Dr Rob Collins
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I am the Research Associate leading on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI) at Newcastle. As suggested by my involvement with the project, I have an enduring interests in the archaeology and history of Roman frontiers and the Early Middle Ages. I also have a strong interest in landscapes, small finds and material culture.
PhD Archaeology - University of York
MA Medieval Archaeology - University of York
BA Anthropology - State University of New York at Geneseo
MEMBERSHIPS and PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Society of Antiquaries (London)
Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Keeper of Coins, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
Vice Chair, Hadrian's Wall Archaeology Delivery Group
Member, Hadrian's Wall Learning and Interpretation Delivery Group
Coordinator, Roman Northern Frontiers Seminar
Finds Liaison Officer for the North East (of England), Portable Antiquities Scheme
My research interests fall within two broad themes: frontier studies; the collapse of complex societies. In practice, this has led to my specialization of the transition of Roman frontiers in late antiquity, notably Hadrian's Wall. My research makes use of landscape analysis and archaeological remains of built structures and small finds to provide a social interpretation of the material record.
I also have continued interest in small finds, particularly those of the Roman, Early Medieval, and Medieval periods.
While I am interested very broadly in frontier societies, my geographic focus has been Britain, particularly focusing on the provincial Roman and Early Medieval (incl. Anglo-Saxon) archaeology.
More recent research has seen me exploring notions of sexuality in the Roman frontier, as well as examining the impact and reimaginings of Hadrian's Wall in popular and contemporary culture, which will also be explored in the Reading the Wall conference in June 2016.
I am leading the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI), which is developing cutting-edge digital research tools using Hadrian's Wall and other Roman frontiers as the focus of this research.
This is a project that has grown out of FREDHI, in which we are building a digital archive of the world-class material culture assemblages from the Hadrians Wall World Heritage Site. We offer 3D scans of inscribed and scultped stones and artefacts, which can be used for teaching and research.
Burial in Early Bernicia
Recent discoveries of early Anglo-Saxon artefacts reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme have highlighted new sites of archaeological interest. I am leading on this research, including site-based evaluations in collaboration with Prof Sam Turner (Newcastle) and Dr Sarah Semple (Durham).
The End of Empire: The northern frontier in the fourth-fifth centuries AD
The End of Empire project was funded by the AHRC, resulting in the publication of my 2012 book with Routledge, Hadrian's Wall and the End of Empire.
At present, I am teaching on the Hadrian's Wall MOOC (massive on-line open course).
I also contribute teaching to various modules at the undergraduate and MA level.
- Collins R. Hadrian's Wall and the End of Empire: The Roman Frontier in the 4th and 5th Centuries. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Collins R, Symonds M, Weber M, ed. Roman Military Architecture on the Frontiers: Armies and their Architecture in Late Antiquity. Oxford, UK: Oxbow, 2015.
- Haarer F, Collins R, Fitzpatrick-Matthews K, Moorhead S, Petts D, Walton P, ed. AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain. London, UK: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 2014.
- Collins R, McIntosh F, ed. Life in the Limes: Studies of the people and objects of the Roman frontiers. Oxford: Oxbow, 2014.
- Collins R, Symonds M, ed. Breaking down boundaries: Hadrian's wall in the 21st century. Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2013.
- Collins R, Allason-Jones L, ed. Finds from the Frontier: material culture in the 4th-5th centuries. York: Council for British Archaeology, 2010.
- Collins R, Gerrard J, ed. Debating Late Antiquity in Britain AD300-700. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2004.
- Collins R. The nature and understanding of frontiers in the later Roman Empire. In: D. Breeze, B. Jones & I. Oltean, ed. Understanding Roman Frontiers. Edinburgh, UK: Birlinn Ltd, 2015, pp.101-110.
- Collins R. Economic reduction or military reorganization? Demolition and conversion of granaries in the northern frontier of Britannia in the later 4th century. In: R. Collins, M. Symonds, M. Weber, ed. Roman Military Architecture on the Frontiers: Armies and their Architecture in Late Antiquity. Oxford, UK: Oxbow, 2015, pp.18-31.
- Collins R, Breeze D. Limitanei and Comitatenses: Military Failure at the End of Roman Britain?. In: R. Collins, K. Fitzpatrick-Matthews, S. Moorhead, D. Petts, F.K. Haarer, ed. AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxbow, 2014, pp.61-72.
- Collins R. Pennanular brooches from the northern granary at Birdoswald: A reappraisal. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 2014, 14, 286-291.
- Collins R. Lost and Found: Casual loss and (re)discovery of Roman objects from the northern frontier. In: Collins, R; McIntosh, F, ed. Life in the Limes. Oxford: Oxbow, 2014, pp.166-171.
- Collins R. Metal-detecting and geophysical survey at Great Whittington, Northumberland. Archaeologia Aeliana 2013, 42(Ser. 5), 235-267.
- Collins R. Pleading the Fifth (Century): Patterns of Coin Use at the End of Empire. In: R. Collins and M. Symonds, ed. Breaking Down Boundaries: Hadrian's Wall in the 21st Century. Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2013, pp.123-137.
- Collins R. Soldiers to Warriors: Renegotiating the Roman Frontier in the Fifth Century. In: Hunter, F; Painter, K, ed. Late Roman Silver: The Traprain Treasure in Context. Edinburgh, UK: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2013, pp.29-43.
- Collins R. Social Spaces at the End of Empire: The Limitanei of Hadrian's Wall. In: Totten, D; Lafrenze Samuels, K, ed. Making Roman Places, Past and Present. Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2012, pp.65-80.
- Collins R. Military Communities and the Transformation of the Frontier from the 4th-6th Centuries. In: Petts, D; Turner, S, ed. Early Medieval Northumbria: Kingdoms and Communities, 450-1100. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011, pp.15-34.
- Collins R. Brooch use in the 4th- to 5th-century frontier. In: Collins,R; Allason-Jones,L, ed. Finds from the frontier: material culture in the 4th-5th centuries. York: Council for British Archaeology, 2010, pp.64-77.
- Collins R. Recent Discoveries of Early Anglian Material Culture in the North East. Medieval Archaeology 2010, 54, 386-390.
- Collins R. Hadrian's Wall and the Collapse of Roman Frontiers. In: A. Morillo, N. Hanel, and E. Martin Hernandez, ed. Limes XX: Estudios Sobre la Frontera Romana (Leon). Madrid: Anejos de Gladius, 2009, pp.181-197.
- Collins R. The Latest Roman Coin from Hadrian's Wall: A small 5th Century Purse Group. Britannia 2008, 39, 256-261.