Sheppard Frere

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Sheppard Sunderland Frere, CBE, FSA, FBA (born 23 August 1916) is a retired British historian and archaeologist who studied the Roman Empire.


Sheppard "Sam" Frere was a classics master and housemaster at Lancing College c.1949-52 when he was in charge of the excavations at Canterbury during his summer vacations. He made a number of broadcasts about his work at that time. He left Lancing in 1954 to become a university lecturer in archaeology. His family details and dates are given under the family of 'Frere' in Burke's Landed Gentry for 1969. For three seasons early in the 1970s, he was in charge of the archaeological summer school that excavated the Roman fort at Strageath, near Crieff, in Perthshire.

Between 1955 and 1961 he excavated at Verulamium. He then became Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of London from 1961 to 1966 before becoming Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford University. He is cousin to paleontologist Mary Leakey.[1] He is now retired.[when?]


  • Problems of the Iron Age in Southern Britain; papers given at a C.B.A. conference held at the Institute of Archaeology, 12 to 14 December 1958. Edited by S. S. Frere. [London, University of London, Institute of Archaeology, 1961].
  • Britannia: A History of Roman Britain, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1967. Or, London, Routledge & K. Paul, 1967.
  • Verulamium Excavations, London, Society of Antiquaries of London; (Distributed by Thames and Hudson), 1972-<1983 >. ISBN 0-85431-007-X (v. 1)
  • Roman Britain from the Air (with J. K. S. St Joseph). Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983. ISBN 0-521-25088-9
  • Trajan’s Column: a new edition of the Cichorius plates; introduction, commentary, and notes by Frank Lepper and Sheppard Frere. Gloucester, UK ; Wolfboro, New Hampshire, US: Alan Sutton, 1988. ISBN 0-86299-467-5
  • Strageath: excavations within the Roman fort, 1973-86; by S. S. Frere and J. J. Wilkes; with contributions by Anne Anderson ... [et al.]. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 1989. ISBN 0-907764-11-8


  • Rome and her Northern Provinces: papers presented to Sheppard Frere in honour of his retirement from the Chair of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of Oxford, 1983; edited by Brian Hartley and John Wacher. Gloucester [Gloucestershire]: A. Sutton, 1983. (Includes "A bibliography of the published works of Sheppard Frere": p. 4-12.) ISBN 0-86299-046-7
  • Romanitas: essays on Roman archaeology in honour of Sheppard Frere on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday; edited by R. J. A. Wilson. Oxford: Oxbow, 2006. ISBN 1-84217-248-4 ; ISBN 978-1-84217-248-3


FRERE, Prof. Sheppard Sunderland, Who's Who 2011, A & C Black, 2011; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2010, accessed 29 Nov 2011

  1. ^ Mary Leakey, Disclosing the Past: an autobiography, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1984, p. 14.

External links[edit]

  • Sheppard Frere at (image of Frere sometime between 1955-61)