BA, MLitt, FSA, FSAScot, MIFA, FMA, FRSA
Director of CIAS and Reader in Roman Material Culture
Before becoming Director of CIAS, I was the Director of the Archaeological Museums at Newcastle University , responsible for running the Museum of Antiquities and the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology. Both these museums are now incorporated in the Great North Museum . I am an acknowledged authority on Hadrian's Wall and Roman Britain as well as the archaeology of the Sudan . I have worked extensively all over the Roman Empire, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East . I am a Trustee of many of the museum organizations along Hadrian's Wall , as well as the Hadrian's Art Trust.
My research career has been based on the study of artefacts and what they can tell us about people in the past. Finds often represent the only surviving evidence for the people of the past. My interest in them is underpinned by my appreciation that each object discovered has been designed and made by an individual who required the object themselves or saw a niche in the market for such an object. Each item will have needed time, skill and resources to produce; its final deposition can reflect the funerary or religious life of its owner or indicate the discard mechanisms and values of a civilisation, which in their turn can illuminate our understanding of lifestyles, economic life, trading links, etc.
1984 Catalogue of small finds from South Shields Roman Fort (with R.F.Miket), Newcastle upon Tyne
*1985 Coventina's Well: a Shrine on Hadrian's Wall (with B.McKay) Chollerford
1988 Excavations at Roman Corbridge: The Hoard (with M.C.Bishop), London
1988 Wal Hadriana (in Polish, translated by Katarzyna Czarnecka), Warsaw
1989 Ear-Rings in Roman Britain, Oxford
*1989 A Guide to the Inscriptions and Sculptured Stones in the Museum of Antiquities, Museum of Antiquities of the University and Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne , Newcastle upon Tyne(3 editions).
1989 Women in Roman Britain , London
*1996 Roman Jet in the Yorkshire Museum , York
2005 Women in Roman Britain (2 nd edition) York
2008 Daily Life in Roman Britain . Oxford/Westport, Connecticut
Significant papers over last five years:
*The jet industry and allied trades in Roman Britain, in Aspects of Industry in Roman
Yorkshire and the North, ed. Wilson , P., & Price, J., Oxbow. Oxford . 12-32
'Small finds' in The Roman Fort at Newcastle upon Tyne , by Snape, M., and Bidwell,
P., in , Archaeol. Aeliana 5 th series, extra volume for 2002, 211-33
The family in Roman Britain, Todd, M., A Companion to Roman Britain , 273-87.
Blackwell Publishing. Oxford . ISBN 0 631 21823 8
*Mithras on Hadrian's Wall , in Roman Mithraism: the Evidence of the Small Finds,
Ed. Martins, M., and de Boc, G., 183-9. Brussels . ISBN 90 75230 14 1
Coals to Newcastle in Image, Craft and the Classical World ed N.Crummy, 181-186.
Germs and the Roman army in Britain , in Limes XIX: Proceedings of the XIXth
International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Pécs, Hungary , September
2003, ed Zsolt Visy, 309- 313. ISBN 963 642 053 X
'The Small finds' in Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire : Archaeological Studies of a
Romano-British Roadside Settlement ed. by M.Millett. Yorkshire
Archaeological Report No. 5. 220-237, 244. Leeds . ISBN 1 9035 6465 4
'Small finds' in Elginhaugh : a Flavian Fort and its Annexe by W.S.Hanson, Britannia
Monograph Series No. 23. 396-443. London .
‘Jet and lignite objects from Grave 5090' in The Roman Roadside Settlement at
Westhawk Farm, Ashford , Kent . Excavations 1998-9. Booth, P., Bingham, A-
M, and Lawrence , S . Oxford Archaeology Monograph. Oxford . 171-4
*‘Finding the significance of finds' in Bidwell, P. Understanding Hadrian's Wall .
The Arbeia Society. South Shields . 41-7. ISBN 0 905974 82 4