Alison MacDonald

Equality/Harassment Officer,

Supernumerary Fellow

Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology

Department for Continuing Education

Alison is a Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology at the Department for Continuing Education. She received her BA in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History from Sheffield University (1989) and her doctorate from Oxford University (2003). Her research interests lie in Roman landscape archaeology and Roman ceramics, and her fieldwork is in central Italy, where she has worked on a number of landscape archaeology projects.

Alison is the Course Director for the Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology and Diploma in British Archaeology, and she runs the Archaeology Weekly Class and Weekend programme. She also runs one of the papers of the MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology.

Alison’s work has focussed on the analysis of the Roman-period ceramics to further our understanding of changing settlement, society and economy. She is interested in the methodology of surface survey and how ceramic data inform on wider debates concerning the impact of Rome on towns and territories, and changes in rural communities and farming practices under the Empire and into Late Antiquity.

She has authored a short online course on ‘Exploring Roman Britain’, and teaches this on a regular basis. Much of her current research is concerned with the study of Roman material culture and supply networks, society identity and ‘Becoming Roman’ in the province of Britannia.

Alison is also involved in the Certificate of Higher Education; she is the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the Assessor for Archaeology.