Professor Colin Haselgrove

HazelgroveProfessor of Archaeology

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

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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.


Colin's research focuses on Iron Age societies in Britain and Europe and their relations with the Mediterranean world; the archaeology of early coinage and currency; on 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 on the use of radiocarbon dating and Bayesian Modelling for dating later prehistoric societies. He has published extensively on various aspects of Iron Age Britain and Europe. His recent books include Cartimandua's capital? The late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorks, fieldwork and analysis 1981–2011 (CBA, 2016), a new study of one of Europe's largest late prehistoric fortified sites; The Archaeology of Money (Leicester, 2016) with Stefan Krmnicek (Tubingen), which takes a cross-cultural perspective on the archaeology of coinage and currencies; and The later prehistory of northwest Europe (OUP, 2015) from the Leverhulme project British and Irish prehistory in their European context Autun and Mt Beauvraywith Richard Bradley(Reading), Marc Vander Linden (UCL) and

With Peter Wells (Minnesota) and Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (Vienna), Colin has recently edited the Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age, 37 chapters of which are now available online; the print version of the book is scheduled for 2019. He is currently working on the publication of the monographs from two other recent research projects: (Re)dating Danebury hillfort and later prehistoric settlements in its environs: a Bayesian approach (with Chris Gosden, Oxford University & Derek Hamilton, SUERC), which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and Crisis or continuity? Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD, (with Roger Bland & Eleanor Ghey, British Museum & Adrian Chadwick, David Mattingly, Adam Rogers & Jeremy Taylor, School of Archaeology & Ancient History). A third project, In the Footsteps of Caesar: the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, has entered its final year; this research has recently led to the identification of the probable landing site used in 54 BC by Julius Caesar in his second invasion of Britain. The first book from this project. Julius Caesar's Battle for Gaul: New Archaeological Perspectives (with Andrew Fitzpatrick, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, will be published in 2019 by Oxbow Books .


In addition to the recently published Stanwick research project (above), Colin has undertaken fieldwork in the Arroux valley in southern Burgundy, in southern Scotland, 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 (see opposite). The Arroux valley 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

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