John Collis

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For the headmaster and educational writer, see John Day Collis. For the rural writer, see John Stewart Collis.

John Collis, (born 1944 in Winchester) is a British prehistorian. His first dig was in Longbridge Deverill with the Hawkes. He studied in Prague (with E. Soudská), Tübingen (with W. Kimmig) and Cambridge and was awarded his Ph.D. in Cambridge, where he studied from 1963-1970. He joined the Archaeology Department in Sheffield in 1972 and was made professor in 1990. He has acted as Head of Department and became Emeritus Professor there in October 2004.

His speciality is the European Iron Age.[1] He has dug in Britain, in Germany, in Spain and in France (Bibracte), and appeared in two episodes of Channel 4's popular archaeology programme Time Team.[2]


  • John Collis with contributions by Barry Ager, Wigber Low, Derbyshire, a Bronze Age and Anglian burial site in the White Peak (Sheffield, Dep. of Prehist. and Archaeol., Univ. of Sheffield 1983)
  • John Barnatt/John Collis, Barrows in the Peak District, recent research (Sheffield 1996)
  • The European Iron Age (Routledge 1997)
  • Celts: Origins, Myths and Inventions (Stroud, Tempus 2003)[3]
  • Digging up the Past, an introduction to archaeological excavation (Stroud, Sutton 2001)[4]
  • Oppida, earliest towns north of the Alps (Sheffield, Dept. of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Sheffield 1984)
  • ed. by John Collis, Society and settlement in Iron Age Europe, actes du XVIIIe colloque de l'AFEAF, Winchester - April 1994 ; dedicated to the memory of Sara Champion 1946–2000 (Sheffield 2001). L' habitat et l'occupation du sol en Europe 11, 2001


  1. ^ "Our Staff - Professor John Collis". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "John Collis". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  3. ^ James, Simon. "Simon James's Ancient Celts page: writing history". University of Leicester. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Paul. "Book reviews, August 2002". British Archaeology magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-31.