Neil Faulkner (archaeologist)
Before becoming an archaeologist, Faulkner studied political economy at King's College, Cambridge and later became a teacher. He subsequently earned his doctorate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 'with a study of late Roman towns', where he would later become an honorary lecturer. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.
Faulkner has directed excavations at Sedgeford, in Norfolk. As noted by the British Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Brussels (BRIDFAS), where Faulkner has lectured on 'Cities of Vesuvius', he 'is the author of numerous articles, academic papers, and several books'. His works have centred on ancient civilisations and archaeology, including, The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain, Apocalypse: The Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome AD 66-73 and Hidden Treasure: Digging up the Past (with Miranda Krestovnikoff).
A former member of the Socialist Workers Party, he describes himself as "a Marxist, a revolutionary socialist, an anti-capitalist political activist" and is a member of the Editorial Board of Counterfire. He has written for International Socialism, the SWP's quarterly journal, on subjects such as 'Practising Marxist archaeology'.
Faulkner is the editor of Military Times, a military history magazine launched in October 2010. The magazine is published by Current Publishing and the Chelsea Magazine Company. According to his editorial welcome, 'The aim is not only to bring you action-packed narrative, but to provide all the technical detail, in-depth analysis, and cutting-edge controversy you need to understand not just what happened, but also why'.
Faulkner also contributes to many other publications, including History Today, who published his article on 'Hadrian and the Limits of Empire' in July 2008. Faulkner's 2010 article on Lawrence of Arabia was featured in The Independent. Faulkner is co-director of the Great Arab Revolt Project. His authority on the subject is noted by the administrator of the project Susan Daniels, on the Past Horizons archaeology website. Faulkner has written for Counterfire on subjects ranging from the student revolts of 2010 to his serialised 'Marxist History of the World'. He has also written for the BBC, on 'Romanisation', and Roman Britain, 43-410 AD.
Faulkner's expertise in the fields of archaeology and ancient history have been called upon on several programmes across the British television network.
According to BBC History Online, these have included:
- Apocalypse: The Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome AD 66-73 (ISBN 978-0752425733)
- Hidden Treasure: Digging up the Past, with Miranda Krestovnikoff (ISBN 978-0563487906)
- In Search of the Zeppelin War, with Nadia Durrani (ISBN 978-0752441825)
- Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC-AD 476 (ISBN 978-1408229200)
- The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain (ISBN 978-0752428956)
- The Sedgeford Hoard, with Megan Dennis (ISBN 978-0752434384)
- A Marxist History of the World (ISBN 978-0-7453-3214-7)
- Neil Faulkner's Official website
- "Meet the Team: About Us". Current Archaeology. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
- BBC History, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/overview_roman_01.shtml
- Personal website
- BRIDFAS, http://www.bridfas.org/lectures07_08.htm
- Society of Antiquaries of London: List of Fellows: F (accessed 13 May 2010)
- Neil Faulkner's site, http://homepage.ntlworld.com/neilfaulkner/neil_faulkner_site3/neil_faulkner_politics.html
- N. Faulkner, 'Practising Marxist archaeology', International Socialism, Issue 120 (Oct 2008) http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=489&issue=120
- N. Faulkner, Military Times, http://www.military-times.co.uk/blog/welcome.htm
- N. Faulkner, 'Hadrian and the Limits of Empire', History Today (July 2008) http://www.historytoday.com/neil-faulkner/hadrian-and-limits-empire
- The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/guerrilla-of-arabia-how-one-of-britains-most-brilliant-military-tacticians-created-the-talibans-battle-strategy-2081555.html
- S. Daniels, 'Great Arab Revolt Project', Past Horizons (May 2009) http://www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/05/2009/great-arab-revolt-project
- N. Faulkner, 'Birth of a new power', Counterfire (24 November 2010), http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/blogs/66-luna17-activist/7951-birth-of-a-new-power-neil-faulkner-on-the-student-revolts