Archaeology and Economic Development 2012

Professor Richard Hodges

Richard Hodges OBE, FSA is the President of the American University in Rome. He was Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (2007-2012) and prior to this taught archaeology at the University of Sheffield, the University of Siena, and the University of Copenhagen. He also served as Director of the British School at Rome (1988-1995), became head of the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture (1996), and was a professor and director of the Institute of World Archaeology at the University of East Anglia (1995–2007). He has been for a number of years the Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation leading excavations there particularly into the Roman-era sites at Butrint, Albania.

Professor Hodges early interests focused on 7-9th century North Sea trade networks, emporia, their peak as settlements, and later abandonment or absorption into better-defended settlements. He has authored influential works in the field, including Dark Age Economics (1982), Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe (1983), Light in the Dark Ages: The Rise and Fall of San Vincenzo Al Volturno (1997), The Anglo-Saxon Achievement (1989) and Towns and Trade in the Age of Charlemagne (2000). More recently, he and colleagues have published technical volumes on the excavations in Butrint under the aegis of the Butrint Foundation (2011-12).

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