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Dr John Pearce

Dr John Pearce

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2252
Address Department of Classics
C2, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



After a first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology (Cambridge) and MA in Roman archaeology (Durham) my doctoral thesis Roman examined provincial burial practice (Durham). I worked at Oxford as research assistant on the Vindolanda writing tablets project and online editions of ancient documents before coming to King’s in 2003.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire, especially Rome's north-west provinces and Roman Italy
  • Archaeology of death and burial
  • Archaeology of documents and literacy
  • Archaeology of Roman and pre-Roman landscapes

My research interests lie in Roman archaeology, especially Italy and the provinces of north-western Europe. I am especially interested in funerary evidence as a source for understanding Roman society, including commemorative memorials, burial rituals and the remains of the dead themselves. From 2002-2007 I co-directed a survey project in the Marche region of Italy, which explored the urbanisation process in an upland landscape, characterised by spectacular Iron Age tombs and a dense network of Roman towns. I maintain an interest in Roman frontiers and the archaeology of documents.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in:

  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • Archaeology of the dead
  • Roman Britain

For more details please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • G Cook, G H Jackson, G J Morgan, N Russell, K Kirkland, J Lee, R Pearce, D I Marks, A Pagliuca (2011)  'The outcome of high-dose chemotherapy and auto-SCT in patients with multiple myeloma: a UK/Ireland and European benchmarking comparative analysis' Bone Marrow Transplantation, 46 (9), pp. 1210-1218.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • W A Stewart, R Pearce, K E Kirkland, A Bloor, K Thomson, J Apperley, G McQuaker, D I Marks, C Craddock, S McCann, N Russell, G Cook, P D Kottaridis (2010)  'The role of allogeneic SCT in primary myelofibrosis: a British Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation study' Bone Marrow Transplantation, 45 (11), pp. 1587-1593.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Richard Pearce, C Riva, M Pretzler (2005) 'The Upper Esino Valley Survey: methods and interpretation in a transitional landscape', in Papers in Italian Archaeology VI. Communities and Settlements from the Neolithic to the early medieval period. Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Italian Archaeology held at the University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology, Netherlands, April 15-17 2003,  pp. 1016-1023
  • Richard John Pearce (2004)  'Archaeology, writing tablets and literacy in Roman Britain' Gallia, 61, pp. 43-51.
    [Article in print Journal]

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


I teach a range of topics in Roman archaeology to undergraduates, from modules covering the entire sweep of Roman art, architecture and material culture to more specialized modules on the archaeology and history of Roman Britain, frontiers and Rome's western provinces, the city of Rome and ancient spectacle culture including the circus and gladiatorial arena.

At MA level I also teach dedicated modules on Britain and neighbouring provinces, the societies and culture of Roman frontiers and (with colleagues) on Latin Epigraphy.

Expertise and Public Engagement
  • Chair of MA programme board, Department of Classics
  • First year tutor, Department of Classics
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (elected 2007)
  • Member, Institute of Classical Studies Library Committee and Roman Society grants panel
  • Honorary secretary, Roman Research Trust


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