I completed a BA in History and a PhD in Roman archaeology at the University of Manchester followed by a British Academy Post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Archaeology Oxford (1986-1989). I then held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Michigan before coming to Leicester in December 1991 as a Lecturer. I was promoted to Reader (1995) and Professor (1998). I served as College Director of Research (2009-2012) and Head of School 2015-2019. I was also involved in the formation of the AHRC Midlands4Cities doctoral consortium and have served as one of the Leicester site directors.
I was a member of the national research assessment panels for Archaeology in RAE2008 REF2014 and REF2021 in the last of these serving as Chair. I was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and Member of the Academia Europaea in 2013. I regularly serve on national and international grant bodies academic and editorial committees.
In total I have (co-)authored/edited 30 books and over 300 articles and book chapters.
Duckworth, C., Cuénod, A. and Mattingly, D.J. (eds). Mobile Technologies in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies (2020).
Bland, R. Chadwick, A, Ghey, E, Haselgrove, C. Mattingly, D. Rogers, A and Taylor, J. Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards in Britain. Oxford: Oxbow (2020).
Sterry, M. and Mattingly, D.J. (eds). State Formation and Urbanisation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies (2020).
Gatto, M., Mattingly, D.J., Ray, N. and Sterry, M. (eds). Burials, Migration and Identity in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Trans-Saharan Archaeology Volume 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies (2019).
Mattingly, D.J., Leitch, V., Duckworth, C.N., Cuenod, A., Sterry, M. and Cole, F. (eds) Trade in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Trans-Saharan Archaeology Volume 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies (2017).
Stone, D., Mattingly, D.J. and N. Ben Lazreg. Leptiminus (Lamta): a Roman Port City in Tunisia, Report no. 3, the Urban Survey. Portsmouth, RI, JRA Suppl.
Mattingly, D.J. Imperialism, Power and Identity Experiencing the Roman Empire. Princeton University Press, 2011. (paperback edition 2014)
Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. and Mattingly, D.J. Archaeology and Desertification: the Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey, southern Jordan. Oxbow, CBRL, Oxford (2007).
Mattingly, D.J. An Imperial Possession. Britain in the Roman Empire. Penguin History of Britain Series. London (2006). (Paperback edition 2007).
Mattingly, D.J., Daniels, C.M., Dore, J.N., Edwards, D. and Hawthorne, J. The Archaeology of Fazzan. Volume 1, Synthesis. London: Society for Libyan Studies (2003); Volume 2, Site Gazetteer, Pottery and Other Survey Finds (2007); Volume 3, Excavations carried out by C.M. Daniels (2010); Volume 4, Survey and Excavations at Old Jarma (Ancient Garama) carried out by C.M. Daniels (1962-69) and the FazzÄn Project (1997-2001) (2013)
Mattingly, D.J. (edited). Dialogues in Roman Imperialism. Power, Discourse and Discrepant Experience in the Roman Empire (Journal of Roman Archaeology, Suppl. vol 23), Portsmouth, RI (1997).
Barker, G.W.W., Gilbertson, D.D., Jones, G.D.B and Mattingly, D.J. eds). Farming the Desert The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey. Volume 1, Synthesis. (principal editor, G. Barker), Volume 2, Gazetteer and Pottery (principal editor, D.J. Mattingly), UNESCO, Soc. for Libyan Studies, Paris/London (1996).
Mattingly, D.J. Tripolitania. Batsford, London (1995).
I have prior media experience involving topics related to Roman archaeology endangered archaeology imperialism and post-colonial/de-colonial debate.