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Mr Dominic Barker BA


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Mr Dominic Barker is a Technician in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from Southampton with a degree in archaeology in 1989. From 1990 until 2001, I worked for a number of commercial archaeological units throughout the country. I have developed skills such as topographical survey, geophysical survey, desk-based assessment, extensive evaluations, standing building survey and post excavation analysis. I have extensive excavation experience on a variety of different sites including deeply stratified, urban excavations and extensive rural evaluations and excavations. I have worked abroad in Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, Jordan and Syria as well as travelling in Oman, Qatar and Turkey.

I was involved in the Dana Survey from 1998-2000, a multi-period, baseline survey of sites, with an emphasis on looking at Roman Military sites and resource control in the Shobak area of Southern Jordan. This project also located and recorded Ottoman Army sites associated with First World War activity in southern Jordan.

My main area of interest is military archaeology of the 18th and early 19th centuries, specifically military encampments of the 18th century and siege works of the Peninsular War 1808-1814.





Research interests

I am currently carrying out research on 18th century military camp sites in the south of England. The focus of this work is an integrated survey of a site of the Seven Years War (1756-1763) known as Shroton Camp, near Blandford in Dorset. This involves techniques including magnetometry, resistance survey, magnetic susceptibility and GPS topographic survey. This programme has successfully located features and cultural material associated with the camp.

A corresponding programme of archive searches has revealed extensive documentary material relating to the camp including soldier's letters, newspaper reports, order books, contemporary maps and plans and government correspondence.

Research group

Archaeological Computing

Affiliate research group

Archaeological Prospection Service of Southampton (APSS)

Research project(s)

Netley Abbey survey project

This project was carried out in conjunction with English Heritage in order to provide a practical, intensive survey experience for second-year students taking the Archaeological Survey and Recording course and third year students taking the Geophysical Survey course. This experience built on and reinforced skills and tasks already introduced in the classroom environment.

Old Sarum and Stratford-Sub-Castle

The site of Old Sarum is located in Wiltshire some 3km to the north of Salisbury in the Avon Valley. The monument, includes a multivallate Iron Age hillfort with evidence of Romano-British occupation and documentary evidence of a Saxon burh and mint. The site was rebuilt as a royal motte and bailey castle including a cathedral and bishop's palace and extra-mural settlement.

Portchester Castle survey project - Dormant

The Portchester Castle Survey Project was established as a collaboration between the University of Southampton and English Heritage to produce a new survey of the castle and its immediate surroundings.

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Book Chapters

  • Barker, D., Catlin, K. A., Johnson, M., Sly, T., & Strutt, K. (2017). Bodiam as a landscape of work. topographical and geophysical survey. In M. Johnson (Ed.), Lived Experience in the Later Middle Ages. Studies of Bodiam and Other Elite Landscapes in South-Eastern England (pp. 51-74). Southampton, GB: The Highfield Press.
  • Barker, D., Lash, R., & Strutt, K. (2017). Knole: sport, labour, and social contest. In M. Johnson (Ed.), Lived Experience in the Later Middle Ages. Studies of Bodiam and Other Elite Landscapes in South-Eastern England (pp. 106-128). Southampton, GB: The Highfield Press.


Mr Dominic Barker
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65A/1241

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