Dr James Gerrard
Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5502
- Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Roles and Responsibilities
Undergraduate and post-graduate artefacts teaching
Degree Programme Director for V400 (Archaeology) VV14 (Ancient HIstory & Archaeology) and VV41 (History & Archaeology)
Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions
Radiation Protection Supervisor
Member of the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies management committee
BA (Hons) 2000 Archaeology and Prehistory (Sheffield)
MA 2001 Archaeological Research (York)
PhD 2005 Pottery and the End of Roman Britain: the view from Somerset and Dorset (York)
Professional affiliations and memberships of academic societies
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Study Group for Roman Pottery
Member of the Roman Finds Group
Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society
Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (2009-2011)
Specialist in Roman material culture, Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd (London) (2005-2010)
I have peer-reviewed and reviewed articles for Britannia, The Archaeological Journal, World Archaeology, Classical Review and The McDonald Institute's Monograph Series.
I have examined postgraduate theses/dissertations for the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, and King's College London.
I am currently external examiner for Archaeology at Canterbury Christchurch University and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
My research and teaching interests are focused on the end of the Western Roman Empire in Britain and Europe. I am especially interested in the relationship between material culture, economics and identity as well as the role of artefacts in archaeological interpretation.
My current and recent research projects include:
- Roman period wells as proxies for social, economic and religious change.
- Post-excavation assessment of the small finds and pottery from the A684 Bedale Bypass excavation (with Pre-Construct Archaeology & Prospect Archaeology)
- The impact of contaminated green waste on the historic environment.
- Investigation of the findspot of a fifth-century piece of metalwork in Gloucestershire (with GeoFlo).
- The Lufton Project (landscape project examining the hinterland of a late Roman villa)
- Post-Excavation analysis of the finds from Drapers' Gardens, City of London
- The Roman pottery from the river at Piercebridge (with Philippa Walton and the British Museum)
- Roman Pottery in the fifth Century
- The Brough of Deerness (Viking Age Diaspora Project with Dr James Barrett, Cambridge University)
- Post-excavation analysis of the Roman Bath House at Shadwell, E. London
I currently supervise post-graduate research on a wide range of topics including the end of Roman Britain; networks along the Atlantic Facade; Roman artillery; Roman Dacia, Neolithic henges and Bronze Age metalwork.
I have recently had research students complete research theses on Roman mortaria, Roman Southwark, imported Mediterranean pottery and the archaeological potential of museum collections on Hadrian's Wall.
I am happy to supervise topics relating to the late Roman and early medieval periods. Please contact me if you are thinking of coming to Newcastle for a research degree in any of these areas:
- Roman material culture (pottery, coins and other artefact types)
- Roman or 'Dark Age' economics
- Romano-British rural and urban settlement
- Roman London
- The Roman / Early Medieval periods (especially the third to sixth centuries)
- Artefacts and stratigraphic analysis
- Structured deposition
Particular topics that I feel would benefit from doctoral research include:
- The distribution of Mancetter-Hartshill mortaria
- The end of Roman Corbridge
- An analytical study of Roman material from early Anglo-Saxon domestic/settlement contexts
- An detailed analysis of 'structured deposits' in Roman period wells
- The evidence for violence in late Roman Britain
- The chronology and significance of the demolition of Roman buildings.
- Revised chronologies for late Roman pottery producers focusing on their beginnings in the third century and 'ends'
I offer a variety of commercial services through the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies. These services involve the production of specialist finds reports (including Roman coins, small finds, pottery and Late Iron Age ceramics in the NE), consultancy work and other projects for organisations working in the commercial archaeological and heritage sectors. Please feel free to contact me if you require advice or assistance in these areas.
I have been awarded research grants by:
The Roman Research Trust
The British Museum
The Association for Roman Archaeology
The Marc Fitch Fund
Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
Bristol and Gloucester Archaeological Society
Northamptonshire Archaeological Society
The Medieval Settlement Research Group
Brympton Parish Council
I currently lead these modules:
ARA1027 Introduction to Archaeology
ARA3114 Regionality and the Fall of Rome
I contribute to these modules:
ARA1020 The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the Twentieth Century
ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice
I currently lead these modules:
ARA8025 Advanced Seminar in Artefact Studies
ARA8026 Practical Artefact Analysis
ARA8150 Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology
ARA8222 Regionality and the Fall of Rome
My student office hours are: Mon 2-3pm and Wed 12-2pm
Rm 2.36 ARMB
- Gerrard J, Henig M. Brancaster type signet rings: a study in the material culture of sealing documents in Late Antique Britain . Bonner Jahrbūcher 2017. Submitted.
- Gerrard J. Please send me your Linchpins!. Lucerna 2017, 53, 15-15.
