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Dr Neil Christie is a British archaeologist and historian, and a Professor in Archeology at the University of Leicester.


Prior to joining the Archeology and Ancient History team at the University of Leicester in 1992, Dr Christie was both an undergraduate and doctoral student in Archeology at Newcastle upon Tyne; subsequently gaining a Rome Scholarship at the British School at Rome before being employed there to prepare a major excavation report (Santa Cornelia). Returning to Newcastle as Sir James Knott Fellow, he then held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research fellowship with the Institute of Archeology, Oxford. At Leicester he rose in the ranks to Senior Lecturer, Reader and now Professor.

Outside of the University, he is Reviews Editor for the journal Medieval Archaeology and Hon. Secretary for the Medieval Settlement Research Group, of which he was a founding member in 1987, and Reviews Editor for their journal. He also holds a position as a member of the Faculty for the British School at Rome.[1]

Current research interests & projectsEdit

In his own words.. "My principal research interests have focused on the history and archaeology of Italy and the Western Mediterranean between c. AD 300-1000, examining in particular the transition period from Roman to medieval and the evolution of settlement patterns. Central to this was my in-depth analysis of the Lombard tribe, whilst a major survey of the period (An Archeology of Italy, AD 300-850) was published in 2006. Core themes in this research include the evolution of towns and the role of defence. An additional research field relates to castle origins and growth, with Italy again the main zone of interest."

"Archaeological fieldwork forms an important component in my research profile: I directed the Cicolano Castles Project in central Italy (1991–94) centring on excavation and survey work on medieval castles and villages in the high Apennines; I co-directed the Sangro Valley Research Project (1995–2000), assessing evolving settlement patterns in eastern central Italy and excavating a medieval watchtower site; and I co-directed a project in eastern Spain (1994–96), examining post-medieval and early modern upland rural exploitation. My current project is centred on the study of the town and setting of Wallingford in south Oxfordshire and its transition from Saxon burh to Norman town. This includes geophysical and topographic survey, targeted excavations, and re-evaluations of previous watching briefs and unpublished excavations to build an image of urban emergence and development from c. AD 800-1300. A pilot project ran in 2001-4; major AHRC funding enables an extended three-year project (organised with Exeter and Oxford Universities) from 2008-10."[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • War and Warfare in Late Antiquity: Current Perspectives (Late Antique Archaeology, Volumes 8.1, 8.2). (edited, with Alexander Sarantis). Brill, Leiden, 2013.
  • Vrbes Extinctae. Archaeologies of Abandoned Classcial Towns (ed. N. Christie & A Augenti), Ashgate, Farnham, 2012.
  • Medieval Rural Settlement. Britain and Ireland, AD 800-1600, edited N. Christie & P. Stamper. Oxbow Books/Windgather Press, Oxford, 2011.
  • The Fall of the Western Roman Empire. An Archaeological and Historical Perspective. Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2010.
  • From Constantine to Charlemagne: An Archaeology of Italy, AD 300-850, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2006.NC Italy book
  • Landscapes of Change. Rural Evolutions in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, (ed. N Christie), Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004.
  • Ethnography and Archaeology in Upland Mediterranean Spain. Manolo's World: Peopling the Recent Past in the Serra de L'Altmirant, 1994–98, (edited with P Beavitt, J Gisbert Santonja, J Segui, V Gil Senis), Leicester Archaeology Monograph, 12, Leicester 2004.
  • Towns and Their Territories between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, (The Transformation of the Roman World, Volume 9), (eds. G.P. Brogiolo, N Gauthier and N Christie), ESF/Brill, Leiden, 2000.
  • Towns in Transition: From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, (eds. N Christie and S Loseby), Scolar Press, Aldershot 1996.
  • The Lombards. The Ancient Langobards, Basil Blackwell, Oxford 1995.
  • Settlement and Economy in Italy, 1500 BC - AD 1500: Papers of the Fifth Conference of Italian Archaeology, (ed. N Christie), Oxbow Monograph 41, Oxford 1995.
  • Three South Etrurian Churches: Santa Cornelia, Santa Rufina and San Liberato, (ed. N Christie), Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome, Volume 4, London 1991.



  1. ^ "Dr Neil Christie — University of Leicester". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester — University of Leicester". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Publications — University of Leicester". 18 February 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2014.