David Roberts
Research Associate



I'm interested in exploring relationships between people and landscapes in the Later Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval periods, particularly in Britain and France. In my day job I work as an Archaeologist for Historic England, managing research projects, primarily excavations with a focus on prehistoric and Roman landscapes.

I work mostly in Wiltshire and Yorkshire, although have also worked on many other projects in the UK and France, including work analysing the archaeology of the Montagne Sainte Victoire, Provence as part of my PhD research.

My recent work for Historic England has included leading excavations in the Stonehenge WHS on several sites, work with the PASt Landscapes project at the Deverill Villa, leading HE involvement in the Vale of Pewsey field school with the University of Reading, and further excavations at a range of sites in north-west Wiltshire.

I co-direct the PASt  Landscapes project, a major research collaboration between the PAS, University of York (Steve Roskams co-directs our excavations), Salisbury Museum and other institutions. PASt Landscapes researches a broad swathe of south-west Wiltshire where an extraordinary profusion of metal-detected finds have recently come to light. Combining landscape research and major excavations, in 2015 and 2016 respectively the project discovered a nationally important new Roman temple and villa. Post-excavation research continues with our team.

Since 2008 I have directed the Teffont Archaeology Project, a major landscape survey and excavation field school in south-west Wiltshire. The project has explored a complex, densely occupied and closely integrated landscape of Late Prehistoric and Roman date, and I’m currently writing up this work.

I have also directed or co-directed several smaller scale projects, including community archaeology in the York area.

I completed my PhD at the University of York in the Department of Archaeology in early 2015. I completed my MA and BA at York in 2010 and 2009 respectively.



My areas of interest include:

  • Landscapes of the north-west Roman Empire, especially Roman Britain.
  • Theorising human-environment-animal interaction in prehistory and the Roman period.
  • Development of innovative approaches to archaeological fieldwork and research, particularly holistic landscape approaches.
  • The archaeology of Wiltshire from the Neolithic to the Early Medieval period.


Current Projects:

  • PASt Landscapes project
  • Teffont Archaeology project
  • Stonehenge Southern WHS survey project
  • Deverill Villa project


Past Projects:

  • National Archaeological Identification Survey, West Wiltshire pilot
  • Common Ground
  • South Vale of York survey


David Roberts digging

Contact details

Dr David Roberts
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor