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  Honorary President   Professor John Wilkes: BA, Phd, FBA, FSA.   

In November 2009 the ARA Board of Trustees invited Professor John Wilkes to become our Honorary President, succeeding the late Dr Graham Webster. John was formally introduced to members at the 2009 AGM at the British Museum, and has attended several Association functions since.

John studied Ancient History and Archaeology at University College London, where he graduated with a BA, going on to obtain his Phd. at Durham University. He became Research Fellow at Birmingham University between 1961-63, and was appointed assistant lecturer in history and archaeology at Manchester in 1963-64, before returning to Birmingham; becoming senior lecturer in 1971. In 1974 he returned to the Institute of Archaeology in London as Professor of the Roman Provinces and in 1992 was appointed Yates Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology which he held untill his retirement in 2001.

John is a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the Society of Antiquaries, Honorary Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, (being the 'Britannia' editor from 1980-84). John was also Chairman of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters, at the British School at Rome between 1979-83.

John's excavations have included Housteads Fort on Hadrian's Wall, Carpow Legionary base in Perthshire. the Wilderness Plantation fortlet on the Antonine Wall and along with Professor Sheppard Frere undertook a major excavation at Strageath Fort in Perthshire between 1973-86 and 1989.

Professor Wilkes' archaeological career has also focused extensively on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, resulting in a number of publications; 'Dalmatia' (1969), 'Diocletian's Palace', Split, (2nd ed 1986) and 'The Illyrians' (1992).

John has continued to work in archaeology, examining theses for the University of Oxford and his own studies continue to focus on the Danube lands and the Balkans. A survey of recent research on the Roman Danube appeared in the 'Journal of Roman Studies' in 2005. He is currently working on an epigraphical and archaeological study of Greek-Latin linguistics and cultural frontiers in the Balkans, between the Adriatic and the Black sea.

 
  Chairman and Bulletin Editor   Grahame Soffe: BA   

Grahame was nominated Chair to the association at its inception in 1996. He had worked with the Royal Commision on Historical Monuments for England / English Heritage as a professional archaeologist for 20 years, specialising in field and aerial survey. He has been involved in numerous national and local surveys and is co-director of the research and excavation project on the Iron Age and Roman temple complex on Hayling Island. He lectures on archaeology at several colleges and universities and is extensively involved in the research, editing and writing up of excavation reports. Grahame is the principle editor of, ARA: The 'Bulletin of The Association for Roman Archaeology', and frequently collaborates in the managment of the association's educational tours both in the U.K. and overseas; being on occasion the tour leader.

 
  Director and Secretary   Bryn Walters: BA   

Bryn is the founding Director of the Association, having previously founded 'The Roman Reseach Trust', which he established when excavating the extensive Roman villa at Littlecote Park near Hungerford between 1978 - 1992; the most intensive and continuous excavation of a Roman villa ever undertaken in Britain. It was initially sponsored by Sir Seton Wills, and in the final years by the business entrepreneur Peter de Savary.

Regarded as a maverick by many colleagues (a title he is extremely fond of), he specialises in Roman rural architecture and villa interpretation, and has been responsible for some very significant discoveries through fieldwork over the years. Bryn spent eights years in his brothers building company where he gained a great deal of experience in Structural Technology, which was to prove invaluable in years to come when interpreting the remains of Roman buildings. He ultimately left the construction trade in order to travel and joined the Merchant Navy which provided the opportunity to visit ancient sites and museums, especially around the Mediterranean and North America. On leaving the Merchant Navy he entered Art School for four years, gaining its highest Distinction in Graphic Art and Design. He then went to the University of Wales from which he graduated with honours in archaeology in 1977. Before starting the Littlecote Project, he collaborated with Professor Peter Fowler, then at Bristol University, to write up the archaeology of the sites destroyed by the Wiltshire section of the M4 Motorway (published in 1981).

He has excavated widely in Britain, and published several research papers at home and abroad. He was for three years visiting lecturer to the University of Bath where he taught Romano-British Archaeology and Egyptology, a subject he has read with passion since childhood, and has conducted tours to Pharaonic and Roman sites along the Nile. Having spent a short time in the Merchant Navy in his youth, and having a passion for the sea, in more recent years has been involved in Maritime Archaeology; organising a national conference, 'Britannia' The Maritime Links, at the Museum of London in 1997. Currently, as well as his marine research, he is working on writing-up reports on his past excavations and discoveries, as well as research papers on a variety of Roman subjects.

 
  Vice Chairman and Educational Events Coordinator   Mike Stone. BA. Cert Ed, MITG.   

Mike graduated from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London and specialised in the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces. He has excavated in London, Essex, Wiltshire, Italy and France and has worked in museums in London, Burton-on Trent, Swindon, Cricklade and Chippenham. He has also lectured in archaeology, heritage and tourism for the Universities of Bournmouth and Bath Spa, along with archaeology at FE colleges in London, Stevenage, Chippenham and Lackham. After retirement from Chippenham Museum as Curator/Manager he currently works as a freelance lecturer/tour manager for UK based specialist heritage providers. Mike has guided groups in many of the European countries and works as a specialist archaeological and history lecturer for the European cruise market. He uses his archaeological and tour experience to both plan and coordinate educational visits for ARA members in association with Graham Soffe and Anthony Beeson.

 
  Treasurer   Andrew Hemmings. BSc., ACIB, FSA (Banking)   

Andrew has been a staunch supporter and member of the association since it was founded and was formally elected to the Board of Trustees at the AGM in November 2011. His career for more than 25 years has been in the world of banking, holding a variety of managerial roles and is currently a Treasury Sales specialist for Santander Global Banking and Markets. Andrew was formally voted as Treasurer of The Association for Roman Archaeology in 2011.

 
    Sam Moorhead, BA (H.Hons), PGCE, MPhil, FSA   

Sam Moorhead was awarded a scholarship to read Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here, he published his first book on numismatics and has written numerous articles on Roman coin hoards and site-finds ever since. He won his MPhil from UCL for a study of Roman coins in Wiltshire. He has participated on excavations in Italy, Albania and the Near East and worked on the pottery at Tel Jezreel that led to the radical reappraisal of Iron Age chronology in Palestine. He specialises in the world of late antiquity across the Roman world, including the neighbouring cultures to the east.

For many years he taught archaeology and ancient history before joining the British Museum as Staff Lecturer in Archaeology, in 1997. He was on the team that made the award-winning Virtually the Ice Age website for Creswell Crags. As Head/Curator of Interpretation, he worked on some major exhibitions such as Mummy, the Inside Story, Michelangelo and Persia, the latter involving work in Iran. He is currently National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman coins with the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum. He is writing a major new edition of the Roman Imperial Coinage series for the British emperors Carausius and Allectus, and is coordinating the cataloguing and publication of the 52,500 coins in the Frome Hoard. He serves on several archaeological and numismatic committees and has been Chairman of the Palestine Exploration Fund for whom he published the work of Leonard Woolley and T. E. Lawrence in the Negeb Desert, The Wilderness of Zin.

He has written several books, most recently The Roman Empire (British Museum Press), AD 410, The Year that Shook Rome (with David Stuttard for the British Museum Press) and The Frome Hoard (with Anna Booth and Roger Bland for the British Museum Press), The Romans who Shaped Britain (with David Stuttard, Thames and Hudson) and 31 BC Antony, Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt (with David Stuttard, British Museum Press). He was elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 2007, and was voted 'Archaeologist of the Year' by readers of Current Archaeology in 2011.

 
  Research Advisor   Professor, The Reverend Martin Henig, Phd. FSA.   

Martin lectures on Roman Art for the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Wolfson College. He is the acknowledged authority on Roman and Greek gemstones in Britain. Among the more recent popular publications he has written is, 'The Art of Roman Britain' (1995) and the 'Heirs of King Verica' (2002), both of which are eclipsed by his huge amount of academic monographs and individual papers on Romano-British art and sculpture. Martin was one of the editors of the catalogue for the exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in 2006, 'Constantine the Great; York's Roman Emporer'; a subject he is very fond of contradicting. Martin is also completing a major review of sculpture from Roman Britain. Ever a popular academic, Martin is at present editing the ARA / British Museum conference papers on 'Roman Villas in Britain; a Retrospective'; to be published in 2013.

 
  Archivist   Anthony Beeson   

Anthony has been Art Librarian at Bristol Central Library since 1972, having previously worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art library. He is a noted classical iconographer and has written and lectured on Romano British art. His interests encompass ancient sculpture, mosaics, painting, furnishings and architecture. In 2000, he reassembled the 'lost' Orpheus mosaic from Newton St. Loe in the entrance hall at Bristol City Museum. Anthony has been passionately interested in ancient art since childhood. Anthony currently records and analyses incoming press and media reports on Roman art and archaeolgy in a special column in 'ARA News', keeping members up to date with discoveries they might otherwise miss.

 
  Membership Secretary   John Bithell OBE   

Commander J. Bithell OBE, Royal Navy; was after almost 40 years service, placed early onto the retired list, following a series of cardiac problems in 1994. This enabled him to return to his school day interests via his membership of the Dorset Archaeological Society. His practical archaeological experience was enhanced at the Bestwall Quarry multi-period site, where he was involved in excavating the Romano-British Black Burnished Ware kilns and production centre from the early 1st century. He was also associated with the Nothe Fort Museum in Weymouth, both as volunteer and eventually Chairman for 14 years; overseeing a £2.4 million refurbishment. John is currently managing the incoming and renewing membership with the Director, and is responsible for monitoring the Gift Aid contributions to the charity.

 
  Head of I.T. and Communications   Vix Hughes   

Vix is a full time professional, commercial archaeologist; is an AIfA member, with an MSc and BA in archaeology. She currently works as a Project Officer for Oxford Archaeology South. For over 15 years she has been involved in all aspects of excavating, recording, surveying and post-ex processing and writing up of archaeological remains. Work on Roman sites has included a 4 month excavation 1km south of Cirencester in 2009; a six week Romano-British excavation near Armthorpe, South Yorkshire; 2 months on the vicus site at Kirkby Thore; and large scale works on complex Roman urban sites in Lancaster and Carlisle.