Martin Henig (born 22 March 1942) is a British archaeologist, ethicist, and Anglican clergyman. He is a senior member of Wolfson College, Oxford.[1]

The Reverend Henig in 2019

Early life and education


He was born on 22 March 1942 at Harrow, Middlesex.[2] He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and Worcester College, Oxford.

Archaeological career


His main field of interest is Roman art, especially engraved gems; he has also published widely on Roman religion, Roman Britain, and Roman sculpture. From 1985 to 2007 he was editor of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association.[3]

Academic recognition


His contributions were honoured in 1998 by Oxford University, which awarded him the higher degree of Doctor of Letters. In 2007 he was presented with a Festschrift.[4] On 3 March 1975, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[5]

Church and ethics activities


Having trained at St Stephen's House, Oxford, Henig was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2010 and as a priest in 2011.[6] From 2010 to 2018, he was a non-stipendiary minister at St Frideswide's Church, Osney in the Diocese of Oxford.[6][7] He has held permission to officiate in the Diocese of Oxford since 2018.[6]

He is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. He was a founder member of Voice for Ethical Research in Oxford, a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics,[8] and is vice-president of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals.[9]


  1. ^ "Wolfson College, Oxford".
  2. ^ "Revd. Professor Martin Henig". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Council & Officers - British Archaeological Association".
  4. ^ Pagans and Christians – from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Papers in honour of Martin Henig, presented on the occasion of his 65th birthday, edited by Lauren Gilmour. BAR International Series 1610, 200
  5. ^ "Dr Martin Henig". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b c "Martin Edward Henig". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  7. ^ Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals
  8. ^ "Fellows - Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics".
  9. ^ "Our Team".