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William S Hanson

Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Glasgow

My primary research interest focuses on the character and development of Roman frontiers and on Roman interaction with indigenous peoples in frontier zones, particularly in Scotland and Romania. In pursuing those interests I have conducted excavations at various sites in northern England and Scotland, most notably at the Flavian auxiliary fort at Elginhaugh.

My secondary focus is on aerial and satellite archaeology, particularly methodological approaches and applications. To that end I have undertaken wide-ranging aerial survey in the western Lowlands of Scotland and, over the last 15 years, in various parts of Romania (Western Transylvania, North and Southern Dobrogea and Western Muntenia). I am currently involved in the analysis of satellite imagery from Southern Dobrogea and LiDAR data from Western Transylvania.

I have published extensively on these various topics over the last 35 years (though only those articles and books published since 2007 are listed here).

Current research projects include:

1. Post-excavation analysis of the Roman fort, fortlet and civil settlement at Croy Hill on the Antonine Wall, funded by Historic Scotland

2. Post-excavation analysis of the multi-period cropmark remains at Monktonhall, Inveresk, funded by Historic Scotland.

3. Archaeolandscapes Europe. This pan-European network of archaeological remote sensing experts seeks to increase public appreciation and understanding of the archaeological landscape of Europe through the application and sharing of skills and experience in airborne and other forms of remote sensing. I am contributing to several focal areas including: securing the better exploitation of existing aerial photographic archives; promoting aerial survey for landscape exploration in Eastern Europe; and exploring the uses of LiDAR and satellite remote sensing. This project is funded by the European Commission.


  • –present
    Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Glasgow


  • 2013
    Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives., Springer