If you are interested in knowing more about the impact of Britain’s Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval pasts on contemporary identities, this is the place to look. We are regularly updating this page with our publications, useful links and other relevant resources.
Our project started in the summer of 2016, and we will be sharing our outputs and results as we go along.
Books and special issue
- Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) (2021) Heritage in a World of Big Data. Special Theme Issue of Big Data and Society. https://journals.sagepub.com/page/bds/collections/heritageinworldbigdata.
- Bonacchi, C. (forthcoming, 2021) Heritage and Nationalism: Using Big Data to Deconstruct Populist Narratives. London: UCL Press.
- Hingley. R. (forthcoming, 2021) Children of Ocean: the conquest of Roman Britain. New York, OUP.
- Hingley. R., Bonacchi, C., Sharpe, K. and Yarrow, T. (forthcoming, 2021) The Making of Heritage: Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain.
Journal articles and book chapters
- Bonacchi, Chiara. 2021. Heritage Transformations. Big Data & Society 8 (2): 205395172110343. https://doi.org/10.1177/20539517211034302.
- Bonacchi, Chiara, and Marta Krzyzanska. 2021. Heritage-Based Tribalism in Big Data Ecologies: Deploying Origin Myths for Antagonistic Othering. Big Data & Society 8 (1): 205395172110033. https://doi.org/10.1177/20539517211003310.
- Hingley, R. 2021. Assessing How Representation of the Roman Past Impacts Public Perceptions of the Province of Britain. Public Archaeology, August, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/14655187.2021.1947064.
- Hingley, R. (2020) Hadrian’s Wall: An allegory for British disunity. In: F. Kaminski-Jones and R. Kaminski-Jones, eds. Celts, Romans and Britons: Classical and Celtic Influences in the Construction of British Identities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 201–21.
- Hingley, R. (2020) ‘Egalitarianism and the southern British Iron Age’, in B. X. Currás and I. Sastre (eds) Alternative Iron Ages. London, Routledge, 109–26.
- Bonacchi, C. and Krzyzanska, M. (2019) Digital research re-theorised: ontologies, epistemologies and ethics in a world of big data. International Journal of Cultural Heritage Studies 25(12): 1235-1247. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2019.1578989.
- Mac Sweeney, N. et al. (2019) Claiming the Classical: The Greco-Roman World in Contemporary Political Discourse. Council of University Classical Departments Bulletin 48(19). https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2019/02/MAC-SWEENEY-ET-AL-Claiming-the-Classical.pdf.
- Bonacchi, C., Altaweel, M. and Krzyzanska, M. (2018) The heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social media. Journal of Social Archaeology 18(2): 174-192. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605318759713.
- Bonacchi, C. (2018) Public Archaeology cannot just ‘fly at dusk’: reality and complexities of generating public impact. Antiquity 92(366): 1659-1661. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.231.
- Hingley, R., Bonacchi, C., and Sharpe, K. (2018) ‘Are you local?’ The ‘indigenous’ Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman population: Then, now and in-between. Britannia 49: 283-302.https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X18000016.
- Hingley, R. (2018) Frontiers and mobilities: The Frontiers of the Roman Empire and Europe. European Journal of Archaeology 21(1): 78-95.
- Hingley, R. (2018) Images of Rome: Classical Rome and the United Kingdom, 1880 to 1930. In Antigüiedad clásica y naciones modernas en el Viejo y el Nuevo Mundo. Duplá Ansuategui, Antonio, Dell’ Elicine, Eleonora & Pérez Mostaza, Jonatan Ediciones Polifemo. 211-226.
- Bonacchi, C., Hingley, R., and Yarrow, T. (2016) Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain. Archaeology International: 54-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1909.
- Templates of crowdsourcing applications and other code developed for this project, available on our GitHub account.
- The events we have been organising are presented in our Events page.
Resources for site managers and community heritage groups
- Hingley, Richard (2020): Iron Age and Roman ancient monuments and open-air museums that are available to visit in England, Scotland and Wales, Ancient Identities Output . figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12807236.v1
- Hingley, Richard (2020): Iron Age/Celtic re-enactment groups. figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12807296.v1
- Hingley, Richard (2020): Iron Age and Roman Community Projects funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund in England, Scotland and Wales. figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12807365.v1
- Hingley, Richard (2020): Roman re-enactment groups in Britain. figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12807368.v1
Resources for educators
- Sharpe, Kate (2020): Selected web links for Key Stage 2 educational activities and resources for the Iron Age and Roman periods. figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12808118.