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Professor David Hinton 

Emeritus Professor

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Professor David Hinton is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I have continued to play an active role in the Department since my retirement. I began my career in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, where I was in charge of the medieval collections, before coming to Southampton to teach courses on the archaeology of the Middle Ages. I was involved in fieldwork in the Oxford area (collaborating at one time with Mick Aston, who went on to ‘Time Team' fame) and my projects while at Southampton have included work on various sites in Dorset, notably on the Purbeck peninsula, and elsewhere in the Wessex region.

I am currently the President of the Royal Archaeological Institute, and serve on various committees concerned with archaeology at national and local level.

Research interests

My research interests have always focused on the medieval period, as the interrelationship between archaeological and written evidence about the past is so interesting. Because I worked in a museum, metal objects and pottery have been a particular study area for me, but I have also undertaken excavations and research into buildings when training opportunities for students could be arranged.

Research project(s)

The Three Valleys survey project, Hampshire - Dormant

The Three Valley Survey is an initiative directed by Professor David Hinton (University of Southampton) and Dr Chris Loveluck (University of Nottingham).

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Book Chapters

  • Hinton, D. (2011). Archaeology and history (in the United Kingdom). In J. T. Rosenthal (Ed.), Understanding Medieval Primary Sources. Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe (pp. 243-253). (Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources). Routledge.
  • Hinton, D. (2011). Archaeology and post-Conquest England. In A. Galloway (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture (pp. 66-84). (Cambridge Companions to Culture). Cambridge University Press.
  • Hinton, D. (2011). Developments in the early medieval archaeology of Wessex. In R. Whimster (Ed.), The New Antiquarians. 50 Years of Archaeological Innovation in Wessex (pp. 110-115). (Council for British Archaeology Research Report; No. RR166). Council for British Archaeology.
  • Hinton, D. (2011). Developments in the later medieval archaeology of Wessex. In R. Whimster (Ed.), The New Antiquarians. 50 Years of Archaeological Innovation in Wessex (pp. 128-140). (Council for British Archaeology Research Report; No. RR166). Council for British Archaeology.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2011). Palaces and palace life in the north. In M. Carver, & J. Klápště (Eds.), The Archaeology of Medieval Europe. Vol. 2: Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries (pp. 147-156). Aarhus University Press.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2011). Raw materials: sources and demand. In H. Hamerow, D. A. Hinton, & S. Crawford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (pp. 423-439). (Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology). Oxford University Press.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2011). Weland’s work: metals and metalsmiths. In M. Clegg Hyer, & G. R. Owen-Crocker (Eds.), The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World (pp. 185-200). University of Exeter Press.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2010). Deserted medieval villages and the objects from them. In C. Dyer, & R. Jones (Eds.), Deserted Villages Revisited (pp. 85-108). (Explorations in Local and Regional History; Vol. 3). University of Hertfordshire Press.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2010). The Anglo-Saxon chapel at Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. In S. Larratt-Keefer, K. L. Jolly, & C. E. Karkov (Eds.), Cross and Cruciform in the Anglo-Saxon World: Studies to Honor the Memory of Timothy Reuter (pp. 319-339). (Medieval European Studies; No. XI). West Virginia University Press.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2009). Medieval identity issues. In R. Gilchrist, & A. Reynolds (Eds.), Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957-2007 (pp. 453-464). (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph; Vol. 30). Maney Publishing.
  • Hinton, D. A. (2003). Medieval Anglo-Jewry: the archaeological evidence. In P. Skinner (Ed.), Jews in Medieval Britain: Historical, Literary and Archaeological Perspectives (pp. 97-111). Boydell Press.


  • Hinton, D. (2006). Ships and subsidies. In L. Blue, F. Hocker, & A. Englert (Eds.), Connected by the Sea: Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology Roskilde 2003 (pp. 205-209). (International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology; No. 10). Oxbow.

Working Paper

PhD Supervision

Although I have retired, I am happy to consider assisting in PhD supervision on medieval topics.

Professor David Hinton
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/2207

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