Arch of Caracalla, Djemila
Arch of Caracalla, Djemila

Steve Roskams

Steve Roskams

Steve Roskams is a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at the University of York. He has a background in rescue archaeology having worked for the Museum of London and directed a number of excavations in the city, principally the large-scale Billingsgate excavation.

Steve Roskams is a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at the University of York. He has a background in rescue archaeology, having worked for UNESCO in Carthage, and for the Museum of London directing a number of excavations in the city, notably the large-scale Billingsgate excavation on the Thames waterfront. His book 'Excavation' is considered a seminal publication on fieldwork practice.

He joined York University in 1983 and subsequently worked in North Africa on both a UNESCO project in Beirut and in directing excavations of the temple complex of Aesculapius, beside the legionary fortress at Lambaesis, Algeria. More recently, he has been involved in a number of initiatives in the UK, for example the 'Dark Age beachmarket' site at Mothecombe in southwest England and a Roman temple in Wiltshire. He is currently directing excavations at the Roman fort at Malton, north of York.

What first sparked your passion for archaeology?

Being brought up in a former Roman town - Cirencester (Corinium Dobbunorum)

What does archaeology mean to you?

The opportunity to understand earlier societies using what they left for us to find, rather than via what they consciously decided to write about themselves.

What is your favourite archaeological site?

The Thames waterfront in London

Have you written any books or featured in any TV programmes?

Books on Carthage, Roman London and Excavation methods. TV programmes such as Chronicle, some time ago.


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