Professor Colin Haselgrove

Emeritus Professor of Archaeology

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History, School of



I studied Biochemistry at Sussex and then Archaeology at Cambridge. I came to Leicester in 2005 having taught at Durham University from 1977-2004. I was Head of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History from 2006 to 2012 and retired in 2021. I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009.


My research focuses on the later prehistory of north-west Europe and the Iron Age-Roman transition. Particular interests include the archaeology of early coinage; the impact of development-led archaeology on our understanding settlement landscapes; Iron Age material culture and deposition; and radiocarbon dating and Iron age chronology.
I am currently working on the following projects: 
• (Re)dating Danebury hillfort and later prehistoric settlements in its environs
• In the Footsteps of Caesar: the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain
• Settlement patterns in the first millennia BC and AD in southern Picardy



  • The Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age Oxford: OUP, 2022 (ed with K. Rebay-Salisbury & P.S. Wells). 
  • Iron Age and Roman coin hoards in Britain Oxford: Oxbow, 2020 (with R. Bland, A Chadwick, E Ghey, D Mattingly, A Rogers & J Taylor)
  • Contact, concord and conquest: Britons and Romans at Scotch Corner, by D. W. Fell. Barnard Castle, NAA monograph series 5, 2020. (ed. with A. Crowson & M. Bishop).
  • Julius Caesar's Battle for Gaul: new archaeological perspectives. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2019. (ed. with A. P. Fitzpatrick).
  • Cartimandua's capital? The late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire, fieldwork and analysis 1981-2011. York: CBA Research Report 175, 2016
  • The Archaeology of Money. Leicester: Leicester Archaeol Monograph 24, 2016 (ed. with S Krmnicek).
  • The later prehistory of North-Western Europe: the evidence of development-led fieldwork. Oxford: OUP 2015 (with L. Webley, M. Vander Linden, R. Bradley)

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Iron Age coins, in T. Moore, A biography of power. Research and excavations at the Iron Age oppidum of Bagendon, Gloucestershire (1979-2017): 300-313. Oxford, Archaeopress.
  • Exploring settlement dynamics through radiocarbon dating, in T Romankiewicz, M Fernandez-Gotz, G Lock & O. Buchsenschutz (eds), Enclosing space, opening new ground: 103-111. Oxford: Oxbow, 2019 (with D. Hamilton).
  • Palynology of Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Archaeological Sediments from Beaurieux Les Greves, Aisne, France, Vegetation History & Archaeobotany 28, 2019, 399-416 (with J.B Innes). DOI 10.1007/s00334-018-0704-9
  • Celtic cowboys reborn: application of multi-isotopic analysis (δ13C, δ15N, and δ34S) to examine mobility and movement of animals within an Iron Age British society, J. Archaeol. Science 101, 2019, 189-198 (with D Hamilton, K L Sayle, M. Boyd & G Cook). DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2018.04.006
  • Iron Age coin production in Britain: some new evidence, in E. Hiriart, S. Martin, S. Nieto-Pelletier & F. Olmer (eds), Monnaies et archaeologie en Europe celtique. Mélanges en l'honneur de Katherine Gruel, 197-202. Glux-en-Glenne: Coll. Bibracte 29, 2018.
  • The Iron Age coins. In M. Fulford, A. Clarke, E. Durham & N. Pankhurst, Late Iron Age Calleva. The pre-conquest occupation at Silchester Insula IX, 77-91. London, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (Britannia Monograph 32), 2018.
  • Radiocarbon dating of a late Iron Age cremation cemetery at Westhampnett, West Sussex, UK, Archäol. Korrespondenzblatt 47 (3), 2017, 359-81 (with A Fitzpatrick & D. Hamilton)


BSc (Sussex) MA PhD (Cambridge) FBA FSA FSA (Scot) FHEA
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