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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

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

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

In 2007 he 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.

He has recently completed ‘The Corpus of Roman Sculpture from London and South East England’ on which he worked for a number of years with Penny Coombe, Francis Grew, and Kevin Hayward.

Martin was ordained as an Anglican priest in Oxford two years ago.

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)

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