Institute of Archaeology


On Empire's Edge: frontiers and borderlands in Roman archaeology - and beyond

26 April 2023, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

Landscape photo of a wall (Roman) crossing fields

Professor Andrew Gardner (UCL Institute of Archaeology) will give his Inaugural Lecture at UCL on 26 April.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Prof Andrew Reynolds


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

This event has been rescheduled from 15 March 2023. 


Roman archaeology has often been seen as one of the more traditional sub-fields in the discipline, rooted in visions of an imperial past out-of-step with the 21st century. In this lecture, the critical developments in the field over the last thirty years will be reviewed through the lens of frontier archaeology, showing how new insights into border processes can, in fact, inform very contemporary debates about identities, boundaries, and social transformation in the coming decades. In a world still strongly shaped by the legacies of empire, Roman archaeology has much to offer to the understanding of these issues. 

About the Speaker

Andrew Gardner

Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr Andrew Gardner (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Andrew Gardner has research interests in Roman archaeology and archaeological theory, particularly issues of power, identity, and social change. In addition to teaching across these fields, Andrew is active in the wider discipline, and currently co-Chairs University Archaeology UK, the subject body for archaeology in British universities.

Andrew studied at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, then worked in Reading, Leicester and Cardiff, before returning as a lecturer from 2005.

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