- Gerrard J, Agate A. The Deserted Medieval Settlement at Barrow, Odcombe, Somerset: Trial Excavations in 2014. Medieval Settlement Research 2017, 30, 60-69. In Press.
- Gerrard J, Cooke M. The Green Waste Project: a reassurance. The Searcher 2017, 381, 44-46.
- Gerrard J. The Social Lives of Wells in Roman Britain and Beyond. In: Lundock,J;Sivilich,M, ed. Aspects of Water in the Roman World. University of Florida Press, 2017. Submitted.
- Gerrard J, Agate A, Carl H-A. An Archaeological Assessment of an Excavation Undertaken at Hungerford, Lufton, Brympton 2016. Newcastle: Newcastle University, 2016.
- Gerrard J. An unfinished zoomorphic escutcheon of possible fifth-century date from Twyning, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucester Archaeological Society 2016, 133, 222-224.
- Gerrard J. Bronze vessels, Roman. In: Goldberg,S, ed. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Gerrard J, Cooke M. Contaminated Green Waste. Digging Deep 2016, 21, 6.
- Gerrard J. Economy and Power in Late Roman Britain. In: Millett, M; Revell, L; Moore, A, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp.850-868.
- Gerrard J, Cooke M. Green Waste and the Historic Environment. British Archaeology 2016, 151, 32-35.
- Gerrard J. Introduction: Romano-British Pottery in the Fifth Century. Internet Archaeology 2016, 41.
- Gerrard J. Los últimos romanos de Britania. Desperta Ferro: Antigua y Medieval 2016, 36, 18-24.
- Gerrard J. New radiocarbon dates from the Lynch Farm Romano-British cemetery, near Peterborough. Northamptonshire Archaeology 2016, 38, 241-243.
- Gerrard J, Cooke M, Strano M. Proving a problem: help us to map the spread of contaminated green waste [and green waste app: a field guide]. The Searcher 2016, 374, 40-43.
- Gerrard J. Review of N. POULOU-PAPADIMITRIOU, E. NODAROU and V. KILIKOGLOU (EDS), LRCW4: LATE ROMAN COARSE WARES, COOKING WARES AND AMPHORAE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. ARCHAEOLOGY AND ARCHAEOMETRY: THE MEDITERRANEAN, A MARKET WITHOUT FRONTIERS (British Archaeological Reports International Series 2616). Journal of Roman Studies 2016, 106, 382-383.
- Gerrard J, ed. Romano-British Pottery in the Fifth Century. University of York: Council for British Archaeology, 2016.
- Gerrard J. The Black Burnished Type 18 Bowl and the Fifth Century. Internet Archaeology 2016, 41.
- Gerrard J, Agate A. The Lufton Villa Excavations 2016: A Preliminary Report. Chronicle: The Journal of the Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society 2016, 10(6), 186-188.
- Gerrard J, Agate A. An Archaeological Assessment of an Excavation Undertaken at Mr Unwin’s Field, Lufton, Brympton, Somerset 2013. Newcastle: School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, 2015. Lufton Project Report.
- Boyer P, Bishop B, Gaimster M, Hayward K, Gerrard J. Archaeological investigations at Axton Chase School, Longfield, Kent. Maidstone: Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited, 2015. Kent Archaeological Reports Online.
- Gerrard J, Caldwell L, Kennedy A. Green Waste and Archaeological Geophysics. Archaeological Prospection 2015, 22(2), 139-142.
- Gerrard J. Review of Eckardt, H. Objects and Identities: Roman Britain and the North Western Provinces. Classical Review 2015, 65(2), 585-586.
- Gerrard J. 'Review of: Lindy Casson, James Drummond-Murray & Antony Francis. Romano-British round houses to medieval parish:excavations at 10 Gresham Street, City of London, 1999–2002 (MOLA Monograph 67)'. Antiquity 2015, 89(347), 1257-1259.
- Gerrard J. Synthesis, Chronology and "Late Roman" Cemeteries in Britain. American Journal of Archaeology 2015, 119(4), 565-572.
- Killock D, Shepherd J, Gerrard J, Hayward K, Rielly R, Ridgeway V. Temples and Suburbs: Excavations at Tabard Square, Southwark. London, UK: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2015.
- Gerrard J. Towns in the Dark? Urban Transformations from Late Roman to Anglo-Saxon England. By G. Speed. [Book review]. Britannia 2015, 46, 442-442.
- Boyer P, Gerrard J, Haslam A, Holden S, Butler J. Excavations along the Thames Estuary in North Kent. London: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2014.
- Gerrard J. Roman pottery in the fifth century: a review of the evidence and its significance. In: F.K. Haarer, with R. Collins, K. Fitzpatrick-Matthews, S. Moorhead, D. Petts and P. Walton, ed. AD410: The History and Archaeology of Late Roman and Post-Roman Britain. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 2014, pp.89-98.
