Pete Wilson
English Heritage Head of Research Policy (Roman Archaeology)

Profile

Biography

Pete Wilson, PhD, FSA, FSA Scot, MIfA is Head of Research Policy (Roman Archaeology) for English Heritage. He also leads on Portable Antiquities issues for English Heritage and is closely involved in the English Heritage Heritage Crime Initiative.

Research

Overview

Primary research focus is ‘the Roman North’ with particular emphasis on towns and civil settlement, along with the end of the Roman period.

Previous Research


PhD thesis North East Yorkshire - A later Prehistoric and Roman landscape: Studies of settlement, economy, burial and the evidence they provide for culture change following the Roman occupation (University of Bradford 1995, unpublished). The thesis examined the impact of the Roman occupation on the region, local responses to it and the character or Roman-period settlement, agriculture and industry.
‘The Catterick Project’ – over the period 1981-1999 a series of rescue-driven excavations in combination with extensive geophysical surveys, fieldwalking and latterly metal detecting investigated the Roman ‘small town, and its environs, along with aspects of the early medieval landscape.
Cawthorn Camps 1999-2000, a project conceived in partnership with the North York Moors National Park, tested developing new understanding of the internationally important earthwork complex as well as contributing to the further development of the management regime for the site.
Groundwell Ridge Roman villa, a major Community Archaeology project undertaken on the site which was saved from development following a locally-based public campaign in Swindon.


Projects

  • Completion of the publication report for the 1999-2000 excavations at Cawthorn Camps (Roman forts and temporary camp), North Yorkshire.
  • Completion of the publication report for the 2003-2005 excavations at Groundwell Ridge Roman villa, Swindon
  • Completion of a publication report for the 1956-58 excavations at Newton Kyme Roman fort, North Yorkshire in combination with a report drawing together all of the available data on the Roman fort and civil settlement at Adel, West Yorkshire.

Collaborators

Groundwell Ridge Roman Villa: Geoff Morley (Moles Archaeology - co-director); Dr Jorn Schuster (Wessex Archaeology - finds synthesis) & colleagues from English Heritage Archaeological Projects and Archaeological Science Teams and Wessex Archaeology
 
Cawthorn Camps: North York Moors National Park; Dr Jeremy Evans (pottery); Ed Dennison (EDAS - topographic survey) & colleagues from English Heritage Archaeological Projects and Archaeological Science Teams
 
Adel & Newton Kyme: Dr Jeremy Evans and Dr Phil Mills (pottery); Ian Roberts (ASWYAS) and Dr Armin Schmidt (University of Bradford) - geophysics; Adel Excavation Group
 
Portable Antiquities/Heritage Crime: Chief Inspector Mark Harrison (Kent Police seconded to English Heritage)

Supervision


Publications

Selected publications

Main publications

‘Aspects of the Yorkshire Signal Stations’. In V A Maxfield and M J Dobson (eds) Roman Frontier Studies 1989. Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Exeter: University of Exeter Press (1991), 142-147.

‘The Roman Period on the North York Moors: Developments and Prospects’. In B E Vyner (ed) Moorland Monuments: Studies in the Archaeology of North East Yorkshire in Honour of Raymond Hayes and Don Spratt. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 101 (1995), 69-78.

‘Behind the Frontier: Roman and Natives in Northern England’. In Roman Frontier Studies 1995 (ed) W Groenman-van Waateringe, B L van Beek, W J H Willems and S L Wynia. Oxford: Oxbow monograph 91 (1997), 587-93.

with P Cardwell, R J Cramp, J Evans, A Thompson, R Taylor-Wilson and J S Wacher ‘Early Anglo-Saxon Catterick and Catraeth’. Medieval Archaeology 40 (1996), 1-61.

‘The defences of the forts and civil settlements at Catterick, Yorkshire, England (Roman Cataractonium)’. In N Gudea (ed) Roman Frontier Studies 1997. Zalău (1999), 277-81.

‘Catterick: The End of A Roman Town?’.  In T Wilmott and P R Wilson (eds) The Late Roman Transition in the North: Papers from the Roman Archaeology Conference, Durham 1999. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 299 (2000), 25-31.

