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North East Research Group

A research group of the Department of Archaeology.

The immensely rich archaeology of the North of England is the basis for several Departmental research projects of international significance. We also maximise the research potential of archaeological fieldwork carried out in a commercial context, notably by Archaeological Services, the Department’s commercial arm.
What makes the archaeology of the region so special? At its heart are two World Heritage Sites (Durham Cathedral and Hadrian’s Wall) and a third candidate, the twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, home of the Anglo-Saxon historian Bede. At an earlier period, Durham was close to the Roman frontier and our focus on Roman archaeology in the region centres on major excavations at Binchester Roman fort, and on ongoing studies of Hadrian’s Wall including the recent Tales from the Frontier project. Older still is the important corpus of prehistoric rock art, one of the richest within Britain, complemented by the impressive suite of prehistoric monuments including the important Neolithic ritual enclosure at Marne Barracks, Catterick (North Yorkshire).
The Department’s strong engagement in early medieval Northumbria is marked by continuing interest in Wearmouth and Jarrow and by new excavations at the Bamburgh Bowl-Hole Anglian Cemetery. The Department is also home to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, with forthcoming volumes on West Yorkshire and Lancashire. The later medieval period is represented by studies of the Durham cathedral complex and the archaeology of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Durham Archaeology seeks to involve local communities in these projects wherever possible, and the Binchester excavations, for example, are jointly organized with Durham County Council.

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Edited book

  • Petts, D & Turner, S (2012). Early Medieval Northumbria: Kingdoms and Communities AD450-1100. Brepols.
  • Lewis, H. & Semple, S. J. (2010). Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology. BAR International Series 2103. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Carver, M.O.H., Sanmark, A. & Semple, S.J. (2010). Signals of Belief. Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited. Oxford: Oxbow.

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Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Sanmark, A. & Semple, S. J. (2009). tingsplatsen vid anundshog. Popular Arkeologi 4: 13-14.

Chapter in book

  • Graves, C. P. (2018). Chapter Five: “Curst Dunbar” and Durham. In Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the stories of the Scottish Soldiers from the Battle of Dunbar. Gerrard, C. M., Graves, C. P., Millard, A. R., Annis, R. G. & Caffell, A. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Petts, D & Turner, S (2012). Introduction: Northumbrian Communities. In Early medieval Northumbria: Kingdoms and Communities AD450-1100. Petts, D & Turner, S Brepols. 1-14.
  • 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). "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). 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 (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.
  • Hewitt, Richard, Brightman, James, Mason, David, Petts, David, Radford, Sally, Vyner, Blaise & Waddington, Clive (2011). . In An Archaeological Assessment of County Durham: The Aggregate Producing Areas. Durham County Council; Archaeological Research Services.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Petts, D. (2009). Variation in the British burial rite: AD400-700. In Mortuary Practices and social identities in the Middle Ages. Sayer, Duncan & Williams, Howard Exeter: University of Exeter Press. 207-221.
  • Hingely, Richard (2009). Foreword. In Pegswood Moor, Morpeth: A later Iron Age and Romano-British Farmstead Settlement. Proctor, Jennifer Pre-Construct Archaeology. vii.
  • McOmish, J.M. & Petts, D. (2008). Fey Field, Whithorn: Excavations by David Pollock and Amanda Clarke. In The Archaeology of York Web Series. York: York Archaeological Trust.
  • 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.

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