Staff Profile:Dr John Creighton

Dr John Creighton
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • Imagery and the negotiation of power
  • Coinage and commodification
  • Urban landscapes and social memory
  • Ancient viticulture and the wine trade

Postgraduate supervision

John is currently supervising the following project:

  • Visual Culture and 'decoration' in Iron Age Britain: seeing beyond metal.

John is happy to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in any area of Iron Age or Roman studies, particularly areas involving aspects of coinage, economy, urban development, landscape survey and geophysical prospection. For further information, please contact Dr Creighton.

Research groups / Centres:

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Landscape, Climate and Lived Environment Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Dr. John Creighton's research centres upon Later Iron Age and Early Roman NW Europe. His books include: 'Silchester: changing visions of a Roman Town' (2016);  'Britannia: the creation of a Roman Province' (2005); 'Coins & Power in Late Iron Age Britain' (2000), Celti: the archaeology of a Hispano-Roman Town in Baetica (with Simon Keay and Jose Remesal, 2001), and he has co-edited the volume Roman Germany: Studies in Cultural Interaction (1999).

His fieldwork has included work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. Including projects with Colin Haselgrove and Tom Moore, examining the landscape in the vicinity of the Iron Age oppidum of Mont Beuvray (Bibract) and the Roman town of Autun in Burgundy; and also a large fieldsurvey and digitisation project of the Roman town and hinterland of Silchester (Hampshire) leading to a major reinterpretation and synthesis of the site.

John is currently engaged on a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2020-22) 'Money and the rise of inequality and the market in northern Europe' which sees him returning to writing about the nature of coinage and society in the Iron Age and Roman period.

John was seconded from 2005-10 to direct the University's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in a project enhancing linkage between teaching and research, both at Reading and across the HE sector. He initiated the University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. He is a National Teaching Fellow.

He was Director the Society of Antiquaries of London (2010-16) and has been a trustee of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and has sat on the grant awarding committees of all those organisations.

Research Projects:


John teaches at all levels from Part 1 to Masters, including modules on Iron Age, Roman and the nature of money.

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Other Publications

John Creighton (2011) Review of 'Becoming Roman, Being Gallic, Staying British' by S. Trow, S. James and T. Moore. In Britannia, volume 42, pp 491-492. doi: 10.1017/S0068113X11000328

Creighton, J. (2000) Coins and Power in Late Iron Age Britain, Cambridge University Press, 249pp

Keay, S. Creighton, J. & Remesal, J. (2000) Celti. The Archaeology of a Hispano-Roman Town in Baetica. Survey and Excavations 1987-1992. Oxbow Books: Oxford.254pp

Creighton, J. & Wilson, R.J.A. (Eds.) (1999) Roman Germany: Studies in Cultural Interaction. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 32: Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 248pp

BA PhD (Durham) FSA

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7364

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