Andrew Fitzpatrick

Andrew FitzpatrickPostdoctoral Research Associate

Leverhulme Caesar Project


Andrew Fitzpatrick is a specialist in later prehistory. He has a BA and PhD in archaeology from the University of Durham and studied in France, Germany and Switzerland during his doctoral research. He joined the University in October 2014 to lead on the new Leverhulme-funded research project, In the footsteps of Caesar; the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain, having previously worked with Wessex Archaeology.



At Wessex Archaeology, Andrew led and published a series of major excavation projects across England. Key Iron Age sites include the Late Iron Age cemetery at Westhampnett, West Sussex, the largest of its type in Britain; the Early Iron Age settlement at Dunston Park, Berkshire, and the grave at Portesham, Dorset, which contained a decorated Celtic mirror. The Julius Caesar project has been developed from a discovery in Kent made in an Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology joint venture project.

Andrew's project teams excavated sites of all periods, of which the Amesbury Archer is the best known. This involved the detailed study of a Bell Beaker migrant and metalworker who was buried close to Stonehenge. The monograph on the Amesbury Archer was published in 2011 and since then Andrew has continued to research the introduction of the Bell Beaker culture to Britain and Ireland.

Andrew is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In 2014 he was a Visiting Researcher at the Deutsches Archaölogisches Institut, Frankfurt. Andrew's project teams at Wessex Archaeology were awarded the Current Archaeology Award for the Best Rescue Archaeology Project and the British Archaeological Award for the Best Project.

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Current Research

In the footsteps of Caesar

The Kirkhaugh Prospector

The Bell Beaker cairn at Kirkhaugh, Northumberland was excavated in 1935. It is best known as having contained the oldest gold object in northern England but new research has identified stone tools for metalworking amongst the grave goods. The Amesbury Archer is the only other grave of an early Bell Beaker metalwor

In 2014 schoolboys excavated the pair to the gold tress ring found in 1935. Photograph: North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Archaeological Practice, Newcastle upon Tyne.
ker known in Britain.

Across central and western Europe, the graves of most Copper Age and Early Bronze Age metalworkers are located far away from ore sources. But Kirkhaugh lies close to Alston Moor, the most important lead orefield in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Copper was also mined on a small scale. So was the metal worker buried at Kirkhaugh also a metal prospector? In order to answer this question a new study was started. After a reassessment of the 1935 excavation and its finds, analytical field survey and geophysical surveys have been undertaken and the cairn was re-excavated in 2014.

Project Partners & Sponsors
The fieldwork has been undertaken with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty's' HLF-funded Altogether Archaeology community project which is led by Paul Frodsham.

The Kirkhaugh project is supported by the AONB, English Heritage, the Prehistoric Society, The Society of Antiquaries of London, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and assisted by National Museums of Scotland, Southampton University and the University of Wales AHRC-funded 'Atlantic Europe and the Metal Ages' project.


La Tène

Discovered in 1857, La Tène on Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is the type site for the later Iron Age in Europe. Despite its fame, most of the finds from La Tène have never been published and are now scattered between museums around the world. One of the initiatives to mark the 150th anniversary of the discovery of La Tène was a collaborative project to locate and publish all the finds. As part of this project the finds in the British Museum are being analysed and published.

La Tene
Fishing for finds at La Tène in the 1860s. All the early finds were recovered in this way. The first excavations were not until the 1880s, after the level of the lake had been lowered artificially.
The objects in London also signify an important milestone in the interpretation of the European Iron Age. Augustus Franks, a hugely influential figure in developing the collections of the museum, acquired the finds in the 1860s. Franks belonged to an international network of archaeologists and he was the first person to correctly date the finds from La Tène. It was at this time that Franks also made his most important archaeological contribution, the identification of Celtic art, which has become one of the defining elements of the European Iron Age.

Project partners & sponsors

The larger project 'La Tène, un site, un mythe' is co-ordinated by Professor Gilbert Kaenel, University of Lausanne and Dr Gianna Reginelli Servais, the Laténium centre, Neuchâtel. It is supported in the British Museum by Drs Julia Farley, Neil Wilkin and J D Hill.

The project is funded by the Fonds National Suisse de la recherche scientifique, projects 100012-113845 and 100012-134964 and supported in the United Kingdom by the British Museum.

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