Staff Profile:Professor Michael Fulford CBE FBA

Professor Michael Fulford
Job Title:
  • Director, Silchester Town Life Project
  • Director, Silchester Environs Iron Age Project
  • Director, The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain Project
  • Director, The Small Towns of Roman Britain Project
Areas of Interest:
  • Late Iron Age Settlement archaeology, Roman rural and urban archaeology, economy and trade, material culture, landscape and technology

Postgraduate Supervision:

Mike currently has two postgraduates that he supervises:

  • Sara Machin: Roman ceramic building material.
  • Adam Sutton: Late Iron Age pottery production and techniques in Southern Britain.
  • Krystyna Truscoe:Can Airborne Remote Sensing Data Contribute to a Re-Evaluation of Territorial Oppida in Southern Britain?
Research groups / Centres:

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Diet, Health and the Life Course Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Professor Michael Fulford was promoted Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading in 1988, following previous appointments as Reader (1985) and Lecturer (1974). He has served as Dean of the former Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences (1994-1997) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning (1998-2004). His principal research interests are in Roman archaeology, particularly in the fields of rural settlement, urbanism, economy, material culture, technology and trade.

He directs:

  • The Silchester Roman Town Project, which is in its nineteenth year and is currently supported by several grants, including the Calleva Foundation and the Headley Trust, and other sources of funding.
  • The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: The Leverhulme Trust is funding major projects; Evaluation of PPG 16, 'grey' literature and the rural settlement of Roman Britain, 2012-15, and 'From Roman England to Roman Britain', 2015-17, in collaboration with Professor Julian Richards and the Archaeology Data Service, University of York and Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive, Cotswolds Archaeology. 
  • The Silchester Environs Iron Age Project, 2014-19, funded by The Calleva Foundation.
  • The Small Towns of Roman Britain Project, 2015-18, funded by P.R. Chadwick.
  • The AHRC recently funded a major research project, the Samian pottery industries of Roman Gaul (2008-12) in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany.
  • The JISC recently funded VERA (Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology) in collaboration with the School of Systems Engineering at Reading, University College London and the York Archaeological Trust.

He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994 and is currently Treasurer and Vice-President, having previously served as Chair of the Committee for Academy-Sponsored Schools and Institutes. He is Chair of the Roman Research Trust and Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. He was Chair of RAE 2008 Main Panel H (Architecture and the Built Environment, Town & Country Planning, Geography and Environmental Studies, Archaeology). Mike has recently been appointed Commissioner of English Heritage and Chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee.

Professor Michael Fulford was appointed CBE in the New Years honours 2011.

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