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Dr Trevor Rowley

Dean of Degrees, Emerita/Emeritus Fellow, Fellow

BA Lond, MA MLitt Oxf, FSA, MIFA

Elected 1990; Senior Tutor 1993/4; Vice-President 1994/5; Emeritus Fellow 2000

Staff Tutor in Archaeology and Local Studies, 1969-1990; Deputy Director (Director, Public Programmes), Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, 1990-2000.

Trevor Rowley was educated at University College, London and Linacre College, Oxford.  Although originally trained as a geographer, he moved his academic interests into landscape history and archaeology and promoted a flourishing programme of teaching, fieldwork, research and publication in these areas based in the Department for Continuing Education.  He was for several years Honorary Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology and was a founding member of the Professional Institute of Field Archaeologists.  He was closely involved with Rescue excavation, directing work along the line of the M40, in Dorchester on Thames and on Thames Valley gravel sites.  For many years he directed a training excavation for continuing education students at Middleton Stoney in Oxfordshire.

He was appointed Staff Tutor in Archaeology and Local Studies in the Department for Continuing Education (then the Delegacy for Extra-Mural Studies) in 1969, and until his retirement in September 2000 was the longest serving academic in Rewley House.  In 1990 he was appointed Director of Public Programmes; he was twice Acting Director of the department.  In addition to directing Public Programmes for over a decade he directed the Oxford-Florida Programme at Christ Church and established a national professional archaeology programme based at Rewley House.  As Director of Public Programmes he was responsible for significant expansion of the Public Programme.  He was a founding Fellow of Kellogg College and was Senior Tutor in 1993/4 and Vice President in 1994/5.  He continues to teach regularly for OUDCE’s weekly class and certificate programme and summer schools as well as for Stanford in Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and former President (now Vice-President) of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society. For many year he was a guest lecturer for Swan Hellenic Cruises and now lectures on Voyages to Antiquity cruises.

He has published extensively and his books include:  The Shropshire Landscape( 1972); Landscape Archaeology (1974) with M. Aston; Villages in the Landscape (1978); The High Middle Ages (1984); The Landscape of the Welsh Marches (1986); Norman England (1997); The Normans (1999) and The 20th Century English Landscape (2006); Norman England (Shire Publications 2010); The Man Behind the Bayeux Tapestry (The History Press 2013); and An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry (Pen and Sword 2016). He is currently working on Landscapes of the Norman Conquest for Pen and Sword.

He is actively involved in an archaeological research in and around his home village of Appleton with the Appleton Area Archaeological Research Project, which involves both local society volunteers and OUDCE students.


Selected publications

  • An Archaeological Study of The Bayeux Tapestry, Pen and Sword Books, 2016
  • The Normans, Tempus (New Edition 2003)