Staff Profile:Dr Alex Smith

Dr Alex Smith
Job Title:
Senior Research Fellow
Areas of Interest:
Research groups / Centres:

Social Archaeology Research Group

Key Facts:

Alex Smith worked in the commercial archaeology sector for 11 years as a Senior Project Manager in the publications department of Oxford Archaeology, before being appointed in April 2012 as Senior Research Fellow on a Leverhulme funded project on rural settlement in Roman Britain led by Prof Mike Fulford (University of Reading) and Neil Holbrook (Cotswold Archaeology). The overall aim of this project is to use published and unpublished ‘grey literature’ reports to examine the intricacies of regional and chronological variation and distinctiveness within Roman rural settlement in Britain, south of Hadrian’s Wall.

Alex completed his PhD research in late Iron Age and Romano-British sacred space in 2000 and has maintained an active research interest in this area and in the study of Roman rural settlement ever since.


2010 (with K Powell and G Laws) Evolution of a Farming Community in the Upper Thames Valley. Excavations of a prehistoric, Roman and post-Roman landscape at Cotswold Community, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, Thames Valley Landscape Monograph 31, Oxford Archaeology

2010 (with J Lewis, M Leivers, L Brown, K Cramp, L Mepham and C Phillpotts) Landscape Evolution in the Middle Thames Valley: Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavations Volume 2, Framework Archaeology Monograph 3, Oxford/Wessex

2009 (with H Lamdin-Whymark and K Brady) Excavation of a Neolithic to Roman Landscape at Horcott Pit near Fairford, Gloucestershire, in 2002 and 2003, Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 127 (2009), 45-131

2009 (with S Lawrence) Between Villa and Town. Excavations of Roman roadside settlement and shrine at Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, Oxford Archaeology Monograph 7, Oxford

2008 (with A Simmonds) Excavations on the site of the Forum, in N Holbrook (ed.), Excavations and Observations in Roman Cirencester 1998-2007, Cotswold Archaeology, 45-61

2008 (with L Brown and K Brady) A Romano-British landscape at Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex: Excavations at Brockley Hill House and the former MoD site A. Transactions London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 59 (2008), 81-152

2008 (with D Stansbie, G Laws, and T Haines) Excavation of Iron Age and Roman occupation at Coln Gravel, Thornhill Farm, Fairford, Gloucestershire 2003 and 2004. Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 126 (2008), 13-30

2008 The fate of Pagan temples in south-east Britain during the late and post-Roman periods, in D Rudling (ed.), Ritual Landscapes of Roman South-East Britain, 171-190

2007 (with K Brady) Excavations at Abingdon West Central Redevelopment: Iron Age, Roman, Medieval, and Post-medieval Activity in Abingdon Oxoniensia LXXII (2007), 107-202

2007 (with D Miles, S Palmer and G Jones) Iron Age and Roman settlement in the Upper Thames Valley: excavations at Claydon Pike and other sites within the Cotswold Water Park, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 26, Oxford Archaeology

2007 (with P Booth, A Dodd and M Robinson) The Thames Through Time: the archaeology of the gravel terraces of the Upper and Middle Thames. The early historical period: Rome and the Anglo-Saxons in the Thames Valley AD 1-1000, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 27, Oxford Archaeology

2005 (with E Simons, J Phimester and L Webley) The White Hart Hotel, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire: Historic building investigation and excavations, Oxoniensia 70 (2005), 309-324

2005 (with R Brown) Excavation and geophysical survey of the Roman settlement at Charterhouse on Mendip, 2005, Proc Somerset Archaeol and Nat Hist Soc 149 (2005), 79-88

2004 (with D Jennings, S Palmer and J Muir) Thornhill Farm, Fairford, Gloucestershire: An Iron Age and Roman Pastoral site in the Upper Thames Valley, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 23, Oxford Archaeology

2001 Excavations at Canon's Corner, Barnet, Middlesex, Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 52 (2001), 27-39

2001 Medieval archaeological features at Church St, Milborne Port, Somerset Archaeology and Natural History 2001, 37-46

2001 (with A Brookes) Holy Ground: Theoretical Issues Relating to the Landscape and Material Culture of Ritual Space, in A T Smith and A Brookes (eds) Holy Ground: Theoretical Issues Relating to the Landscape and Material Culture of Ritual Space, BAR International Series 956, Oxford

2001 The differential use of constructed sacred space from the late Iron Age to the 4th century AD, BAR British Series 318, Oxford



Dr Alex Smith

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