Dr John Creighton is Head of Archaeology at the University of Reading. His research centres upon Later Iron Age and Early Roman NW Europe and his fieldwork has included work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. John was Director of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2010 – 16) and he has been a trustee of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Society for the Promotion or Roman Studies.
Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) is a Roman town just south of Reading in Hampshire. John recently led a large field survey and digitisation project of the Roman town and subsequently wrote ‘Silchester: changing visions of a Roman Town’ (2016).
This project sought to provide a new overview of past work done at the site. Over 250 hectares were surveyed with high resolution gradiometery and other methods including resistivity, ground penetrating radar and gamma-ray detection. This, together with aerial photography, fieldwalking and LiDAR, has revealed significant new information about the defences, the military connection, the mortuary landscape, trade and industry, and public entertainment.
We look forward to finding out more about Silchester and comparing it to what has been discovered about Roman Aldborough in recent years.