Professor Colin Haselgrove

HazelgroveProfessor of Archaeology

BSc (Sussex), MA, PhD (Cambridge), FHEA, FBA, FSA, FSAS

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Personal details


I studied Biochemistry at Sussex and Archaeology at Cambridge. I joined the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester in 2005, having previously taught at Durham University, where I was a lecturer from 1977 and Professor from 1995. My research focuses on the British and European Iron Age; on early coinage and currencies; and on the Iron Age to Roman transition in north-west Europe. I am also a Fellow of the British Academy and was Head of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester from 2006 to 2012.


I teach on all three levels of Undergraduate Studies as well as Postgraduate Studies.


My research focuses on Iron Age societies in Britain and Europe and their relations with the expanding Roman world; early coinage and currency; the relevance of developer-funded archaeology for understanding long-term evolution of settlement and landscape in Europe; Iron Age and Roman material culture and deposition; and application of radiocarbon dating and Bayesian Modelling to dating later prehistoric societies. My publications over the last decade include books on developer-funded archaeology in north-west Europe (2011); three on the British and European Iron Age (2007, 2006) and one on the ritual significance of Iron Age coinage (2005), and numerous articles and book chapters on Iron Age settlement and societies in Britain and France, and topics such as Iron Age coinage, hoarding and the dating of East Yorkshire chariot burials.Autun and Mt Beauvray

I have two forthcoming books: British and Irish prehistory in their European context (OUP), based on a 5-year project with Prof Richard Bradley (Reading University), examining the evidence gathered through development-led excavations on the near continent funded by Leverhulme Trust), and Cartimandua's capital: the late Iron Age royal site at StanwickNorth Yorkshire, a monograph presenting a 30-year research programme at one of the largest later prehistoric fortified sites in Europe. With Peter Wells (Minnesota) and Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (Vienna), he is editing the Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age and, with Stefan Krmnicek (Tübingen), The Archaeology of Money. The latter book arises from the project Mint condition: coinage and the development of economic and social networks. This examined the spread of coinage from the Graeco-Roman world into temperate Europe as part of the Leverhulme Programme, Tracing Networks: Craft Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond, based in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History.

I am currently engaged in three externally-funded research projects: (Re)dating Danebury hillfort and later prehistoric settlements in its environs: a Bayesian approach (with Chris Gosden, Oxford University & Gordon Cook, SUERC, funded by the Leverhulme Trust); Crisis or continuity? Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD, (with Roger Bland & Sam Moorhead, British Museum; David Mattingly & Jeremy Taylor, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, funded by AHRC); and In the Footsteps of Caesar: the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).

My most recent fieldwork was in the Arroux valley in southern Burgundy and in southern Scotland and, following on from earlier projects in north-east England and in the Aisne Valley, northern France. The Traprain Law Environs Project with Dickinson College USA excavated six later prehistoric enclosed settlements on the East Lothian coastal plain, including Whittinghame Tower (2002), Standingstone (2003) and Knowes (2004), providing much new information about the changing character of settlement in the region from the later Bronze Age to the early Medieval period. The project monograph was published in 2009 by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland as The Traprain Law Environs Project: Excavations and fieldwork 2000–2004. The Arroux Valley survey (2000-2003) used geophysical survey and fieldwalking to locate rural settlement in the largely pastoral landscape around Mont Beuvray, the Iron Age capital of the Aedui, and Autun, its Roman successor. The survey is published at


•    the Iron Age in Britain and Europe;
•    early coinage and currency in the old world
•    the Iron Age/Roman transition in western Europe
•    later prehistoric settlement and landscape
•    Iron Age and Roman material culture and deposition

Learn more about studying for a PhD with us

Current and recent PhD students

Rachel Wilkinson, Iron Age metalwork hoards (AHRC CDA with British Museum, co-supervisors Roger Bland, Neil Wilkin, Julia Farley)

Sarah Scheffler, Romanisation of North Italy (Advisor)

Natasha Harlow, Iron Age & Roman East Anglia (Advisor)

Andy Lamb, The later Iron Age in central southern Britain

Adam Daubney, The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Lincolnshire

Anna Lewis, Iron Age and early Roman chariot fittings from western and central Britain (AHRC CDA with National Museum of Wales, co-supervisor Adam Gwilt)

Tammy Macenka, Burial in Iron Age Yorkshire

Sarah Percival, Iron Age Pottery from Northern East Anglia.

Frank Hargrave, Late Iron Age shrines and temples in Britain.

Marta Fanello, Later Iron Age Coinage in Britain

Marcella Raiconi, Greek and Etruscan contacts with indigenous communities in the western Mediterranean (Advisor)

Anna Booth, The penannular brooch in Britain (AHRC CDA with British Museum, co-supervisor Roger Bland) (PhD 2015)

Sophie Adams, Late Hallstatt and early to middle La Tène brooches in Britain (AHRC CDA with British Museum; co-supervisor Jody Joy) (PhD 2014)

Kate Parks, Crop husbandry in the East of England in the Iron Age and Roman period (Advisor) (PhD 2013)

Melissa Edgar, Later Iron Age brooches in northern France (PhD 2013)

Julia Farley, At the Edge of Empire: Iron Age and early Roman metalwork in the East Midlands (Phd 2012)

Andy Tullett, Social transformations from the Middle Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age in Central Southern England' (PhD 2011).

Stephen Sherlock, Later Prehistoric Settlement in North East England (PhD 2011)

Derek Hamilton, Use of radiocarbon and Bayesian modelling to (re)write later Iron Age settlement histories in east-central Britain (AHRC CDA with English Heritage, co-supervisor Alex Bayliss) (PhD 2011)

Martin Sterry, House, Land and Place: a re-evaluation of Central Adriatic Communities: 6th-1st centuries B.C (Advisor, PhD 2010)

Duncan Campbell, Cultural exchange in Hellenistic Greece (Advisor, PhD 2008)

Judith Rosten, Personal adornment and the expression of identity in Roman Britain (Advisor; PhD, 2008\09)

Laura Cripps, The Iron Age in south-west England (PhD 2007)

Former PhD students hold posts at universities in the UK and USA, including Bournemouth, Durham, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool and Nottingham; with national organisations such as English Heritage, Historic Scotland, the British Museum, National Museum of Wales, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and at leading field units

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