Late Antique and Byzantine Studies


About Us

The Research Centre specialises in the archaeology, history and art history of Europe (including Britain) and the Mediterranean circa AD250-circa AD800 and of the Byzantine world circa AD 400-circa 1453. Its recent work has included studies and conferences on the archaeology of the largest Late Antique urban centres, Byzantine pilgrimage and religious sites in the Holy Land, the landscapes of Late Antique Egypt and Gaul and the end of Roman Britain.

The Research Centre hosts the Late Antiquity Research Group (although this is a separate organisation and not part of the University of Reading) and has a variety of research links with The British Museum. It has also organised conferences jointly with the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, The Hellenic Institute (Royal Holloway University London) and the Centre for Institutional Performance.

Although the main focus of its work is on the Roman (and formerly Roman) world, staff associated with the Research Centre have interests ranging geographically from Ireland to the easternmost limits of the Late Antique and Byzantine world. They work on all main categories of evidence from TintagelBuildingthese periods, currently including studies of secular and religious buildings, artefacts, burials and Latin, Greek and Celtic textual sources.

The Research Centre seeks to develop research, fieldwork and teaching links with other academic bodies and museums around the world, and welcomes suggestions regarding collaborative research or enquiries regarding its consultancy activities. All enquiries should in the first instance be addressed to the centre's Director (


Take a look at our staff list here.

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Contact us

  • Ken Dark (Director)
    The University of Reading
    PO Box 216
    Reading RG6 6AA
  • +44 (0) 118 378 7131


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