Miles Russell

Dr Miles Russell

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  • mrussell at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
  • Christchurch House C234, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Miles Russell is a senior lecturer in prehistoric and Roman archaeology.

He graduated from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1988 and worked as a field officer for the UCL Field Archaeology Unit and as a project manager for the Oxford Archaeological Unit, joining Bournemouth University in 1993. He has conducted fieldwork across the UK as well as in Germany, Sicily and Russia. He is currently director of Regnum and co-director of the Durotriges Project, both investigating the transition from the Iron Age to Roman period across SE and SW Britain and co-director of Bournemouth University's archaeological field school.

He gained his doctorate, on Neolithic monumental architecture, in 2000 and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2006.

He has authored fifteen books, including Piltdown Man: the Secret Life of Charles Dawson, Monuments of the British Neolithic: the roots of Architecture, Flint Mines in Neolithic Britain, Arthur and the Kings of Britain, Rough Quarries Rocks and Hills: John Pull and the Neolithic Flint Mines of Sussex, The Early Neolithic Architecture of the South Downs, Prehistoric Sussex, Roman Sussex, Digging Holes in Popular Culture: Archaeology and Science Fiction, Bloodline: the Celtic Kings of Roman Britain, Bignor Roman Villa (with David Rudling) and (with Stuart Laycock) UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Myth of Britannia...


Journal Articles



  • Russell, M., 2004. The Treachery of Images: Deconstructing the Neolithic Monumental Architecture of the South Downs. In: Cotton, J. and Field, D., eds. Towards a New Stone Age: Aspects of the Neolithic in South-East England. York: Council for British Archaeology.
  • Russell, M., 2002. Excavations at Mile Oak Farm. In: Rudline, D., ed. Downland Settlement and Land-use: The Archaeology of the Brighton Bypass. London: Archetype Publications, 5-81.
  • Russell, M., 2002. No More Heroes Any More: The Dangerous World of the Pop Culture Archaeologist. In: Russell, M., ed. Digging Holes in Popular Culture: Archaeology and Science Fiction. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 38-54.
  • Russell, M., 1999. Excavations at the multi-ditched enclosure on Skibrick Hill 1998. In: Darvill, T., ed. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man: fourth report: 1998. Poole, England: School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University in association with Manx National Heritage, 7-16.
  • Russell, M., 1997. NEO- “Realism?”: An alternative look at the Neolithic chalkland database of Sussex. In: Topping, P., ed. Neolithic Landscapes. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 69-76.
  • Russell, M., 1997. Relief-patterned Daub (Section Fifteen). In: Betts, I., Black, E. and Gower, J., eds. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, Volume 7: A Corpus of Relief-Patterned Tiles in Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 45-81.
  • Russell, M., 1997. Notes on the interpretation and affinities of enclosure F318/323. In: Darvill, T., ed. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man, 1996. Poole, England: Bournemouth University School of Conservation Sciences, 68-70.
  • Russell, M., 1995. Test-pitting. In: Darvill, T., ed. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man, 1995. Poole, England: Bournemouth University School of Conservation Sciences, 12-13.


  • Russell, M., 2017. Friends, Trojans, Countrymen: Arthur and the Origin Myths of Britain. In: BBC History Conference 6-8 October 2017 Winchester.
  • Russell, M., 2017. FINDING NERO – using 3D laser scanning to identify Roman emperors in British stately home collections. In: Hidden Heritage 9-10 April 2016 Dorchester, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2016. A History for Prehistory? - Rediscovering the lost voices of the British Iron Age. In: Theoretical Archaeology Conference 19-21 December 2016 Southampton University.
  • Russell, M., 2016. Digging the Durotriges: life and death in Iron Age Dorset. In: Festival of Archaeology 2016 23-24 July 2016 Salisbury.
  • Russell, M., 2016. The 'face' of Roman Britain: sculpture and meaning in the province of Britannia. In: BBC History - Roman Britain 27-28 February 2016 Bristol, MShed, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2015. Trading Places: Wessex and the Wider World (100 BC - AD 100). In: Council for British Archaeology: Trade and Crafts: The art, craft and archaeology of trade in Wessex 7-8 November 2015 Amesbury, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2015. Finding Duropolis. In: Festival of Archaeology 2015 18-19 July 2015 Salisbury Museum.
  • Russell, M., 2014. Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Lost Voice of Celtic Britain. In: BBC History Conference 16-19 October 2014 Malmesbury, Wiltshire UK.
  • Russell, M. and Cheetham, P., 2014. Rome is where the hearth is? Discovering, recording and trying to understand villas and long houses in late Roman Wessex. In: Hearth and Home: the archaeology of domestic buildings in Wessex 1-2 November 2014 Larkhill, UK.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., Smith, M., Russell, M., Cheetham, P., Hambleton, E., Manley, H. and Evans, D., 2014. Death Ways of the Durotriges: Dealing with the Dead in Late Iron Age and Early Roman Dorset. In: European Association of Archaeologists 10-14 September 2014 Istanbul, Tukey.
  • Russell, M., 2014. Finding Nero and other Roman emperors: Investigating Roman sculpture in Sussex and Roman Britain. In: Sussex Archaeology Symposium 15-16 March 2014 University of Brighton, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2014. The Durotriges Project: tribe and prejudice in later Iron Age Britain. In: Archaeology Live 2014 27 February-1 March 2014 Senate House, University of London.
  • Russell, M., 2012. Charles Dawson: A career fabricating prehistory. In: Piltdown 100 years on 18-19 December 2012 Geological Society, London.
  • Russell, M., 2012. A Brief History of Crime: the curious career, finds and ‘discoveries’ of Charles Dawson FSA. In: The Piltdown Centenary Conference: Truth and Lies from the Deep Sussex Past 22-23 September 2012 Lewes, East Sussex, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2011. Empire Down: Terminating the Roman Superstate. In: Archaeology Live 2011 25-27 February 2011 British Museum, London, UK.
  • Russell, M., 2010. Rethinking the Roman Invasion of Britain. In: Archaeology Live 2010 26-28 February 2010 British Museum, London, UK.


  • Russell, M., 1999. “Time And Relative Dimensions In Space”: Reassessing the origins, nature, significance, impact and evolution of Early Neolithic monumental architecture upon the chalk landscapes of Central South-eastern England. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University; School of Conservation Sciences.

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