Prof. Neil Christie

NC finds columns at late Roman OstiaProfessor of (Medieval)

BA, PhD (Newcastle upon Tyne), FSA, SFHEA, University Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2617


Personal details

After my doctorate at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, I held a Scholarship and then research post at the British School at Rome; was Sir James Knott Fellow at Newcastle; and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship with Oxford’s Institute of Archaeology. I joined the Archaeology staff at the University of Leicester in 1992 and became Professor in 2017.

For long my primary administrative duty in the School has been as Postgraduate (Research) Tutor; I am now Deputy PGR Tutor. I also had an extended role as PGR Director for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. I am one of the Site Directors for the Midlands4Cities AHRC doctoral partnership. In addition, I am co-director of Leicester's Medieval Research Centre. Key external roles include Reviews Editor for both Medieval Archaeology and Medieval Settlement Research Group journals.


My teaching covers Roman to medieval archaeology, including courses on Living in Medieval Towns and Early Christian Europe, exploring aspects such as urban and rural change across time. I also cover themes such as the City of Rome and Standing Buildings archaeology.


Research Student Supervision

Topics for Supervision

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

Learn more about studying for a PhD with us

Current Students

  • David Cardona, thesis topic: Catacombs in Context: A Maltese Investigation
  • Giulia Bison: Late Antique Metalworking and Recycling in Rome
  • Alessandra Pegurri: Common Wares and the Economy of Late Antique Rome
  • Zoltan Pallag*: The Roman Picnic in Late Antiquity
  • Margherita Riso: The Christianisation of Late Antique to Early Medieval Rural Sicily
  • Matt Selheimer*: Life at the Cross-Roads: How street intersections shaped Roman socio-spatial experience
  • Brandon Fathy*: Modelling an Emergent Port and Town: Early Medieval Ipswich and its Context
  • Alessandro Carabia*: Byzantine Liguria: A Frontier Province in Context (M3C AHRC Funded – primary supervisor at University of Birmingham)
  • Matthew Tuohy*: The Origins and Growth of the Hundred of Willey (Bedfordshire) (English Local History, UoL)

NC as 2nd supervisor *

Recently awarded PhD students

  • Dr Graham Aldred: Worth their place? A multi-disciplinary study of the social and political significance of particular places in Anglo-Saxon Mercia - awarded 2021
  • Dr Javier Williams: Visigothic-period buckles: Portable wealth in late antique Spain and Western Europe - awarded 2021
  • Dr Claudia Eicher, thesis topic: Religious Transition in the Late Antique Countryside: Agency, Identity, and Change in Lugdunensis Senonia (Gaul)  - awarded 2019
  • Dr Brittany Thomas: Dominus et Deus: Imperial display and the evolving imagery of power in the Later Roman and Early Byzantine Empires, c.AD 300-600 - 2019
  • Dr Matthew Mandich: The Growth and Extent of Rome: From Fringe to Suburb (awarded 2017)
  • Dr Glen Farrugia: The Presentation and Interpretaion of Malta's Early Christian Heritage: Past, Present and Future (awarded 2017)



Urban Transformations in the Late Antique West: Materials, Agents and Models. (Série Humanitas Supplementum Estudos Monográficos 69). Edited, with Andre Carneiro and Pilar Diarte Blasco. Evora: Coimbra University Press, 2020.  Open access link:

Interpreting Transformations in Society and Landscapes in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Edited, with Pilar Diarte-Blasco. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2018.

Fortified Settlements in Early Medieval Europe: Defended Communities of the 8th-10th Centuries. Edited, with Hajnalka Herold. 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.

Transforming 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.

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

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