Cataractonium: Roman Catterick  and its hinterland. Excavations and research 1958-1997. Council for British Archaeology Research Reports 128/129 (2002).

‘Cawthorn Camps: 70 Years after Richmond’. In P Freeman, J Bennett, Z T Fiema and B Hoffman (eds) Limes XVIII. Proceedings of the XVIIIth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies held in Amman, Jordan (September 2000). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 1084(ii) (2002), 859-866.

‘Craft and ‘Industry’ on the North York Moors in the Roman Period’. In P Wilson and J Price (eds) Aspects of Industry in Roman Yorkshire and the North. Oxford: Oxbow (2002), 13-20.

The Roman Towns of Yorkshire: 30 years on.’ In P Wilson (ed) The Archaeology of Roman Towns: Studies in honour of John S Wacher. Oxford: Oxbow (2003), 258-269.

‘Military Religion at Roman Catterick’. In H Visy (ed) Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Pécs: University of Pécs (2005), 441-446.

‘The Roman expansion in Yorkshire reconsidered’ in Limes XX Estudios Sobre la Frontera Romana Vol 1 (2009) eds A Morillo, N Hanel & E Martín (2009), 103-11 (Madrid).

Lullingstone Roman Villa, English Heritage Guidebook (2009).

Full publications list

‘Depopulation in Long Itchington Parish’. Warwickshire History 4 (1979-1980), 120-132.
 
‘Snowford Bridge Roman Site’. Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society  90 (1980), 80-82.
 
‘Investigations in St Michael's and St Mary's Churches, Lichfield’. Transactions of the South Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society  22 (1980-1981), 70-79.
 
with M Henig ‘A Bronze Figurine from Bainesse Farm, Catterick’. Antiquaries Journal  62 (1982), 370-372.
 
‘Documentary Evidence’ (pp 111-125) and ‘Glossary’ (pp 160-161) in P M Wilkinson ‘Excavations at Tilbury Fort, Essex'. Post-Medieval Archaeology 17 (1983), 111-162.
 
‘Recent Work at Catterick’. In P R Wilson, R F J Jones and D M Evans (eds) Settlement and Society in the Roman North (1984), 75-82. Bradford: School of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford and Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society.
 
‘Excavations at East Gilling Long Barrow’. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal  60 (1988), 1-3.
 
‘Excavations at Burton Agnes Old Manor House’. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal  60 (1988), 5-12.
 
‘An "Ivory" Figure from near Malton’. In J Price and P R Wilson (eds) Recent Research in Roman Yorkshire: Papers presented to Mary Kitson Clark. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 193 (1988), 367-373.
 
‘The Richborough Font - some additional structural detail’. Britannia 21 (1988), 411-412.
 
‘Excavations at Helmsley Castle’. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal  61 (1989), 29-33.
 
with T Clare ‘Farmery Field, Cartmel’. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society  90 (1990), 195-198.
 
‘Aspects of the Yorkshire Signal Stations’. In V A Maxfield and M J Dobson (eds) Roman Frontier Studies 1989. Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Exeter: University of Exeter Press (1991), 142-147.
 
‘Rockbourne - Tenantry Farm long barrow’. Archaeology in Hampshire - Annual Report for 1990, (1991), 54-55.
 
‘Finchale Priory, County Durham: Structural Analysis of "The Guesthouse"’. Durham Archaeological Journal 10 (1995), 55-60.
 
‘The Roman Period on the North York Moors: Developments and Prospects’. In B E Vyner (ed) Moorland Monuments: Studies in the Archaeology of North East Yorkshire in Honour of Raymond Hayes and Don Spratt. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 101 (1995), 69-78.
 
with R G Cooper ‘Raymond Hayes, MBE, FSA - Bibliography’. In B E Vyner (ed) Moorland Monuments: Studies in the Archaeology of North East Yorkshire in Honour of Raymond Hayes and Don Spratt. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 101 (1995), 245-247.
 
