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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

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T: 0191 334 42974


Associate Director (World Heritage): Professor Robin Coningham - view profile

Associate Director: Professor Barbara Ravelhofer - view profile

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details

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.

Author(s) from Durham


This chapter addresses the means through which the southern and eastern parts of the
British Isles were incorporated into the Roman Empire during the first century CE. It
assesses the significance of the value of the concept of colonialism to address this
process of military and cultural annexation. A number of classical authors wrote accounts
of Britannia and many of these texts were rediscovered during the Renaissance of the
sixteenth century, including the influential accounts of Julius Caesar and Tacitus. From the
late sixteenth century, antiquaries also became interested in finding material evidence for
Roman society in Britain, locating the ruins and artefacts that had been left behind
(Hingley 2008). Several centuries of archaeological research has supplemented these
early antiquarian works, providing a detailed understanding of the Roman occupation of
Britannia and the impact of imperial rule upon the indigenous people. There are a number
of recent summaries of the archaeology and historical evidence for Roman Britain
(including Braund 1996; James and Millett [eds]. 2001; Mattingly 2006 and Millett, Moore
and Revel [eds.] forthcoming). This paper provides a brief assessment of a number of
significant themes that relate to the colonial archaeology of the Roman province of
Britannia, including an assessment of the impact, since the mid 1990s, of ‘post-colonial
theory’ upon this field of study (cf. Gardner 2013; Hingley 2014a).

Full Executive Committee

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International Advisory Board

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