Dr Neil Christie
Reader in Archaeology
B.A., Ph.D. (Newcastle Upon Tyne), FSA
Tel: 0116 2522617
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 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 now to Reader in Archaeology. Among my current administrative duties in the School I am the Postgraduate (Research) Tutor overseeing all research postgraduates and editor to the School Bulletin.
For 2015-16 I am PGR Co-Director for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, overseeing support for PhD students across the college.
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.
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 much 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 wasan 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 a short blog on some of my research and publications, see http://blog.ashgate.com/
I teach on various courses at all levels of undergraduate degrees in Archaeology and in Ancient History and on Masters courses. I supervise a number of doctoral students in the School, including distance learning-based.