Peter Halkon

Dr Peter Halkon

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

a.p.halkon@hull.ac.uk

01482 466629

Dr Peter Halkon has a fascination for landscape archaeology, particularly of the later prehistoric and Roman periods.

He has directed award-winning fieldwork, co-run with Professor Martin Millett (Cambridge University) in the Foulness Valley, East Yorkshire, where discoveries included the Iron Age Hasholme logboat, large scale Iron Age iron production sites and Roman settlements (see publications).

Dr Halkon continues to lead archaeology projects in the region.

Formerly a teacher of history and archaeology, he was Education Officer for the Council for British Archaeology and York Archaeological Trust, taught part-time at Leeds and until recently ran the part-time Archaeology BA at Hull.

Research

Research Interests

  • Landscape archaeology

  • Later prehistoric and Roman periods

  • The Parisi–Iron Age and Roman East Yorkshire

  • Early iron production in Europe

  • Remote sensing (particularly aerial archaeology)

  • Computer-based virtual landscapes

Research groups

  • Former steering group member, UAUK (University Archaeology UK, formerly Subject Committee for Archaeology)

  • Peer Reviewer for the European Science Foundation, council member of the Historical Metallurgy Society and member of Comité pour la Sidérurgie Ancienne

  • Vice Chair and Programme Secretary, Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Member of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group and the Royal Archaeological Institute

  • Consultant archaeologist and coordinator: Exploring a Yorkshire Wolds Village – Nunburnholme Community Heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ferens Education Trust (2012- )

  • Co-Director - Investigation of a multi-period site near Elloughton, East Yorkshire, funded by Royal Archaeological Institute, Hull University, East Riding Archaeological Society and East Riding Archaeological Research Trust (2013- )

Publications

Halkon, P. Millett, M. and Woodhouse, H. 'Hayton, East Yorkshire: Archaeological Studies of the Iron Age and Roman landscapes'. Yorkshire Archaeological Report 7. Leeds: Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (2015)

Halkon, P. The Parisi – Britons and Romans in Eastern Yorkshire. Stroud: The History Press. (2013)

Halkon P. Archaeology and environment in a changing East Yorkshire landscape: The Foulness Valley c. 800 BC to c. AD 400. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 472 (2008)

Halkon, P. (ed) 2004 and 1999 Further light on the Parisi: recent research in Iron Age and Roman East Yorkshire. Hull: ERAS, Dept. of History, University of Hull (2004)

Halkon, P. and Millett, M. 'Rural Settlement and industry: Studies in the Iron Age and Roman archaeology of lowland East Yorkshire', Yorkshire Archaeological Report 4, Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeological Society (1999)

Full list

ResearchGate profile 

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

Level 4

  • The Archaeology of Britain

  • Archaeology, Theories, Methods and Practice

  • Classical Civilisations

Level 5
  • Research Design and GIS for Archaeologists

  • The Archaeology of Roman Britain

Level 6
  • The Parisi: Britons and Romans in Eastern Yorkshire

  • Final Year Dissertation

Research PhDs

Dr Halkon looks forward to supervising PhD and Masters students in subjects relating to Iron Age Britain, Roman Britain, early iron production and landscape archaeology.

Completed PhDs 

  • Yvonne Inall (Australia) In search of the spear people: the archaeology of Iron Age weapons and warfare in East Yorkshire in their European Context, co-supervised with Dr Malcolm Lillie (2015)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Zechariah Jinks-Fredrick (USA), Constructing Iron Age Communities: A Study on the Depositional Praxis of Iron Objects in Britain, Scotland, and Wales from 800BC-50AD

Current MA supervisions 

  • Emma Cater, MA by Thesis on Viking impact on eastern Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

  • Clare Whiteley is researching for an MA by Thesis on later prehistoric and Roman landscapes on the Yorkshire Wolds

  • Paul Carter is starting an MA by Thesis on Iron in Roman Eastern Yorkshire

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy

  • PGCE, College of Ripon and York, St John, York (1978)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Archaeology and environment in a changing East Yorkshire landscape: The Foulness Valley c. 800 BC to c. AD 400, University of Hull (2006)

  • MA by Thesis, Aspects of the Romano-British Landscape around Holme-on-Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire, University of Durham (1987)

  • BA Hons Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology, University of Liverpool (1977)

External roles

  • External examiner at the University of York School of Adult and Continuing Education and External Examiner at Edinburgh University in the Office of Lifelong Learning

  • Examined Archaeology PhDs at the Institute of Archaeology, and the universities of Edinburgh and York

  • Steering group member, UAUK (University Archaeology UK, formerly Subject Committee for Archaeology); Peer Reviewer for the European Science Foundation

  • Council member of the Historical Metallurgy Society and member of Comité pour la Sidérurgie Ancienne

  • Vice Chair and Programme Secretary, Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society

  • Former steering group member UAUK 

Awards and accolades

  • 2005 - Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)

  • 2005 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award, University of Hull, with Ian Dolphin for Valley of the First Iron Masters web site

  • 2004 - Shortlisted in the Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research (Royal Archaeological Institute, English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland held at the British Association Festival of Science (Exeter) with Warren Viant (Head of Computer Science) University of Hull

  • 2000 - Valley of First Iron Masters Project winner of Wedgewood Sponsorship Award of British Archaeological Awards

  • 1994 - Short listed in British Archaeological Awards, for fieldwork in East Yorkshire

  • 1988 - Runner-up Pitt-Rivers Award of British Archaeological Awards for the Holme Project

  • 1986 - School Teacher Fellow, University of Durham

Professional highlights