Institute of Archaeology

Dr Andrew Gardner

Dr Andrew Gardner

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2004

Research summary

Andrew Gardner’s research interests include.

The Roman world and early Medieval Europe, especially Britain. 

The dynamics of imperialism are of particular interest here, and also the reception of ideas associated with the Roman empire in Medieval and later times.

Social theory in archaeology, including approaches to social and cultural identity, time-concepts, and human interaction with material culture.

Uses of texts and material culture in historical archaeologies.

Cultural change and the ‘collapse’ of states and ‘civilizations’.

Approaches to violence and warfare in past societies.

The history of Anglo-American archaeological thought in a global context.

Teaching summary

Andrew’s teaching interests lie in both Roman archaeology and archaeological theory, and encompass both undergraduate and Masters-level courses. He contributes to the following modules on a regular basis:

‘Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology’ (MA); 

‘Archaeology and Ethnicity’ (MA)

‘Roman Britain: History and Archaeology’ (UG2/3);

‘Current Issues in Archaeological Theory’ (UG2);

‘Past Societies’ (UG1);

‘Introduction to Roman Archaeology’ (UG1).

 He also supervises PhD students on a wide range of topics.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2001
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1997
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1995


Dr Andrew Gardner is Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of the Roman Empire in the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Andrew took all of his degrees at the Institute, from 1992-2001, with a year out working in commercial archaeology (and a record store!) in 1995-6. Following completion of his doctorate, Andrew worked in various capacities at the Institute until 2003, when he took up two part-time posts simultaneously, teaching at the University of Leicester and co-ordinating archaeology programmes at the School of Continuing Education at Reading University. Then, in 2004-5, Andrew was a Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at Cardiff University, on a fixed-term contract, after which he joined UCL.

Andrew has published widely on Roman archaeology and archaeological theory, and excavated at sites all over the UK. Most recently, he co-directed excavations in the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon, with Dr Peter Guest of Cardiff University. Having taught extensively in adult education earlier in his career, and been involved in a range of public engagement activities at Caerleon, Andrew is passionate about the communication of archaeology to different audiences, and this is reflected in his involvement with organisations such as the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (currently a member of the Schools Committee) and CASPAR (the Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology). He also co-ordinates a research network on the theme of ‘Archaeology and Empire’ at the Institute of Archaeology.