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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Professor Richard Hingley, BA; PhD

Professor in the Department of Archaeology

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My research focuses on transforming knowledge of the Roman past, addressing:

  1. The archaeology of Britain in the Iron Age and Roman periods. With a particular focus on landscapes, religion and the Roman frontiers (see current projects 1 and 2).
  2. Post-Colonial and descendant archaeologies, with a particular focus on changing theory and practice in archaeology and heritage for the Iron Age and Roman periods (see current project 3).
  3. The archaeology of the Western Roman Empire, with a particular focus on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire (see current project 4).
  4. Genealogies of ‘Empire’ from classical Rome to the present day, with a current critical focus on the concept of globalisation in the context of neo-liberalism. I have written on this and intend to return to the topic in a few years. 
  5. The historiography or studies of imperial Rome and the reception of Roman models in post-Roman contexts (especially since the Renaissance). This is the focus of much of my recent published work.

 Current projects

  1. Londinium, a biography: Roman London from its origins to the fifth century (Bloomsbury). My substantial monograph was published in August 2018. This explores the archaeological evidence for Londinium from the Iron Age to the early medieval periods and setting this city in the context of the province of Britannia and the empire. This book provides a substantial new assessment that focuses in particular on the transformation of meanings of the landscape through time and the peopling and boundaryscapes of the city.
  2. Conquering Ocean, the Roman conquest of Britain (55BC to AD 130). I am part way through writing a book on the conquest of Britain from Caesar to Hadrian. This seeks to work between several academic oppositions: between studies of the Iron Age and the Roman periods; between works by classists and archaeologists and between traditional historical narrative approaches and post-colonial perspectives. This book should be published in 2020–1. 
  3. Iron Age and Roman Heritages. A major three-year AHRC-funded project focused in Durham (Anthropology and Archaeology), Stirling (Heritage) and UCL (Archaeology) commenced in the summer of 2016. This is exploring the variable meanings of the Iron Age and Roman pasts across Britain and the European context of ideas derived from these periods of the past. A monograph from this project, co-written by the project team, should be completed by 2020.
  4. The Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. This theme builds on previous work that addressed the after-life of Hadrian’s Wall (see R. Hingley 2012, Hadrian’s Wall: a life). I am now pursuing the variable meanings and roles of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire in the context of current discussions about bordering and mobilities across Europe and beyond.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in topics related to the archaeology of Roman and Iron Age Britain and Spain, heritage, theory and historiography. 



Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Hingley, Richard (2020). Egalitarianism in the southern British Iron Age: an 'archaeology of knowledge'. In Alternative iron ages: social theory from archaeological analysis. Cúrras, Brais X. & Sastre, Inés Routledge. 109–126.
  • Hingley, Richard (2018). Images of Rome: Classical Rome and the United Kingdom, 1880 to 1930. In Antigüiedad clásica y naciones modernas en el Viejo y el Nuevo Mundo. Duplá Ansuategui, Antonio, Dell' Elicine, Eleonora & Pérez Mostaza, Jonatan Ediciones Polifemo. 211-226.
  • Hingley, Richard (2017). Introduction: Imperial Limits and the crossing of frontiers. In Roman and Barbarians beyond the Frontiers: Archaeology, Ideology and Identities in the North. Sánchez González, S. & Guglielmi, A. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 1: 1-7.
  • Hingley, Richard (2017). The Romans in Britain: Colonization of an Imperial Frontier. In Frontiers of Colonialism. Beaule, Christine Florida: University Press of Florida. 89-109.
  • Hingley, Richard (2016). Constructing the Nation and Empire: Victorian and Edwardian Images of the Building of Roman Fortifications. In Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the idea of nationalism in the 19th century: case studies. Fögen, Thorsten & Warren, Richard Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. 153-174.
  • Hingley, Richard (2016). Early Studies in Roman Britain: 1610 to 1906. In The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Millett, Martin, Revell, Louise & Moore, Alison Oxford University Press. 3-21.
  • Hingley, Richard (2015). The Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site and Transnational Heritage. In Identity and Heritage: Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World. Biehl, P.F., Comer, D.C., Prescott, C. & Soderland, H.A. Springer. Springer Briefs in Archaeology: 55-64.
  • Hingley, Richard (2015). Working with Descendant Communities in the Study of Roman Britain: Fragments of an Ethnographic Project Design. In Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches. Cipolla, Craig & Howlett Hayes, Katherine University Press of Florida. 161-189.
  • Hingley, Richard (2014). Introduction. In The Edges of the Roman World. Janković, M., Mihajlović, V. & Babić, S. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 1-4.
  • Hingley, Richard (2014). Postcolonial and global Rome: the genealogies of empire [Introduction, Part I.2]. In Globalisation and the Roman World: World History, Connectivity and Material Culture. Pitts, M. & Versluys, M.-J. Cambridge University Press. 32-46.
  • Hingley, Richard (2014). Romanization. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Smith, Claire (Editor-in-chief) Springer. 6373-6380.
  • Hingley, R. (2013). The Living Frontier: The Passing of Time on Hadrian's Wall. In Presenting the Romans: Interpreting the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. Mills, N. Boydell & Brewer. 147-156.
  • Hingley, Richard (2012). "A place that the lover of antiquity will visit with great delight": from Caer Segonte to Calleva Atrebatum. In Silchester and the study of Romano-British Urbanism. Fulford, Michael Journal of Roman Archaeology. Supplementary Series 90: 23-40.
  • Hingley, Richard (2012). Comment: processing the past. In Matters of Scale: Processes and courses of events in the past and the present. Burström, Nanouschka M. & Fahlander, Fredrik PAG. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology 56, 2012: 185-196.
  • Hingley, Richard (2012). Commentary: inheriting Roman Places. In Making Roman Places, past and present. Totten, Darian Marie & Lafrenz Samules, Kathryn Journal of Roman Archaeology. Supplementary Series No. 89: 171-176.
  • Hingley, Richard (2012). Explotation and Assimilation: The Western Roman Empire from Augustus to Trajan. In A Companion to Roman Imperialism. Hoyos, Dexter Brill. History of Warfare, Volum 81: 265-276.
  • Hingley, Richard (2011). Iron Age Knowledge: Pre-Roman Peoples and Myths of Origin. In Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC: crossing the divide. Moore, T. & Armada, X-L. Oxford University Press. 617-637.
  • Hingley, Richard (2011). Rome: Imperial and Local Religions. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. Insoll, Timothy Oxford Oxford University Press. 745-757.
  • Rogers, Adam. & Hingley, Richard. (2010). Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: The Traditions of Imperial Decline. In Classics & Imperialism in the British Empire. Bradley, Mark. Oxford.: Oxford University Press. 189-209.
  • Hingley, Richard. (2010). Tales of the Frontier: diasporas on Hadrian's wall. In Roman Diasporas: Archaeological Approaches to Mobility and Diversity in the Roman Empire. Eckardt, Hella. Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA: Journal of Roman Archaeology. 227-243.
  • Hingley, Richard. (2009). Cultural Diversity and Unity: Empire and Rome. In Material Culture and Social Identities in the Ancient World. Hales, Shelly. & Hodos, Tamar. Cambridge.: Cambridge University Press. 54-75.