- Gerrard J, Agate A. An Archaeological Assessment of an Excavation Undertaken at Mr Unwin’s Field, Lufton, Brympton, Somerset 2012. Newcastle: School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, 2013. Lufton Project Report.
- Gerrard J, Gerrard S, Agate A. Englands Fieldnames in Odcombe Parish, Somerset. Medieval Settlement Research 2013, 28, 76.
- Gerrard J, Lyne M. Romano-British Pottery. In: Ridgeway,V; Leary,K; Sudds,B, ed. Roman Burials in Southwark. London, UK: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2013, pp.31-36.
- Gerrard J. The Ruin of Roman Britain: An Archaeological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Gerrard J. Romano-British pottery. In: Leary, J., Butler, J, ed. Roman Archaeology in the Upper Reaches of the Walbrook Valley: excavations at 6-8 Tokenhouse Yard. London: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2012, pp.23-29.
- Gerrard J. The Iron Age and Romano-British Pottery; The Loomweight and The Small Finds. In B. Haslam (ed.) Iron Age and Roman Settlement and Burial Activity at Old Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club Archaeological Society 2012, 67(1), 105-108.
- Gerrard J. The Native and Roman Pottery. In: Proctor, J, ed. Faverdale, Darlington: Excavations at a Major Settlement in the Northern Frontier Zone of Roman Britain. London: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2012, pp.77-89.
- Barrett J, Gerrard J. The Quoygrew Sequence. In: Barrett, J, ed. Being an Islander: Production and Identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2012, pp.47-97.
- Douglas A, Gerrard J, Sudds B. A Roman Settlement and Bath House at Shadwell: Excavations at Tobacco Dock and Babe Ruth Restaurant, the Highway, London. London: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2011.
- Gerrard J. Cathedral or Granary? The Roman Coins from Colchester House (PEP89). Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 2011, 62, 81-88.
- Gerrard J. Crisis, whose crisis? The fifth-century in south-western Britain. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 2011, 26(1), 65-78.
- Gerrard J. New light on the end of Roman London. The Archaeological Journal 2011, 168(1), 181-194.
- Gerrard J. Roman pottery and small finds. In: Bishop, B., Proctor, J, ed. Settlement, Ceremony and Industry on Mousehold Heath. London: Pre-Construct Archaeology, 2011, pp.73-78.
- Gerrard J. Wells and belief systems at the end of Roman Britain : a case study from Roman London. In: Lavan, L., Mulryan, M, ed. The Archaeology of Late Antique 'Paganism'. Leiden: Brill, 2011, pp.551-572.
- Gerrard J, Barrett J. An enigmatic Viking Age settlement in Orkney. Medieval Archaeology 2010, 54(1), 423-428.
- Gerrard J. Finding the fifth century: a late fourth- and early fifth-century pottery fabric from South-East Dorset. Britannia 2010, 41, 293-312.
- Gerrard J. New radiocarbon dates from the cemetery at Bradley Hill, Somerton. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History 2010, 154, 189-192.
- Gerrard J. Dumps and tessera: high status building materials from 33 Union Street, Southwark. London Archaeologist 2009, 12(5), 130-137.
- Gerrard J. The Drapers' Gardens hoard: a preliminary account. Britannia 2009, 40, 163-183.
- Gerrard J. Demolishing Roman Britain. In: Racozcky, L, ed. The Archaeology of Destruction. Cambridge: Scholars Press, 2008, pp.176-194.
- Gerrard J. Feeding the army from Dorset: pottery, salt and the Roman state. In: Stallibrass, S., Thomas, R, ed. Feeding the Roman Army: The Archaeology of Production and Supply in NW Europe. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2008, pp.119-130.
- Gerrard J. Rethinking the small pig horizon at York Minster. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 2007, 26(3), 303-307.
- Gerrard J. The temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath and the end of Roman Britain. The Antiquaries Journal 2007, 87, 149-164.
- Gerrard J. A possible late Roman silver hoard from Bath. Britannia 2005, 36, 311-313.
- Gerrard J. Bradley Hill, Somerset and the end of Roman Britain: a study in continuity?. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society 2005, 148, 1-10.
- Turner S, Gerrard J. Imported and local pottery at Mothecombe: some new finds amongst old material at Totnes Museum. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society 2005, 62, 171-175.
- Collins R, Gerrard J, ed. Debating Late Antiquity in Britain AD300-700. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2004.
- Gerrard J. How late is late? Black Burnished ware and the fifth century. In: Collins, R., Gerrard, J, ed. Debating Late Antiquity in Britain AD300-700. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2004, pp.65-75.
- Gerrard J, Mills S. Some stray finds from the Ravenglass area, Cumbria and their implications. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological and Antiquarian Society Third Series 2002, 2, 67-78.