Dr Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy TaylorLecturer in Landscape Archaeology

BA, PhD (Durham), FHEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1804

Email: jt38@le.ac.uk


Personal details


I took both my BA and PhD degrees at the University of Durham, and then worked as a research associate for Durham and Historic Scotland. I subsequently moved to Leicester to take up a Leverhulme Research Fellowship at the School in 1999 before being appointed as a Lecturer in Archaeology in 2001. I am currently one of the directors of the major field project at Burrough Hill, Leics.


I teach a range of undergraduate (UG) and Masters (MA) courses.


Selected recent publications

Taylor, J. (2013). Encountering romanitas: characterising the role of agricultural communities in the western Roman provinces. Britannia 44, 171-90.

Taylor, J. (2013). Roman Urbanism: A view from the Countryside. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 32(4), 413-432.

Taylor, J. (2011). The idea of the villa: Reassessing Villa Development in South East Britain. In N. Roymans, & T. Derks (Eds.), Villa Landscapes in the Roman North. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.179-194.Taylor J. (2007) An Atlas of Roman Rural Settlement in England. London: CBA Research Report 151.

Taylor J. (2007) An Atlas of Roman Rural Settlement in England. London: CBA Research Report 151.

Taylor J. The survey and the Excavated sequences, in Millett M (ed.) 2006. Survey and Excavation of a Roman Roadside Settlement at Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire. Oxford: Oxbow. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Monograph 5., 7-74.

Taylor J. 2006. The Roman Period, in NJ Cooper (ed.) The Archaeology of the East Midlands: An Archaeological resource Assessment and Research Agenda. University of Leicester, 137-60.

Keay S, Millett M, Poppy S, Taylor J and Terrenato N. 2004. New approaches to Urbanism in the Tiber Valley. In H Patterson (ed.) Bridging the Tiber. Approaches to Regional Archaology in the Middle Tiber Valley. Archaeological Monograph of the British School at Rome 13, 223-36.

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My research interests centre on social change in Iron Age Britain and the Western Roman provinces through study of their rural landscapes, as well as on the interrelationship between theory and method in survey-based archaeological research (e.g. geophysics, geochemistry and aerial survey).

Much of my work has focussed on the role and significance of rural social interaction and agency on the development of wider Late Iron Age and Roman society in Britain. This is part of a longer term interest in the significance of rural communities in determining broader trajectories of social change during and after their incorporation within the Roman World.

Aspects of this work have seen the publication of a monograph and several papers characterising broad patterns in rural settlement, land use and industry in Roman Britain and their social significance. This is currently extending into an interest in the role of rural communities in the foundation, topography and economic and social isolation or integration of urban settlements in Roman Britain, which builds upon earlier field research on the topography of urban and smaller roadside settlements in Britain, Spain and Italy. I am currently engaged in a major fieldwork project investigating Iron Age and Roman occupation at Burrough Hill hillfort as well as survey work investigating the inter relationship between Roman roadside settlements and their immediate rural landscapes in the Midlands of England.

A further aspect of my work has been on the adaptation of common survey strategies to novel archaeological challenges. This has ranged from large scale survey of green field urban sites to geochemical survey of Iron Age and Roman rural landscapes to the use of geophysics in characterising pre-contact period archaeological sites in North America.


Topics available for PhD supervision are:

  • The archaeology later prehistoric and Roman landscapes in Britain
  • The archaeology of the Western Roman provinces, especially urban rural inter-relations
  • The relationships between theory and method in landscape based research

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