‘Opportunities for Amateurs? (or where can I dig please?)’. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Library and Archives Newsletter 15 (1995), 4-5.
 
with P A Busby, J Evans and J P Huntley ‘The Catterick Pottery Kiln’. Britannia 27 (1996), 283-97.
 
(contributor to) ‘General discussion'. In Excavations on the Roman villa at Beadlam, Yorkshire by D S Neal. Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeological Report 2, Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1996).
 
‘Behind the Frontier: Roman and Natives in Northern England’. In Roman Frontier Studies 1995 (ed) W Groenman-van Waateringe, B L van Beek, W J H Willems and S L Wynia. Oxford: Oxbow monograph 91 (1997), 587-93.
 
with P Cardwell, R J Cramp, J Evans, A Thompson, R Taylor-Wilson and J S Wacher ‘Early Anglo-Saxon Catterick and Catraeth’. Medieval Archaeology 40 (1996), 1-61.
 
‘Tradition and Change: Rural Buildings in Roman Yorkshire’. In R M and D E Friendship-Taylor (eds) From Roundhouse to Villa. Northampton: Upper Nene Archaeological Society (1997), 9-17.
 
‘The defences of the forts and civil settlements at Catterick, Yorkshire, England (Roman Cataractonium)’. In N Gudea (ed) Roman Frontier Studies 1997. Zalău (1999), 277-81.
 
‘Catterick’. Current Archaeology 166 (1999), 379-86
 
with G Lee ‘Cawthorn Camps. Trial excavations 1999'. In Ryedale Historian. 20 (2000), 5-8
 
‘Catterick: The End of A Roman Town?’.  In T Wilmott and P R Wilson (eds) The Late Roman Transition in the North: Papers from the Roman Archaeology Conference, Durham 1999. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 299 (2000), 25-31.
 
‘The military and civilian baths at Catterick, Yorkshire’. In J DeLaine and D E Johnston (eds) Roman Baths and Bathing. Part 2: Design and Context. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 37. Ann Arbor, Michigan (2000), 239-44.
 
Cataractonium: Roman Catterick  and its hinterland. Excavations and research 1958-1997. Council for British Archaeology Research Reports 128/129 (2002).
 
‘Raymond Hayes: An appreciation’. In Ryedale Historian. 21 (2002-2004), 3-4
 
with G Lee ‘ Cawthorn Camps 2000’.  In Ryedale Historian. 21 (2002-2004), 30-33
 
‘Cawthorn Camps: 70 Years after Richmond’. In P Freeman, J Bennett, Z T Fiema and B Hoffman (eds) Limes XVIII. Proceedings of the XVIIIth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies held in Amman, Jordan (September 2000). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 1084(ii) (2002), 859-866
 
‘Craft and ‘Industry’ on the North York Moors in the Roman Period’. In P Wilson and J Price (eds) Aspects of Industry in Roman Yorkshire and the North. Oxford: Oxbow (2002), 13-20
 
‘At the Interface: Romans and Natives in Yorkshire England’. In K Lesick, B Kulle, C Cluney and M Peuramaki-Brown (eds) The Archaeology of Contact: Processes and Consequences. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary. Calgary: Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary (2002), 316-321.
 
The Roman Towns of Yorkshire: 30 years on.’ In P Wilson (ed) The Archaeology of Roman Towns: Studies in honour of John S Wacher. Oxford: Oxbow (2003), 258-269.
 
with P Horne and P Ottaway ‘The Roman Period’. In R A Butlin (ed) Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire. Otley: Westbury (2003), 48-61.
 
with R A Hall and D Powlesland ‘The Early Medieval Period’. In R A Butlin (ed) Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire. Otley: Westbury (2003), 62-74.
 
with G Lee, ‘Cawthorn Camps: Damage and Survival’. In T Nixon (ed) Preserving archaeological remains in situ?: Proceedings of the 2nd conference 12-14 September 2001. London: Museum of London Archaeology Service (2004), 173-178.
 
With J Stone, M Clowes, E Dennison and G Lee ‘Mapping Roman Earthworks. Photogrammetry: Cawthorn Camps’. In Conservation Bulletin 45 (2004), 10-11.
 
