Dr Adam Rogers

Research Associate

BA, MA, PhD (Durham), FHEA

Email: acr16@leicester.ac.uk

I rejoined the School in July 2014 as the third Research Associate on the joint British Museum and University of Leicester project 'Crisis or continuity. Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD.' My role on the project includes researching and discussing coin hoards and hoarding interpretation and analysis. An aspect of this includes an analysis of the archaeology of third century Britain in order to socially contextualise the concentration of coin hoards dating to this period.  

After completing my PhD at the University of Durham, and working for the Archaeological Services at Durham for a period, I moved to the University of Leicester to take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2009. This was completed in 2012 when I then undertook teaching at Leicester and the University of Manchester as well as spending a period out of academia. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I have always been keen to incorporate my innovative research into my teaching.



As well as the Coin Hoards project, my research focuses on late Iron Age and Roman Northwest Europe with themes of interest including settlement and landscape archaeology, religion and ritual, archaeological theory and historiography. My doctoral thesis readdressed the theme of decline in our examination of late Roman archaeology and I am very keen to develop my interests in the later Roman period and the historiography of late Roman studies further. My British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship project examined another important theme in archaeology: water. It focused on the relationship between water and urbanism in the Roman period. Beyond the universal practical necessities of water, my project examines the way in which waterscapes formed components of the urban experience, the materiality of the urban form and the identity of urban dwellers. I also have interests in archaeological theory and I am working on a number of projects relating to the interpretation of Roman archaeology. 

Selected Recent Publications


Rogers, A. 2014. The Archaeology of Roman Britain: Biography and Identity. London and New York: Routledge.

Rogers, A. 2013. Water and Roman Urbanism: Towns, Waterscapes, Land Transformation and Experience in Roman Britain. Leiden: Brill.

Rogers, A. (ed.) 2013. The Social Archaeology of Ports and Harbours. Special Edition of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology Volume 8(ii).

Rogers, A. 2011. Late Roman Towns in Britain: Rethinking Change and Decline. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Journal articles:

Rogers, A. 2013. Social Archaeological Approaches in Port and Harbour Studies. In A. Rogers (ed.) The Social Archaeology of Ports and Harbours. Special Edition of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology Volume 8(ii): 181-96.

Rogers, A. 2012. Controlling waterscapes in urban contexts in the Roman period. Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire 89.

Rogers, A. 2012. Water and the urban fabric: a study of towns and waterscapes in the Roman period. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

Rogers, A. 2011. Reimagining Roman ports and harbours: the port of Roman London and waterfront archaeology. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 30.2: 207–25.

Rogers, A. 2008. Religious place and its interaction with urbanization in the Roman era. Journal of Social Archaeology 8.1: 37–62.


Book chapters:

Rogers, A. 2015. Indigenous communities under Rome. In C. Haselgrove, P.S. Wells and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rogers, A. 2015. The Development of Towns. In M. Millett, A. Moore and L. Revell (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rogers, A. forthcoming. 30 entries in the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rogers, A. 2012. Five entries in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History (on the Roman cities at London, Gloucester, Caerwent, St Albans and Colchester).

Rogers, A. 2011. Exploring late Iron Age settlement in Britain and the near Continent: Reading Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and examining the significance of landscape, place, and water in settlement studies. In T. Moore and X.-L. Armada (eds.) Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC: Crossing the divide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 638-55.

Rogers, A. and Hingley, R. 2010. Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: the traditions of imperial decline. In M. Bradley (ed.) Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 189–209.

Rogers, A. 2010. Late Roman towns as meaningful places: re-conceptualizing decline in the towns of Late Roman Britain. In D. Sami and G. Speed (eds.) Debating Urbanism Within and Beyond the Walls A.D. 300–700. Leicester: University of Leicester. Pp. 57–81.

Hingley, R. and Rogers, A. 2008. Fieldwalking in the ‘Tofts Field’, Piercebridge, County Durham: an analysis of the data. In H.E.M. Cool and D.W. Mason (eds.) Roman Piercebridge: Excavations by D.W. Harding and Peter Scott 1969 – 1981. Monograph of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland.

Rogers, A. 2007. Beyond the Economic in the Roman Fenland: Reconsidering land, water, hoards and religion. In A. Fleming and R. Hingley (eds.) The Making of the British Landscape: Fifty Years After Hoskins: Prehistoric and Roman periods. Macclesfield: Windgather Press. Pp. 113–130.

Rogers, A. 2005. Metalworking and Late Roman Power: a study of towns in later Roman Britain. In J. Bruhn, B. Croxford and D. Grigoropoulos (eds.) TRAC 2004: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference Durham 2004. Oxford: Oxbow Books. Pp. 27–38.

Review Articles:

Rogers, A. 2013. Archaeologies of the North Sea and Channel. Journal of Roman Archaeology 25.

Rogers, A. 2013. Rural settlement in Roman Britain: current knowledge and future research agenda. A Review of three recent fieldwork reports. Britannia 43.


Book reviews:

Rogers, A. 2011. Review of ‘Roman Southwark: settlement and economy’ by C. Cowan et al. The Archaeological Journal 167: 238-9.

Rogers, A. 2010. Review of ‘The Archaeology of Water’ by H. Chapman Davies. The Archaeological Journal 166: 261.

Rogers, A. 2009. Review of ‘The evolution and role of burial practice in Roman Wales’ by K.J. Pollock. The Archaeological Journal 165: 545–6.

Rogers, A. 2009. Review of ‘Ritual Landscapes of Roman South-East Britain’ ed. by D. Rudling. Landscapes 10(i): 139–40.

Rogers, A. 2008. Review of ‘Parts and Wholes: fragmentation in prehistoric context’ by J. Chapman and B. Gaydarska. The Archaeological Journal 164: 269–70.


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