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Prof Richard Hingley, BA; PhD

Professor in the Department of Archaeology

(email at richard.hingley@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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

  1. The archaeology of Britain in the Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval periods. With a particular focus on landscapes, religion and the Roman frontiers (see current project 1).
  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 2)
  3. The archaeology of the Western Roman Empire, with a particular focus on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire (see current project 3).
  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.
  5. The historiography or studies of imperial Rome and the reception of Roman models in post-Roman contexts (especially since the Renaissance.

 Current projects

  1. A biography of Roman London. I am in the final stages of completing a substantial monograph, looking at 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 seeks to provide 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. Iron Age and Roman Heritages. A major three-year AHRC-funded project focused in Durham (Anthropology and Archaeology) and UCL (Archaeology) commences 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.
  3. 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. 

Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

Research Interests

  • Empire
  • Heritage management - theoretical and practical aspect
  • History of the development of Roman archaeology
  • Post colonial theory and colonial archaeology
  • Roman imperialism and provincial archaeology in the Western Roman
  • Sustainabilty and historic landscapes

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Member of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Advisory Committee: I have been a member of this Committee since 2008
  • 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
  • 2012: Academic advisory committee for the Edges of the World Conference: I was a member of the academic advisory committee for the first of these biannual conferences in Serbia in 2012 and wrote an introduction for the published volume.
  • 2009: Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer-Review College: I have served on this panel since 2009 and remain an active member (2005)

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • 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..

Journal Article

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Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 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)