School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr James Gerrard

Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology


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 


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 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.  


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; 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 
  • 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
  • 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'

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 research grants by:

English Heritage

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

ARA1020 The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the Twentieth Century

ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice

ARA3023 Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

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

Office Hours

My student office hours are: Mon 11-1 and Wed 10-11

Rm 2.36 ARMB