Research Group: Classical and historical archaeology

Classical and historical archaeology is a key focus of Archaeology at Southampton.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

Within our general interest in questions of social and cultural change, we are currently exploring specific issues such as the structure and organisation Roman Empire, and broader areas such as the origins of capitalism, colonialism, social power, material culture and identity, architecture, urbanism and built space.

In Classical archaeology we are currently engaged in a number of large scale field projects, including work in Etruscan and Roman Italy, in Crete, in Roman Egypt, Spain and East Africa, and through analyses of Roman trade through material culture science. We make innovative use of emerging scientific technologies alongside our social focus, including technologies of field survey, materials analysis and digital representation.

Our work in medieval and historical archaeology has an interdisciplinary flavour, and our recent work has both consolidated a range of themes and set new agendas for research. The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture also brings together scholars from across Humanities. As ever, the social forms the bedrock of our engagements with archaeology. Specifically in the contexts of material culture, architecture, landscape and food.

Roman buildings

Roman buildings


Members of staff associated with this group:

Research projects

Research projects associated with this group:

Minaret of Jam archaeological project - Dormant

Roman towns in the Tiber Valley

Preliminary investigations at El Gandul, Seville Province, Andalucia (Cuidades Romanas project) - Dormant

Emergence of European communities project - Dormant

Identity and the life course in Islamic Écija

Kravel project: The survey and recording of an early sixteenth century wreck in the Baltic

Guernsey medieval wrecks project

Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological Project

Humanities: communities

Quseir al-Qadim project - Dormant

St Laurence's Chapel - Bradford-on-Avon

Noviodunum archaeological project - Dormant

The survey of Hisn al-Bab, Aswan, Egypt

WG Hoskins and the making of landscape archaeology - Dormant

Langstone Harbour project - Dormant

The Three Valleys survey project, Hampshire - Dormant

Beaulieu river project - Dormant

Age and gender in the roman empire

Landscape archaeology of Hayton, East Yorkshire - Dormant

Krogen project - Dormant

Adulis - a port on the Red Sea, Eritrea - Dormant

Public architecture in Roman Britain - Dormant

Isle of Wight medieval landscape project

The Spina survey project

NEVIS heritage project

Insula dell’Ara Coeli and the western slopes of the Capitoline

Peñaflor - Dormant

Pompeii Project: Urban development in Pompeii: a case study of Insula 9 of Regio I

Urban connectivity project - Dormant

North Kharga Oasis survey

Purbeck project - Dormant

Saxon fish weirs in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex - Dormant

The survey of Tell Tinnis, Manzala, Egypt

Geophysical and topographic surveying at Falerii Novi, Lazio

Biological identity in ancient Egypt

Roman shipwrecks project - Dormant

Mons Porphyrites - Dormant