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  • Revd Professor Martin Henig
  • Honorary Professor
  • martin.henig@arch.ox.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Martin Henig

I took my undergraduate degree in History at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and my DPhil (a thesis on Roman gems) at Worcester College, Oxford, but my most formative experience was during two years between these degrees, reading for a diploma in Roman Archaeology at the Institute.

Since then I have lectured and taught, mainly in Oxford but also at UEA, writing many papers and books on Roman art and culture especially on Roman Britain and on Ancient gemstones. I have always been interested in Medieval Archaeology and I was editor for 23 years of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association, from 1985 to 2007 and am now a vice-president of the Association and continue to take an active part in the Association’s work.

In 2007 I was presented with a Festschrift by various friends (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, 2007) which contains a complete bibliography to that date.

The Corpus of Roman Sculpture from London and South East England on which I have been working for a number of years with Penny Coombe, Francis Grew, and Kevin Hayward has at last gone to press (British Academy), as has a volume of essays in memory of John Rhodes (co-edited with Crispin Paine).

I was ordained as an Anglican priest in Oxford two years ago. Apart from archaeology I have a passion for animal ethics.

Research Interests

  • Roman and Medieval Art and Culture
  • Religion


  • ‘The mosaic pavements: their meaning and social context’. Pp.253-264 in B.Cunliffe, The Roman Villa at Brading, Isle of Wight. The excavations of 2008-10 (OUSA monograph 77, Oxford 2013) also ‘finger ring’, pp.216-7 no.2.8
  • ‘By Divine Decree: Roman sculpture from north-east England’. Pp.18-33 in J.Ashbee and J.Luxford, Newcastle and Northumberland, Roman and Medieval Architecture and Art (British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions XXXVI (Leeds 2013)
  • MH with Penny Coombe, ‘Roach Smith and the antiquities of London : the sculptures’. Pp.127-131 in H.Wiegel and M.Vickers, Excalibur: Essays on Antiquity and the History of Collecting in honour of Arthur MacGregor (BAR.Int.Ser.2512, Oxford 2013)
  • M.H. with E.Black, J.Edgar and K.M.J.Hayward, ‘A new sculpture of Iphigenia in Tauris’, in Britannia 43, 2012, 243-249
  • ‘Ivory plaque of Cupid’, p.118;’Bronze fragment’, p.119; ‘an Achaemenid cylinder seal’,pp.123-124; ‘The gemstones’, pp.124-130 in B.Philp, The Discovery and Excavation of the Roman Shore-Fort at Dover, Kent (Kent Archaeologiical Rescue Unit, Dover 2012)
  • ‘From Romano-British hero to patron-saint of England: the transformations of Bellerophon and his Chimaera’, pp.139-52 in G.Carlotta Cianferoni, M.Iozzo and E.Setari, Myth, Allegory, Emblem. The many lives of the Chimaera of Arezzo. Proceedings of the International Colloquium. Malibu. The J. Paul Getty Museum (December 4-5, 2009) (Rome 2012)
  • ‘Workshops, artists and patrons in Roman Britain’, pp.113-128 in T.M. Kristensen and B.Poulsen, Ateliers and Artisans in Roman Art and Archaeology (JRA Supp.ser.92, Portsmouth R.I, 2012)
  • ‘Newstead and the art of the Roman frontier’, pp.152-166 in F.Hunter and L.Keppie, A Roman Frontier Post and its people. Newstead 1911-2011 (National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh 2012)
  • ‘Souvenir or votive? The Ilam pan’, ARA. The Bulletin of the Association for Roman Archaeology 20 (2010/11),pp.13-15
  • ‘The fate of late Roman towns’. Pp.515-33 in H.Hamerow, D.A.Hinton and S.Crawford, The Oxford handbook of Anglo-Saxon archaeology (Oxford 2011)
  • M.H. with Helen Molesworth, ‘Love and Passion. Personal cameos in LateAntiquity from the Content Collection’. Pp.179-185 in C.Entwistle and N.Adams, ‘Gems of Heaven’. Recent research on engraved gemstones in Late Antiquity c. AD 200-600 (British Museum, London 2011)
