a PDRA on the University of Exeter’s ‘Warhorse’ project.

Academic qualifications

BA, Durham University

MA, PhD University of York


Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Finds Research Group committee
  • Editor of Somerset Archaeology and Natural History

Selected publications

Webley, R. (2022) New adventures in 11th-century horse equipment. In: Boughton and Hawkins (eds.) Back in the Bag: Essays exploring artefacts in honour of David Wynn Williams, Woking. pp. 79-89. ISBN: 9781912331208

Prosser, L. and Webley, R. (2021) Two medieval pilgrim badges attributed to St Margaret, Queen of Scotland. Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 27. pp. 45-56. ISSN: 2632-2420

Thuaudet, O. with Webley, R. (2019) Interrogating the Diffusion of Metal Artefacts: A Case Study of a Type of Medieval Copper-Alloy Buckle. Medieval Archaeology, 63(2). pp. 375-402. ISSN: 0076-6097 | doi:



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