Dr Neil Christie

NC finds columns at late Roman OstiaAssociate Professor of Archaeology (Professor designate)

 

Tel: +44 (0)116 2522617

Email: njc10@le.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Personal details

  • BA, PhD (Newcastle upon Tyne), FSA, SFHEA

Prior to joining the Archaeology and Ancient History team at the University of Leicester way back in 1992, I was both an undergraduate and then doctoral student in Archaeology at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; subsequently I held a Scholarship at the British School at Rome and then was employed there to prepare a major excavation report for publication (Santa Cornelia).

I returned to Newcastle as a Sir James Knott Fellow (to research late Roman Italy), and then held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, to work on a volume on the Lombards.

Since 1992, I have duly risen in the ranks at Leicester to Senior Lecturer and then to Reader (now called 'Associate Professor') in Archaeology. My primary administrative duty in the school is currently as Postgraduate (Research) Tutor overseeing all research postgraduates.

I am also PGR Co-Director for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, overseeing support for PhD students across the college for 2015-17.

Beyond Leicester, I am Reviews Editor for the journal Medieval Archaeology and for the journal of the Medieval Settlement Research Group. I am also a member of the Faculty for the British School at Rome.

Websites

Teaching

I teach on various courses at all levels of undergraduate degrees in Archaeology and in Ancient History and on Master's courses. I supervise a number of doctoral students in the school, including distance learning-based.

Publications

Books/monographs

Fortified Settlements in Early Medieval Europe: Defended Communities of the 8th-10th Centuries. (edited, with Hajnalka Herod). Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2016.

Wallingford: The Castle and the Town in Context. Edited by K. Keats-Rohan, N. Christie and D. Roffe. BAR British Series 621. Archaeopress, Oxford, 2015.

wallingfordTransforming Townscapes. From Burh to Borough: The Archaeology of Wallingford, AD 800–1400. By Neil Christie and Oliver Creighton, with Matt Edgeworth and Helena Hamerow, and other contributors. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 35, London, 2013. Major monograph on the AHRC-funded Wallingford project: 2008-10.

War and Warfare in Late Antiquity: Current Perspectives (Late Antique Archaeology, Volumes 8.1, 8.2). (edited, with Alexander Sarantis). Brill, Leiden, 2013.

Vrbes Extinctae. Archaeologies of Abandoned Classcial Towns (ed. N. Christie & A Augenti), Ashgate, Farnham, 2012.

Medieval Rural Settlement. Britain and Ireland, AD 800-1600, edited N. Christie & P. Stamper. Oxbow Books/Windgather Press, Oxford, 2011.   see flier here

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire. An Archaeological and Historical Perspective. Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2010.  (see the Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

From Constantine to Charlemagne: An Archaeology of Italy, AD300-800. Ashgate, Aldershot, 2006 (598pp)N Christie - From Constantine to Charlemagne

(with P Beavitt, J Gisbert Santonja, J Segui, V Gil Senis) Ethnography and Archaeology in Upland Mediterranean Spain. Manolo’s World: Peopling the Recent Past in the Serra de L’Altmirant, 1994-98, Leicester Archaeology Monograph, 12, Leicester 2004. (194pp)

(editor) Landscapes of Change. Rural Evolutions in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Ashgate, Aldershot 2004. (324pp)

Towns and Their Territories between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, (The Transformation of the Roman World, Volume 9), (eds. GP Brogiolo, N Gauthier and N Christie), ESF/Brill, Leiden, 2000.

Towns in Transition: From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, (eds. N Christie  and S Loseby), Scolar Press, Aldershot 1996.

The Lombards. The Ancient Langobards, Basil Blackwell, Oxford 1995.

Settlement and Economy in Italy, 1500 BC - AD 1500: Papers of the Fifth Conference of Italian Archaeology, (ed. N Christie), Oxbow Monograph 41, Oxford 1995.

Three South Etrurian Churches: Santa Cornelia, Santa Rufina and San Liberato, (ed. N Christie), Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome, Volume 4, London 1991.

Principal papers (1988-2016)

(with S Gibson) 'The city walls of Ravenna', Papers of the British School at Rome, lvi, 1988, 156-197.

(with A Rushworth) 'Urban fortification and defensive strategy in fifth and sixth century Italy: the case of Terracina', Journal of Roman Archaeology, i, 1988, 73-88.

'The archaeology of Byzantine Italy: a synthesis of recent research', Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 2:2, 1989, 249-293.

'The limes bizantino reviewed: the defence of Byzantine Liguria', Rivista di Studi Liguri, lv, 1989, 5-38.collapsed porch at Santa Cornelia

'The Alps as a frontier, AD 168-774', Journal of Roman Archaeology, iv, 1991, 410-430.

'The survival of Roman settlement along the Middle Danube: Pannonia from the fourth to the tenth century AD', Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 11/3, 1992, 317-339.

