Lindsay Allason-Jones

Lindsay Allason-Jones, OBE, FSA, FSA Scot is a British archaeologist and museum professional specialising in Roman material culture, Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain, and the presence and role of women in the Roman Empire.[1][2] She is currently a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University.[3]

Lindsay Allason-Jones
Academic background
Alma materNewcastle University (BA)
Academic work
InstitutionsNewcastle University
Museum of Antiquities
Main interests


Allason-Jones completed her undergraduate degree at Newcastle University in 1974 before working for Chelmsford Excavation Committee. She then worked for Tyne and Wear Museums Service, working on, and subsequently publishing the small finds from Arbeia Roman Fort. In 1978 she began working at the Museum of Antiquities of Newcastle University and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.[4] She became Newcastle University Director of Museums in 1998, becoming Director the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies when the museum was closed in 2009.[4] Alongside her work in the museum she was also Reader in Roman Material Culture in the Archaeology Department of Newcastle University.[5]

Between 2003 and 2006 Allason-Jones served as the President of the Royal Archaeological Institute.[6] She has also served as the President of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and still acts as the Keeper of Collections.[7] Allason-Jones was admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in January 1988,[8] and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Royal Society of Arts.[1] She was awarded an OBE for services to archaeology in 2014 in the New Year Honours List.[9] Allason-Jones retired in 2011, and in 2014 an edited volume of papers was published in her honour, containing papers covering the key themes of her career.[4]

Allason-Jones has an extensive publication record on the material culture of Roman Britain and has been involved in the research of archaeological discoveries such as the Rudge Cup,[10] the Corbridge Hoard,[11] and Coventina's Well.[12] She has appeared in several TV programmes on historical themes, including Time Team (1996-2000), Timewatch (2007), History Cold Case (2011) and Walking Through History (2014), as well as being the historical advisor on the 2011 film The Eagle.[13] In July 2012 she featured as one of the guests on an episode of In Our Time on the function of Hadrian's Wall.[14]


Allason-Jones has held many trusteeships, including:[4]

Selected publications

  • Allason-Jones L., Miket R. 1984. The Catalogue of Small Finds from South Shields Roman Fort. Newcastle upon Tyne: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Allason-Jones L., McKay B. 1985. Coventina's Well: a Shrine on Hadrian's Wall. Hexham: Trustees of the Clayton Collection.
  • Allason-Jones L., Bishop M. C. 1988. Excavations at Roman Corbridge: the hoard. London: Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England.
  • Allason-Jones L. 1989. Ear-rings in Roman Britain. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Allason-Jones L. 1996. Roman Jet in the Yorkshire Museum. York: Yorkshire Museum.
  • Allason-Jones L. 1996. 'The actress and the bishop: evidence for working women in Roman Britain'. In: Women in industry and technology from prehistory to the present day: current research and the museum experience (Proceedings from the 1994 WHAM conference). London: Museum of London. pp. 67–75.
  • Allason-Jones L. 1999. 'Health Care in the Roman North', Britannia 30, 133-146.
  • Allason-Jones L. 2000. The material culture of Hadrian's Wall. In: Limes XVIII: proceedings of the XVIIIth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Amman, Jordan: Archaeopress.
  • Allason-Jones L. 2001. Material Culture and identity. In: James, S., Millett, M, ed. Britons and Romans: Advancing an Archaeological Agenda. London: Council for British Archaeology. pp. 19–25.
  • Allason-Jones L. 2006. Women in Roman Britain. York: Council for British Archaeology.
  • Allason-Jones L. 2000. Roman Woman: Everyday Life in Hadrian's Britain. London: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd.
  • Allason-Jones L. 2012. "She Said 'Emic'", in (Duggan, M., McIntosh, F., and Rohl, D. J. (eds) TRAC 2011: Proceedings of the Twenty First Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Newcastle 2011. Oxford: Oxbow Books. pp. 4–9. doi:10.16995/TRAC2011_4_9


  1. "Lindsay Allason-Jones". Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies. 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. "Profile : Lindsay Allason-Jones". Heritage Lottery Fund. 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. "Staff Profile: Lindsay Allason-Jones OBE". Newcastle University. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. Collins, Rob; McIntosh, Frances (2014). Life in the limes : studies of the people and objects of the Roman frontiers presented to Lindsay Allason-Jones on the occasion of her birthday and retirement. Oxford: Oxbow Books. ISBN 1782972536. OCLC 858826195.
  5. Artefacts in Roman Britain : their purpose and use. Allason-Jones, Lindsay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2010. ISBN 9780521677523. OCLC 656771934.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. "Past Presidents of the Royal Archaeological Institute". Royal Archaeological Institute. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. "About Us: How SANT is Governed". Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. "Fellows Directory: Miss Lindsay Allason-Jones". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. "New Year Honours 2014: list in full". The Telegraph. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  10. Allason-Jones, Lindsay (2012). "The Rudge cup". In Breeze, David J. (ed.). The first souvenirs: enamelled vessels from Hadrian's Wall. CWAAS extra series, no.37. Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. pp. 1–136. ISBN 9781873124581.
  11. Allason-Jones, L. and Bishop, M.C. 1988: Excavations at Roman Corbridge: the Hoard, HBMCE Archaeological Report 7, London. ISBN 9781848022010
  12. L. Allason-Jones and B. McKay, 1985. Coventina's Well. Oxbow Books/The Trustees of the Clayton Collection, Chester Museum.
  13. "Lindsay Allason-Jones". IMDb. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  14. "Hadrian's Wall". In Our Time. 12 July 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
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