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Professor Richard Hingley, BA; PhD

Professor in the Department of Archaeology

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My research focuses upon the Roman past and addresses:

1. The archaeology of Britain in the Iron Age and Roman periods. With a particular focus on landscapes, heritage and the Roman frontiers (see current projects 2 and 3).

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 1).

3. The archaeology of the Western Roman Empire, with a particular focus on the landscapes formed by the Frontiers of the Roman Empire.

4. The historiography or studies of imperial Rome and the reception of Roman models in post-Roman contexts, including the uses of texts and visual culture (especially since the Renaissance). This is the focus of much of my published work since 2000 and is a topic that I intend to return to (see current project 4).

Recent and current projects

1) Ancient Identities: Iron Age and Roman Heritages. I direct this major project, which received three years funding from AHRC (June 2016 to November 2019). Ancient Identities includes a team of five colleagues at Durham (Anthropology and Archaeology) and Stirling. This is exploring the variable meanings of Iron Age and Roman heritages across Britain and the European context of ideas derived from these periods of the past. A joint monograph from this project, co-written by the project team, should be completed during 2021 and various outputs are already completed. *Ancient Identities was selected as one of the top 5 insights from the heritage sector by AHRC in April 2019.*

2) Londinium, a biography: Roman London from its origins to the fifth century (Bloomsbury, 2018). This substantial monograph of c. 160,000 words explores the archaeological evidence for Londinium from the Iron Age to the early medieval periods and sets this urban settlement in the province of Britannia in its context. 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. *This book was awarded best book in Classics at the Association of American Publishers PROSE awards in Feburary 2019. I am writing a number of additional papers that explore the Roman archaeology of London.*

3) Conquest of the Ocean, the Roman invasion of Britain (55BC to AD 130). I have recently (April 2021) completed a full draft of a book of 90,000 words 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. It addresses the intermittent process of conquest of the landscapes of Britain and the resistance of local peoples to Roman incursions. This book should be published in 2021-2.

4) Ancient Origins: Celts, Romans and Saxons in Britain, c. 1850 to 1914. I am aiming over the next four years to return to the focus of my earlier research, as outlined in my book Roman Officers and English Gentlemen: the imperial origins of Roman archaeology (2000). The publication of this volume, which addressed the Victorian and Edwardian origins of archaeology in Britain has drawn me into the field of classical reception studies, leading Mary Beard to write a response entitled 'Officers and Gentlemen' in 2013. I am aiming to undertake a major project to explore the early origins of archaeological study and the contributions that those studying ancient origins made to ideas about the ethnology of the peoples of Britain. The includes an assessment of Victorian texts and visual culture.

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

Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

  • Heritage Partnerships
  • Landscapes of Complex Society

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

Research Interests

  • The archaeology of Roman and Iron Age Britain and Spain
  • Heritage, theory and historiography


Authored book

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..

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, R. (2020). Hadrian's Wall: an allegory for British disunity. In Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influences in the construction of British Identities. Kaminsky-Jones, F. & Kaminsky-Jones, R. Oxford University Press. 201-221.
  • 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.

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Indicators of Esteem

  • 2019: Winner of the award for the best Classic book: In February 2019 I won the PROSE award for the best book in Classics in 2019 for my book Londonium: A biography. This is an award made annual by the American Association of Publishers as part of their award which honours scholarly works published in 2018 (see
  • 2015: Member of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Advisory Committee: I have been a member of this Committee since 2008. Since Janaury 2016, I have been Chair of the Archaeological Rsearch Delivery Group (which reports to the Hadrian's Wall Panel). I am also a member of the Conservation Delivery Group.
  • 2015: Member of the HERA International Review Panel for the 'Uses of the Past' JRP: I was selected to serve on the International Review Panel for the HERA JRP on 'uses of the past' in June 2015. This includes 30 academics from the range of disciplnes that deal with the past from across Europe.
  • 2015: Member of the Theoretial Roman Archaeology Advisory Committee : Member of the advisiory committee that oversees this annual conference. I was one of the founder members of the first conference in 1999
  • 2009: Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer-Review College: I served two terms on this panel between 2009 and 2017

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)