‘Military Religion at Roman Catterick’. In H Visy (ed) Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Pécs: University of Pécs (2005), 441-446.
 
with F Meddens, K Sable, A Akeroyd, G Egan, T Horsley, L Keys, P Linford, R Mackley, A Payne, N Walsh, M White and D Williams ‘The excavation of a medieval ceramic production site and tile kiln at Weald View, Noak Hill, Essex’. Medieval Ceramics 26/7 (2002/3), 3-43.
 
Our Portable Past. English Heritage (2006)
 
‘Our Portable Past’, The Archaeologist 61 (Autumn 2006), 9.
 
‘A Yorkshire ‘Small Town’: Roman Malton and Norton Reviewed’ Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 78, 35-60.
 
with R J Brickstock, P A Cardwell, P A Busby, H E M Cool, J P Huntley, J Evans, P Makey and D Ronan ‘The Catterick Metal Detecting Project 1997-1999’ Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 79 (2007), 65-153.
 
‘Other Finds’ (with S S Frere) and ‘Painted Plaster and Related Material’ in S S Frere and B R Hartley† ‘Excavations at the Roman Fort at Bowes in 1966-67 and 1970’, pp 76-77 & 184-92 in Excavations at Bowes and Lease Rigg Roman Forts by S S Frere and R L Fitts (2009), Yorkshire Archaeological Report 6.
 
‘Holding the line? The Humber frontier and the expansion into Yorkshire reconsidered’ in First Contact. Rome and Northern Britain (eds) D J Breeze, L M Thoms and D W Hall (2009) Tayside & Fife Archaeological Committee, mono 7, 8-14.
 
‘The Roman expansion in Yorkshire reconsidered’ in Limes XX Estudios Sobre la Frontera Romana Vol 1 (2009) eds A Morillo, N Hanel & E Martín (2009), 103-11 (Madrid).
 
Lullingstone Roman Villa, English Heritage Guidebook (2009).
 
‘Opinion’ feature in Current Archaeology 237 December 2009 p. 45 on potential consequences of Staffordshire Hoard discovery.
 
‘Hadrian’s Wall’ and ‘Northern Counties’ sections of ‘Roman Britain in 2008’ Britannia XL (2009),  231-40.
 

Publications Submitted

 
‘A new Roman fort at Staxton in the Vale of Pickering, Yorkshire, England’, forthcoming in P Bidwell et al (eds) Papers from the 2009 Newcastle Limes Congress.
 
‘To Build or not to Build? Presenting Roman Sites in Britain’, forthcoming in  M Müller (ed) Schutzbauten und Rekonstruktionen in der Archäologie. (Xanten).
 
‘Hadrian’s Wall’ and ‘Northern England’ sections of ‘Roman Britain in 2009’  Britannia XLI (2010).
 
 
The above list excludes reviews, short interim reports and other ephemera superseded by more substantial reports.

Publications as Editor:

Annual Bulletin of the Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1982 onward).
 
P R Wilson, R F J Jones, D M Evans Settlement and Society in the Roman North. Bradford: School of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford and Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1984).
 
The Roman Forts at Elslack (guide leaflet). Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1984).
 
J Price and P R Wilson Recent Research in Roman Yorkshire: Papers presented to Mary Kitson Clark. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 193 (1988).
 
North-East Yorkshire Studies: Archaeological Papers by Raymond H Hayes, MBE, FSA. Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1988).
 
The Crambeck Roman Pottery Industry. Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1989).
 
with T Wilmott  The Late Roman Transition in the North: Papers from the Third Roman Archaeology Conference, Durham 1999. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 299 (2000).
 
with J Price Aspects of Industry in Roman Yorkshire and the North. Oxford: Oxbow (2002).
 
The Archaeology of Roman Towns: Studies in honour of John S Wacher. Oxford: Oxbow (2003).
 
with R White Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper 2 (2004).

English Heritage Head of Research Policy (Roman Archaeology)

Contact details

Dr Pete Wilson

Tel: (44) 1944 738861