Steve Roskams
Senior Lecturer



Steve Roskams joined the staff in 1983 after spending ten years in rescue archaeology, directing excavations in Carthage in Tunisia and in the City of London, notably the large excavations at Billingsgate. Since then, he has worked abroad in Algeria and Beirut and, latterly, concentrated his efforts on the investigation of a 'Dark Age' site at Mothecombe in southwest England and, closer to home, Iron Age and Roman landscapes and settlement on the Yorkshire Wolds and in York's immediate hinterland.   



He is interested in all aspects of urban archaeology, both of theory and of practice. The former involve the construction, from a Marxist perspective, of frameworks for understanding the Roman to medieval transitions; the latter the development of excavation methods and analysis to aid the interpretation of complex urban sequences.

Publications include site reports and synthetic articles on London, overviews of Roman and medieval York, and books on fieldwork methodologies and stratigraphic analysis.

At the present time he is completing the publication of a major research project focused on the prehistoric, Roman and medeival landscapes immediately related to York.


  • Yorkshire Wolds Project - a multiperiod landscape investigation.
  • Lambaesis, Algeria - a Roman town and its hinterland.
  • The Yorkshire Archaeological Research Assessment gathering data on archaeological resources in the region and producing a research framework.
  • Mothecombe Fieldwork Project - survey and excavation of the early medieval 'beach market' site in South Devon


Sam Turner, working together on the Mothecombe Project



I teach throughout our undergraduate degree, looking at both archaeological theory and fieldwork practice in the first year; Iron Age and Roman Themes in the second year; and a Special Topic or Assessed Seminar option of Roman Landscapes or the Western Mediterranean in the third year. I also direct the Masters programme in Field Archaeology and supervise a number of PhD students at any one time.

External activities



  • Member, and former Chair, of the York Archaeological Forum: advises York City Council on archaeological matters
  • Academic advisor to present Over Arup project reviewing the effectiveness of current archaeological policy in York and advising on future directions 

Editorial duties

Steve Roskams

Contact details

Mr Steve Roskams
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 323936