School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Nicky Garland

Research Associate (Project Support Officer)


I am currently a researcher on the WallCAP Project, a National Heritage Lottery funded community archaeology project. My role is to oversee the construction of a Hadrian's Wall GIS and provide training in fieldwork and database skills. I also provide teaching on modules relating to Prehistoric Britain and Fieldwork skills

My research focuses on Iron Age and Roman north-western Europe, specifically understanding the origins, development of role of oppida. My research uses a multi-scale analysis of these complex settlements to better understand their function, social structure and transformation across the Iron Age-Roman transition.

I completed my PhD in 2017 at the Institute of Archaeology UCL on Territorial Oppida in Iron Age and Roman Britain.  I have spent the last 12 years working in develop-funded archaeology in numerous roles including leading fieldwork projects, consultancy and, most recently, as a publications and post-excavation officer.

For an overview of my current research please see my ResearchGate profile.

Professional affiliations and memberships of academic societies

Honorary Visiting Fellow - University of Leicester

Member of the Prehistoric Society

Member of the Roman Society

Previous Positions

Research Associate - 'Crisis or continuity: Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain' (AHRC funded) Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester (2017)

Senior Publications Officer, Cotswold Archaeology (Andover, Hampshire)  (2015-2017)


Research Interests

  • Iron Age and Roman Britain and Europe
  • Oppida
  • Social theory including identity, structuration and sensory studies of landscapes
  • Developer-led archaeology

My primary research interests are in the fields of prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Britain and Europe, specifically Iron Age and Roman society and the understanding of oppida over time. A major foci of my work explores the use of social theory in archaeology, particularly identity theory, structuration and sensory studies, including phenomenology and experiential methods of examining and understanding landscapes. Through my career I have also developed a keen interest in the benefits and challenges of developer-funded archaeology, in particular, its relationship to academia.

Previous Research Projects

'Exeter: A Place in Time' (AHRC/ English Heritage funded project)

Crisis or continuity: Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain with special reference to the 3rd century AD (AHRC funded project)


Undergraduate Teaching

I currently contribute to the following modules:

  • ARA1028 Prehistoric Britain

  • ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice