Professor Colin Haselgrove

HazelgroveProfessor of Archaeology

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

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5016







Personal details

I studied Biochemistry at Sussex and then Archaeology at Cambridge. I moved to Leicester in 2005, having previously taught at Durham University, where I was a lecturer from 1977 and Professor from 1995. I was Head of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester from 2006 to 2012.


Iron Age archaeology


Later prehistory and the Iron Age to Roman transition in Britain and north-west Europe. Particular interests include the archaeology of early coinage; the impact of developer-funded archaeology for understanding settlement landscapes; Iron Age material culture and deposition; and radiocarbon dating for the Iron Age.

Current and recent projects

In the Footsteps of Caesar: the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain

(Re)dating Danebury hillfort and later prehistoric settlements in its environs: a Bayesian approach

Crisis or continuity? Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD

British and Irish prehistory in their European context

Research Student Supervision

No longer accepting new research students

Current research students

Anni Byard

Meredith Laing

Victoria Szafara

Recent research students

Rachel Wilkinson (2019)

Frank Hargrave (2018)

Andrew Lamb (2018)

Marta Fanello (2016)

Adam Daubney (2015)

Anna Lewis (2015)

Anna Booth (2015)

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Recent publications


The Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age Oxford: OUP (ed with P.S. Wells, K. Rebay-Salisbury). Online, hardcopy publication 2021.

Iron Age and Roman coin hoards in Britain Oxford: Oxbow books, 2020 (with R. Bland, A Chadwick, E Ghey, D Mattingly, A Rogers & J Taylor)

Julius Caesar’s Battle for Gaul: new archaeological perspectives. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2019. (edited with A. P. Fitzpatrick).

Cartimandua's capital? The late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire, fieldwork and analysis 1981–2011. York: CBA Research Report 175

The Archaeology of Money. Leicester: Leicester Archaeology Monograph 24, 2016 (edited with S Krmnicek).

The later prehistory of North-Western Europe: the evidence of development-led fieldwork. Oxford: OUP 2015 (with L. Webley, M. Vander Linden, R. Bradley)

Journal articles and book chapters

Exploring settlement dynamics through radiocarbon dating, in T Romankiewicz, M Fernandez-Götz, G Lock & O. Büchsenschütz (eds), Enclosing space, opening new ground: Iron Age studies from Scotland to mainland Europe, 103–111. Oxford: Oxbow, 2019 (with D. Hamilton).

Palynology of Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Archaeological Sediments from Beaurieux Les Grèves, Aisne, France, Vegetation Histy & Archaeobotany 28, 2019, 399–416 (with J.B Innes). DOI 10.1007/s00334-018-0704-9

‘Celtic cowboys’ reborn: application of multi-isotopic analysis (δ13C, δ15N, and δ34S) to examine mobility and movement of animals within an Iron Age British society, J. Archaeol. Science 101, 2019, 189–198 (with D Hamilton, K L Sayle, M. Boyd & G Cook). DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2018.04.006

Iron Age coin production in Britain: some new evidence, in E. Hiriart, S. Martin, S. Nieto-Pelletier & F. Olmer (eds), Monnaies et archéologie en Europe celtique. Mélanges en l'honneur de Katherine Gruel, 197–202. Glux-en-Glenne: Coll. Bibracte 29, 2018.

Radiocarbon dating and modelling of a late Iron Age cremation cemetery at Westhampnett, West Sussex, UK, Archäol. Korrespondenzblatt 47 (3), 2017, 359–81 (with A Fitzpatrick & D. Hamilton)

Modern borders and the later prehistory of northwest Europe, in R. Crellin, C. Fowler & R. Tipping (eds) Prehistory Without Borders: the prehistoric archaeology of the Tyne-Forth region, 16–24. Oxford: Oxbow, 2016 (with M. Vander Linden, L. Webley)

The impact of Bayesian chronologies on the British Iron Age, World Archaeol. 47, 2015, 642–60 (with D. Hamilton, C. Gosden). DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2015.1053976

Hoarding and other forms of metalwork deposition in Iron Age Britain, in J. Naylor & R. Bland (eds), Hoarding and deposition of metalwork: a British Perspective, 24–37. Oxford, BAR, 2015.

Keeping up with the neighbours? Changing perceptions of later prehistoric societies in central Britain, in F. Hunter & I. Ralston (eds), The Later Bronze and Iron Ages of Scotland in their European Setting, 117–35. Edinburgh, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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