'Barren fields? landscapes and settlements in late Roman and post-Roman Italy', in G Shipley and J Salmon (eds.), Human Landscapes in Classical Antiquity, London, 254-283.

(with J Lloyd and G Lock), 'From the mountain to the plain: landscape evolution in the Abruzzo. An interim report on the Sangro Valley project, 1994-5', Papers of the British School at Rome, lxv, 1997, 1-57.

'Excavations and survey at the castle and villages of medieval Rascino (Cicolano, Central Italy)', in E Hubert (ed.), Une Région Frontalière au Moyen Age. Les Vallées du Turano ed du Salto entre Sabine et Abruzzes, Collection de l’École Française de Rome, 263), Rome, 2000, 225-242.

'Towns, land and power: German-Roman survivals and interactions in fifth- and sixth-century Pannonia', in GP Brogiolo, N Gauthier and N Christie (eds.), Towns and Their Territories between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, (The Transformation of the Roman World, Volume 9), ESF/Brill: Leiden, 2000, 275-297.

'The castra of Paul the Deacon and the Longobard frontier in Friuli', in Paolo Diacono e il Friuli Altomedievale (secc. VI-X). Atti del XIV Congresso Internazionale di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo (Cividale del Friuli - Bottenico di Moimacco, 24-29 Sett. 1999), Centro Italiano di Studi sull'Alto Medioevo: Spoleto, 2001, 231-251.

'War and order: urban remodelling and defensive strategy in late Roman Italy', in L Lavan (ed.), Recent Research on Late Antique Urbanism, JRA Supplementary Series No.42, Ann Arbor, 2001, 106-122.A tower of the late Roman city walls at Barcelona, of c. AD 300

'On Bells and Belltowers. Origins and evolutions in Italy and Britain, AD 700-1200', Church Archaeology, 5-6, 2004, 13-30.

'Charlemagne and the renewal of Rome', in J Story (ed.), Charlemagne: Empire and Society, Manchester University Press: Manchester & New York, 2005, 167-182.

(with P Beavitt, JG Santonja, VG Senis and J Segui) 'Peopling the recent past in the Serra de l’Altmirant: shepherds and farmers at the margins', International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 11:4, Dec. 2007, 304-321.

'From the Danube to the Po: Late Roman Defence in Pannonia and Italy', in A Poulter (ed.), The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond (Proceedings of the British Academy vol.141) Oxford University Press: Oxford & New York, 2008, 547-577.

'Of sheep and men: castles and transhumance in the upper Sangro valley and in the Cicolano, Italy', in G Lock and A Faustoferri (eds.), Archaeology and landscape in central Italy. Papers in memory of John A Lloyd (Oxford University School of Archaeology: Monograph 69), Oxford, 2008, 105-120.

'No more fun? The end of amphitheatres and games in the Late Roman West', in Wilmott T. (ed.),  Roman Amphitheatres and Spectacula: a 21st-century perspective. Papers from an international conference held at Chester, 16th-18th February, 2007, British Archaeological Reports International Series 1946, Archaeopress: Oxford, 2009, 221-232.

(with O. Creighton, M. Edgeworth & M. Fradley), ‘Have you found anything interesting?’ Exploring early medieval and medieval urbanism at Wallingford: sources, routes and questions’, Oxoniensia, lxxv, 2010, 35-47.

‘Safe in their homes? Reflections on defending towns and populations in northern Italy, AD 350-450’, in R. García-Gasco, S. González Sánchez & D Hernández de la Fuente (eds), The Theodosian Age (AD 379-455): Power, Place, Belief and Learning in the Last Century of the Western Empire (British Archaeological Reports International Series 2493), Archaeopress: Oxford, 2013, 123-131.

(with M. Edgeworth), ‘The archaeology of crossing-places: the bridge and ford at Wallingford on the river Thames’, in M. Prell (ed.), Archäologie der Brücken. Vorgeschichte, Antike, Mittelalter, Neuzeit/ Archaeology of Bridges. Prehistory, Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern Era. Verlag Friedrich Pustet: Regensburg, 2011, 232-239.

‘Wars within the frontiers: archaeologies of rebellion, revolt and civil war’, in A. Sarantis & N. Christie (eds.), War and Warfare in Late Antiquity: Current Perspectives, (Late Antique Archaeology 8.2). Brill: Leiden, 2013, 927-968.

(with G. Bellosi, A. Granata, N. Pisu and P. Baker), ‘The late antique and early medieval habitat and church on the Monte S. Martino, Riva del Garda district, north Italy’, Medieval Settlement Research, 28, 2013, 9-17.

‘Becoming Christian, being Christian in early medieval Europe’, in M. Boulton, J. Hawkes & M. Herman (eds), The Art, Literature and Material Culture of the Middle Ages: Transition, Transformation and Taxonomy, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015, 59-79.