  • Hingely, Richard (2009). Foreword. In Pegswood Moor, Morpeth: A later Iron Age and Romano-British Farmstead Settlement. Proctor, Jennifer Pre-Construct Archaeology. vii.
  • Hingley, Richard. (2008). Hadrian's Wall in Theory: Pursuing new agendas. In Understanding Hadrian's Wall papers from a conference held at South Shields, 3rd-5th November, 2006, to mark the publication of the 14th edition of the Handbook of the Roman Wall. Bidwell, Paul. Kendal: Arbeia Society. 25-28.
  • Hingley, Richard. (2008). Romans and Natives in Britain. In Rome and the Barbarians: The birth of a new world. Torino: Skira. 112-115.
  • Hingley, Richard (2007). Francis John Haverfield (1860-1919): Oxford, Roman archaeology and Edwardian imperialism. In Oxford Classics: Teaching and Learning, 1800-2000. Stray, C. London: Duckworth.
  • Willis, S. & Hingley, R. (2007). Roman Finds: Context and Theory. In Roman Finds: Context and Theory. Hingley, R. & Willis, S. Oxford: Oxbow. 2-17.
  • Hingley, R. (2007). The Currency Bars. In Stanway: An Elite Burial site at Camulodunum. Crummy, P., Benfield, S., Crummy, N., Rigby, V. & Shimmin, D. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. 33-6.
  • Hingley, R. (2007). The Roman Landscape of Britain: From Hoskins to today. In Prehistoric and Roman Landscapes: Landscape History after Hoskins. Fleming, A. & Hingley, R. Maclesfield: Windgather. 101-113.
  • Hingley, R. (2006). Defining Community: iron, boundaries and transformation in later prehistoric Britain. In Enclosing the Past. Harding, A., Sievers, S. & Venclova, N. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Monographs. 116-25.
  • Haselgrove, C. & Hingley, R. (2006). Iron Deposition and its significance in pre-Roman Britain. In Les depots metalliques au second age du Fer en Europe temperee. Bataille, Gerard & Guillaumet, Jean-Paul Bibracte: Centre archeologique europeen.
  • Hingley, R. (2005). Iron Age 'currency bars' in Britain: items of exchange in liminal contexts?. In Iron Age Coinage and Ritual Practice. Haselgrove, C. & Wigg-Wolf, D. Mainz am Rhein: Phillipp von Zaberg. Studien zu Fundmunzen der Antike.
  • R. Hingley (2005). Settlement in Britannia. In Unidad y diversidad en el Arco Atlantico en epoca romana. Fernandez Ochoa, C. & Garcia Diaz, P. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. International 1371: 267-78.
  • Hingley, R. (2004). Rural Settlement in Northern Britain. In A Companion to Roman Britain. Todd, M. Oxford: Blackwell. 327-48.
  • Higley, R. & Ingram, H.A.P. (2002). History as an aid to understanding peat bogs. In Understanding the Historic Environment in its Environmental Setting. Smout, T. C. Scottish Cultural Press. 60-87.
  • Hingley, R., & Miles, D. (2002). The human impact on the landscape: agriculture, settlement, industry, infrastructure. In Short Oxford History of the British Isles: The Rome Era. Salway, P. Oxford University Press. 141-72.
  • Hingley, R. (2001). An Imperial Legacy: the contribution of Classical Rome to the Character of the English. In Images of Rome: perceptions of Ancient Rome in Europe and the United States in the modern age. Hingley, R. Portsmouth, R.I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series. 145-66.
  • Hingley, R. (2001). Images of Rome. In Images of Rome: Perceptions of ancient Rome in Europe and the United States in the modern age. Hingley, R. Portsmouth, R. I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology. Supplementary Series No. 44: 7-22.
  • Hingley R (1997). Resistance and domination: social change in Roman Britain. In Dialogues in Roman Imperialism. Mattingly, D. Journal of Roman Archaeology.

Edited book

  • Fleming, A. & Hingley, R. (2007). Prehistoric and Roman Landscapes: Landscape History after Hoskins. Macclesfield: Windgather Press.
  • Hingley, R. & Willis, S. (2007). Roman Finds: Context and Theory. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Hingley, R (2001). Images of Rome: Perceptions of ancient Rome in Europe and the United States of America in the modern age. Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series. Portsmouth, R.I..

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets, and Databases

Journal Article

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Iron Age and Roman Heritage: Exploring ancient Identities in Modern Britain (£305335.14 from AHRC)
  • 2014: Tales of the Frontier: Political Representations and Practices inspired by Hadrian's Wall. Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement (£41097.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • 2011: Completion of the full draft of a monograph entitled "Hadrian's Wall: A life history" (£23819.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • 2007: RECOVERING ROMAN BRITAIN (£18003.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • 2007: TALES OF THE FRONTIER (£198007.08 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • 2006: A ROMAN VILLA & SETTLEMENT AT QUARRY FARM (£72111.92 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2004: GLOBALIZING ROMAN CULTURE (£9865.00 from Arts & Humanities Research Board)