School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr James Gerrard

Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology


Roles and Responsibilities


Undergraduate and post-graduate teaching: artefacts and the Roman Empire.

Director of Excellence for Learning and Teaching in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology




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

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

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


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, World Archaeology, Classical Review, Archaeopress 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 Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and served previously as external examiner 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 currently supervise post-graduate research on a wide range of topics including the end of Roman Britain; Roman footwear, Coins from Hadrian's Wall, 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, the end of Roman Britain, 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 travel from an archaeological perspective
  • 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

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
  • A 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'

Industrial Relevance

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.   

Research Grants

I have been awarded grants by:

The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Roman Research Trust

The British Museum

English Heritage

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:

ARA2101 Artefacts

ARA3114 Regionality and the Fall of Rome

I contribute to these modules:

ARA1030 The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the Twentieth Century

ARA3114 Regionality and the Fall of Rome

ARA3023 Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

I currently lead these modules:

ARA8025 Advanced Seminar in Artefact Studies

HCA8000 School Wide Independent Study with Language (ancient or modern) 

ARA8222 Regionality and the Fall of Rome

Office Hours

Students should contact me by email for an online appointment during the Covid19 pandemic.  

Rm 2.36 ARMB