‘Reflections on late antique towns: issues of age, infirmity and role’, in M.C. Parello & M.S. Rizzo (eds), Paesaggi urbani tardoantiche. Casi a confronto. Atti delle Giornate Gregoriane VIII Edizione (29-30 novembre 2014), Edipuglia, Bari, 2016, 223-229.

Late Roman and Late Antique Italy: from Constantine to Justinian’, in A. E. Cooley (ed.), A Companion to Roman Italy, Blackwell-Wiley: Oxford & New York, 2016, pp.133-153.

(with R. Hodges), 'Anxious abbots? Questions of defence and monastic communities in early medieval Europe’, in N. Christie & H. Herold (eds), Fortified Settlements in Early Medieval Europe: Defended Communities of the 8th-10th Centuries. Oxbow Books, Oxford & Philadelphia, 2016, pp.139-157.

Research

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My main research areas cover late Roman to medieval archaeology, with a special interest in the late Roman Empire, in Italy and in urbanism, plus in themes such as defences, and church archaeology.

I am very active in fieldwork with projects in Italy (currently with Denis Sami at Cesenatico between Rimini and Ravenna; and from 2011-13 at the San Martino hilltop site near Tenno near the north end of lake Garda) and from 2008-2011, in England at the late Saxon and Norman town of Wallingford in south Oxfordshire.

The latter wasahrc an AHRC funded project, which employed an array of techniques to tease out the plan and contents of the site from its late Saxon roots through Norman castle building to later medieval decline.

See the Wallingford Burh to Borough Project (with major project monograph publication in 2013) for more information.

Supervision

Topics available for PhD supervision

  • Late Roman archaeology
  • Early medieval and medieval archaeology
  • Urbanism
  • Defence
  • Late Roman and early medieval Christianity

Learn more about studying for a PhD with us

Current students

  • Eleanora Zampieri, thesis topic: Propagandist town planning between the Republic and the Principate: Caesar, Pompey and the attainment of consent
  • Matthew Mandich, thesis topic: Rural-Urban Rome: Effects of Urban Expansion on Suburban Villa Function, Ownership, and Property Value from the 1st-3rd Centuries AD
  • Graham Aldred, thesis topic: Worth their place? A multi-disciplinary study of the social and political significance of particular places in Anglo-Saxon Mercia
  • Claudia Eicher, thesis topic: Religious Transition in the Late Antique Countryside: Agency, Identity, and Change in Lugdunensis Senonia (Gaul)
  • Jess McCullough, thesis topic: Belief and Practice in Early Norse Greenland
  • Javier Williams, thesis topic: Visigothic period buckles: portable wealth in late antique Spain and Western Europe
  • Glen Farrugia, thesis topic: Messages Presented and Messages Taken: Exploring Tourist and Native Perceptions of Malta's Early Christian Heritage
  • Brittany Thomas, thesis topic: Dominus et Deus: Imperial display and the evolving imagery of power in the Later Roman and Early Byzantine Empires, c.AD 300-600
  • Roberta Ferrante, thesis topic: An Architectural and Social Archaeology of Roman Baths and Bathing in Eastern Sicily: The Public and Private Thermae of Catania in Context.

Past students

  • Dr Mike Hawkes, thesis topic: From village to estate: the characteristics of settlement in eastern England in the early and middle Anglo-Saxon period. (Supervisor - PhD awarded 2007)
  • Dr Martin Sterry, thesis topic: Evolving States: Power and Communities in Adriatic Central Italy from 600 BC - AD 100. (First supervisor - PhD awarded 2010). Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow 'Trans-Sahara', University of Leicester
  • Dr Denis Sami, thesis topic: From Theodosius to Constans II: The Settlement and Economy of Late Roman and Byzantine Sicily (AD 379-688). (First supervisor - PhD awarded 2011)
  • Dr Gavin Speed, thesis topic: Towns in the Dark? Archaeologies of urbanism from late Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England. (First supervisor - PhD awarded 2013). Current position: Senior Supervisor, ULAS
  • Dr David Morgan, thesis topic: Archaeology of Transylvanian Fortified Churches. (Supervisor - PhD awarded 2009)
  • Dr Alex Livarda, thesis topic: The introduction and dispersal of exotic food plants into Europe. (Second supervisor - PhD awarded 2008).  Current position: Lecturer in Archaeobotany at the University of Nottingham
  • Dr Matilda Holmes, thesis topic: Food and status in Saxon and Scandinavian burhs. (Co-supervisor - PhD awarded 2011)
  • Dr Chantal Bielmann, thesis topic: Society and Identity/Identities: Religion, Church, and Urbanism in Switzerland AD 300-800. (Supervisor - PhD awarded 2014)
  • Dr Antonino Crisa, thesis topic: Archaeology in northern Sicily during the post-Unification period (1861-1915). A historical reconstruction based on a study of the sites of Tindari, Lipari and Tusa. (Supervisor - PhD awarded 2016)

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