Martin Millett

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Martin Millett

Martin John Millett

(1955-09-30) 30 September 1955 (age 64)
AwardsFellow of the Society of Antiquaries (1984)
Fellow of the British Academy (2006)
Academic background
EducationWeydon County Secondary School
Farnham College
Alma materUniversity College London
University of Oxford
ThesisA comparative study of some contemporaneous pottery assemblages from Roman Britain
Academic work
Sub-disciplineClassical archaeology
InstitutionsDurham University
University of Southampton
University of Cambridge

Martin John Millett, FBA, FSA (born 30 September 1955) is a British archaeologist and academic. He is the Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a professorial fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Early life[edit]

Millett was born on 30 September 1955. He was educated at Weydon County Secondary School, a state school in Wrecclesham, Farnham, and Farnham College, a sixth form college in Farnham, Surrey.[1] He went on to study at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA).[1][2] He then undertook postgraduate studies at Merton College, Oxford, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1980.[1] His doctoral thesis was titled A comparative study of some contemporaneous pottery assemblages from Roman Britain.[3]

Academic career[edit]

Millett was assistant curator of archaeology at the Hampshire County Museums from 1980 to 1981. He then began his academic career, and joined Durham University in 1981. He was a lecturer from 1981 to 1991, and senior lecturer from 1991 to 1995. He was Professor of Archaeology between 1995 and 1998.[1]

Millett then moved to the University of Southampton where he was Professor of Archaeology from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he joined the University of Cambridge as the Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology.[4] The appointment is accompanied by a Fellowship of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[5] In 2012, he was appointed head of the School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge.[6]

Millett is an archaeologist who excavates a Roman-period site in Yorkshire (with Peter Halkon), directs the Roman Towns Project (with Simon Keay and the British School at Rome), and directs the Greek Colonization and Archaeology of European Development project. Millett has profoundly changed Romano-British archaeology by implementing and calling for new approaches to the excavated materials.

Outside his university work Millett holds a number of appointments. He is a vice-president of the British Academy with responsibility for the British Academy Sponsored Institutes and Societies.[2] He has held two senior positions at the Society of Antiquaries of London; he was director from 2001 to 2007 and treasurer from 2007 to 2011.[1]


On 3 May 1984, Millett was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[7] In 2006, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[4]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • 1990 The Romanization of Britain: an essay in archaeological interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (Paperback edition issued 1992)
  • 1995 Roman Britain (UK; English Heritage/Batsford) (Second edition 2005)
  • 1995 (with J. M. Carreté and S. J. Keay) A Roman Provincial Capital and its Hinterland: the survey of the territory of Tarragona, 1985-1990 (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series no. 15)
  • 1995 (edited with J. Metzler, N. Roymans and J. Slofstra) Integration in the Early Roman West: the role of culture and ideology (Dossiers d'Archéologie du Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art IV, Luxembourg)
  • 1999 (with P. Halkon) Rural Settlement and Industry: studies in the Iron Age and Roman archaeology of lowland East Yorkshire (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Roman Antiquities Section monograph no. 4)
  • 2001 (edited with J. Pearce and M. Struck) Burial Practice in the Roman World: contextual studies (Oxford: Oxbow Books)
  • 2001 (edited with S. T. James) Britons and Romans: advancing an archaeological agenda (York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 125)
  • In press Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire: archaeological studies of a Romano-British roadside settlement (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Roman Antiquities Section monograph)
  • 2005 (with S. Keay, L. Paroli, and K. Strutt) Portus: An Archaeological Survey of the Port of Imperial Rome (British School at Rome Monograph)Right.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Martin John MILLETT". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Officers and Council 2013-14". British Academy. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ Millett, Martin (1983). "A comparative study of some contemporaneous pottery assemblages from Roman Britain". Search Oxford Libraries Online. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "MILLETT, Professor Martin". Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Professor Martin Millett". People. Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ "New appointment at School of Arts and Humanities". University of Cambridge. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Fellows Directory - M". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Anthony Snodgrass
Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology
Cambridge University

2001 - present