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Anna-Elyse Young Young

Anna-Elyse Young Young

Graduate Demonstrator

School of History, Archaeology and Religion


I am a PhD researcher in archaeology working on lithic assemblages from the terminal Mesolithic into the pre-monumental Neolithic in coastal and riverine southern Wales and southern England. My research interests encompass lithic analysis, artefact studies and public engagement.

- BA Archaeology, First Class Honours, Cardiff University 2012- 2015
- MA Archaeology, Distinction, Cardiff University 2016-2017
- PhD Archaeology, Cardiff University 2021 - Present 

Scholarships Awarded:
- 2012: Eliahou Danger Scholarship
- 2016: Cardiff University Master's Excellence Scholarship
- 2021: SHARE Ursula Henriques Scholarship Fund

Grants Awarded
- 2022: Cyril Fox Memorial Fund
- 2023: Cyril Fox Memorial Fund



Research Interests:
- British Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition
- Lithic tool technology
- Prehistory
- Public/Community archaeology and engagement

Papers Given: 
'Looking through a lithic lens: Utilising the presence and morphology of lithic tools as a proxy for an understanding of the nature of the Neolithisation of southern England and southern Wales.' 
(August 2021, The Lithic Studies Society's Festival of Lithics)

'Tool Tales: a flint-focused narrative of the terminal Mesolithic and pre-monumental Neolithic in southern Britain'
(February 2023, SHARE Seminar Series) 

Posters Given: 
Looking Through a Lithic Lens: British Neolithisation and Flint Tools'
(May 2022, Breaking Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference for Postgraduate


Looking Through a Lithic Lens: technological continuity and change during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition of southern Britain

My PhD research focuses on utilising the lithic record during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition as a proxy for understanding the nature of the Neolithisation of coastal areas of southern England and southern Wales, encompassing both secondary lithic data and primary analysis of lithic assemblages. The data produced will help provide conclusions about how lithic technologies changed during the British Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. These conclusions will then be compared and contrasted to the identified existing models of Neolithisation. My thesis is being supervised by Professor Niall Sharples and Dr Steve Mills with support from Ian Dennis.


Seminar Tutor
- The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present 
- Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage

- Discovering Archaeology (Harris Matrix)
- Analysing Archaeology (Flint tools)

Undergraduate Fieldwork Trench Supervisor:
- Caermead (2021)
- Trelai Park (2022)
- Trelai Park (2023) 
- Llantwit Major (2023) 


Niall Sharples

Niall Sharples

Professor of Archaeology

Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills

Senior Lecturer in IT Applications (Study Leave 2022/3 (Semester 2))

Research themes


  • Lithic Technology
  • British Prehistory
  • Outreach