Keble College, Oxford, 1960-66

B.A Hons, English Language and Literature,1963; M.A., 1967. College tutors: John Carey and Malcolm Parkes.
D.Phil, 1969: Institute of Archaeology, Oxford. Research topic: The Iron Age in the Upper Thames Basin. Supervisor, Professor C. F.C. Hawkes, FBA

Iron Age roundhouse at Pimperne,
photographed from 20 metres


Career since graduation:

1965-66 Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
1966 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Celtic Archaeology, University of Durham
1977-2007 Abercromby Professor of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
1979-82 Associate Dean (Postgraduate) Faculty of Arts
1983-86 Dean, Faculty of Arts
1988-91 Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh
1986- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Pimperne reconstruction at the Butser Ancient Farm dressed for filming

As a student, I directed excavations at Pimperne in Dorset, which formed the basis for a classic reconstruction at theĀ Butser Ancient Farm (subsequently published as An Iron Age Settlement in Dorset; Excavation and Reconstruction, 1993, with I. M. Blake and P. J. Reynolds).

I then studied at the Oxford Institute of Archaeology under the late ProfessorĀ Christopher Hawkes, researching aspects of the southern British Iron Age, and was briefly Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, before moving to a lectureship in the University of Durham.