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Simon James, PhD is an archeologist of the Iron Age and Roman period and an author. He is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Leicester, England. His research interests are in the Roman world and its interactions with the Celts and Middle Eastern peoples.

Education and academic career

He obtained his PhD from University College London prior to entering Durham University where he was seconded to the British Museum. There he was first an archaeological illustrator before becoming a museum educator. He joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in Leicester in 2000.

Books and monographs

  • "Two Shield-bosses from Roman London" (1980), Britannia XI, 320-3.
  • Archaeology in Britain (1986), British Museum Publications.
  • Exploring the World of the Celts (1993), Thames and Hudson.
  • Britain and the Celtic Iron Age (1997), British Museum Press (with Valery Rigby)
  • The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention?, British Museum Press, 1999 (Published in the USA by The University of Wisconsin Press, 1999).
  • "Britons and Romans" (2001), CBA Research Report 125, (with M Millett)
  • "Writing the Legions: The Past, Present and Future of Roman Military Studies in Britain" (2002), Archaeological Journal 159; 1-58.
  • Excavations at Dura-Europos Final Report VII, the Arms and Armour and Other Military Equipment (2004), British Museum Press.
  • "A Bloodless Past: The Pacification of Early Iron Age Britain" (2007); In Haselgrove and Pope, The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the Near Continent, Oxbow Press.



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