Dr James Gerrard
Lecturer in Roman Archaeology

  • Email: james.gerrard@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5502
  • Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
    Armstrong Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

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 Centre 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 


Previous Positions

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (2009-2011)

Specialist in Roman material culture, Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd (London)  (2005-2010)

Other information

I have peer-reviewed and reviewed articles for Britannia, The Archaeological Journal, Classical Review and The McDonald Institute's Monograph Series. 

I have examined postgraduate theses/dissertations for the University of Cambridge and King's College London.

I am currently external examiner for Archaeology at Canterbury Christchurch University.  

Research Interests 

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.

Research Projects

My current and recent research projects include:

Post-Graduate Supervision 

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 
  • Hoarding
  • Roman London
  • The Roman / Early Medieval periods (especially the third to sixth centuries)
  • Artefacts and stratigraphic analysis
  • Structured deposition
I have recently had research students complete research theses on Roman mortaria and Roman Southwark. 

Industrial Relevance

I offer a variety of commercial services through the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies.  These services involve the production of specialist finds reports, 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.   

Research Grants

I have been awarded research grants by:

The Roman Research Trust

The British Museum

The Association for Roman Archaeology

Pre-Construct 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


Undergraduate teaching

I currently lead these modules:

ARA1027 Introduction to Archaeology 

ARA2101 Artefacts

ARA3114 Regionality and the Fall of Rome

I contribute to these modules:

ARA1001 Stuff

ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice

ARA3023 Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

I currently lead these modules:

ARA8025 Advanced Seminar in Artefact Studies

ARA8026 Practical Artefact Analysis

Office Hours

My student office hours are: Tues 2-4pm and Wed 12-1pm

Rm 2.36 ARMB