  • M.H. and N.Ramsay (eds), Intersections: The archaeology and history of Christianity in England 400-1200. Papers in honour of Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle’ ( Archaeopress, Oxford 2010)
  • M.H. and Anthea Harris, ‘Hand-washing and foot-washing, sacred and secular, in Late Antiquity and the early Medieval period’, pp,25-38 in Henig and Ramsay, Intersections.
  • The Heirs of King Verica. Culture and Politics in Roman Britain ( 2nd edition Amberley Books,Stroud 2010. 1st edn.2002)
  • ‘Roman sculpture from the Hadrian’s Wall region’, pp.155-161 in M.F.A. Symonds and D.J.P. Mason, Frontiers of Knowledge. A research framework for Hadrian’s Wall. Part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site I. Resource Assessment (Durham University and English Heritage 2009)
  • M.H. with J,Bayley, B.Croxford and B.Watson, ‘A gilt-bronze arm from London’, Britannia 40,2009,pp.151-62
  • ‘Gem workshops in the provinces :Roman Britain’, pp.141-148 in G.Sena Chiesa and E.Gagetti, Aquileia e la glittica di età ellenistica e romana (Trieste 2009)
  • ‘Engraved Gems in the Roman World’, pp.316-8 and many catalogue entries in exhibition catalogue The art of gem engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon III (Hakone Open-Air Museum; Fukuoka City Museum,2008)
  • ‘The re-use and copying of ancient intaglios set in medieval personal seals mainly found in England: an aspect of the Renaissance of the 12th century’, pp.25-34 in N.Adams, J.Cherry and J.Robinson, Good Impressions: Image and authority in Medieval seals (British Museum, London,2008)
  • ‘Gems from the collection of Henry, Prince of Wales, and Charles I’, pp.268-281 in K.A.Piacenti and J.Boardman, Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen (Royal Collections,London,2008)
  • ‘Intaglios from Roman London’, pp.226-238 in J.Clark, J.Cotton, J.Hall, R.Sherris and H.Swain, Londinium and beyond. Essays on Roman London and its hinterland for Harvey Sheldon (Council for British Archaeology, York 2008)
  • ‘Mosaics in Hampshire villas’, pp.129-33 in B.Cunliffe (ed), The Danebury environs Roman programme. A Wessex landscape during the Roman era 1 overview; .’The mosaic floors’, pp.60,62 in Cunliffe and C.Poole (eds), The Danebury environs Roman programme. 2 Grateley ; ‘The significance of the mosaic floors’.pp.52-54 in Cunliffe and Poole (eds), The Danebury environs Roman programme. 3 Fullerton; ‘Description of the mosaic’,pp.38-42 in Cunliffe and Poole (eds), The Danebury environs Roman programme. 4 Thruxton ‘comments on the mosaics’, pp.51-52, ‘the signet ring’, pp.144-146; ‘a brooch from Abbots Ann’, p.146 in Cunliffe and Poole (eds), The Danebury environs Roman programme. 7 Dunkirt Barn, Abbotts Ann (English Heritage and Oxford University School of Archaeology 2008)
  • ‘”And did those feet in ancient times” :Christian churches and pagan shrines in south-east Britain’, pp.191-205 in D.Rudling (ed), Ritual Landscapes of Roman South-East Britain (Oxbow Books,Oxford 2008)
  • A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones from British Sites (BAR Brit.ser 8, 3rd edn,2007)
  • M.H. and T.J.Smith (eds), Collectanea Antiqua: Essays in Memory of Sonia Chadwick Hawkes (Archyaeopress,Oxford.BAR Int.ser 1673, 2007)
  • ‘Historical Archaeology and the British Archaeological Association’, pp.17-25 in Henig and Smith, Collectanea Antiqua
  • ‘The Victory gem from Lullingstone Roman villa’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 160,2007, 1-7
  • ‘“The race that is set before us”: The athletic ideal in the aesthetics and culture of early Roman Britain’, pp.449-64 in C.Gosden, H.Hamerow, P.de Jersey, and G.Lock, Communities and Connections. Essays in honour of Barry Cunliffe (Oxford 2007)
  • MH with E.Hartley, J.Hawkes and F.Mee, Constantine the Great.York’s Roman Emperor (York 2006). Co-edited with two chapters and many catalogue entries
  • MH with A.MacGregor, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger-rings in the cAshmolean Museum II.Roman (BAR Int ser 1332 and Beazley Archive 2004)

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