Dr Rob Collins
Research Associate

INTRODUCTION

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 small finds and material culture.


EDUCATION

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


ADDITIONAL ROLES

Finds Liaison Officer for the North East (of England), Portable Antiquities Scheme

Keeper of Coins, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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 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 and Anglo-Saxon archaeology.


RESEARCH PROJECTS

Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative

I am leading the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI), that is developing cutting-edge digital research tools using Hadrian's Wall and other Roman frontiers as the focus of this 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.

Projects