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Dr Kris Lockyear
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Kris became interested in archaeology when visiting the Roman city of Verulamium at the age of 10.  Later that year he joined the Welwyn Archaeological Society at the age of 11.  Kris worked on excavations with the Society as well as with Martin Biddle at St Albans (1978) and Philip Barker at Wroxeter (1980-1984).  Having spent a year working as a professional field archaeologist, Kris undertook his undergraduate degree at Durham writing a dissertation on the site at Great Humphreys, Hertfordshire.  

Kris then spent another year working as a professional archaeologist before taking his MSc in Archaeological Computing at Southampton.  For his dissertation he undertook research on Roman Republican coin hoards which has remained one of his principal research interests ever since.

After a third year as a professional field archaeologist Kris started a PhD at UCL which built upon his earlier work on Republican hoards.  This research led him to start working in Romania and Kris took evening classes in the language.

On completion of his PhD, Kris took up a post at UCL as a researcher on the Humanities Research Council-funded Celtic Inscribed Stones Project.  Kris then took up a lectureship at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, in 1999 mainly teaching field techniques and Roman archaeology and numismatics.

In 2005, Kris attended a course on geophysics run by the National Parks Service in Chillicothe, Ohio.  Kris has attended the course every year since teaching resistance survey and other aspects of geophysics.

In 2000, Kris, in collaboration with Adrian Popescu (Cambridge) and Tim Sly (Southampton) began a field project at the major Roman and Byzantine site of Noviodunum which lies on the banks of the Danube in eastern Romania.  Major excavation seasons took place between 2005--2010.  The project is currently being written-up.

In 2009, Kris took over the Directorship of the Welwyn Archaeological Society.

Since 2013, Kris has been working with community groups undertaking geophysical surveys in Hertfordshire and nearby counties, including a major new survey of the Roman city of Verulamium.

Kris' hobbies include photography, walking and music.
Research Summary

  • Geophysical survey in archaeology.
  • Archaeological method, especially fieldwork.
  • Iron age and Roman archaeology and numismatics particularly in England and Romania.
  • Statistics in archaeology, especially Correspondence Analysis and other multivariate statistical techniques.
  • The archaeology and history of Hertfordshire.
  • Community Archaeology.

Teaching Summary

Academic Background
1996 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1989 MSc Master of Science – Archaeological Science University of Southampton
1987 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Archaeology University of Durham
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