Dr Peter Halkon

Dr Peter Halkon

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History


  • BA (University of Liverpool)
  • MA (Durham University)
  • PhD (University of Hull)


Dr Peter Halkon is a landscape archaeology, with particular interest in the later prehistoric and Roman periods.

He has directed award-winning fieldwork, co-run with Professor Martin Millett (Cambridge University) in the Foulness Valley, East Yorkshire, where discoveries included the Iron Age Hasholme logboat, large scale Iron Age iron production sites and Roman settlements (see publications).

Formerly a teacher of history and archaeology, he was Education Officer for the Council for British Archaeology and York Archaeological Trust, taught part-time at Leeds and until recently ran the part-time Archaeology BA at Hull.


Level 4

- The Archaeology of Britain

- Archaeology, Theories, Methods and Practice

- Classical Civilisations

Level 5

- Research Design and GIS for Archaeologists

- The Archaeology of Roman Britain

Level 6

- The Parisi: Britons and Romans in Eastern Yorkshire

- Final Year Dissertation

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Putting the iron back in the Iron Age

Halkon, P. Putting the iron back in the Iron Age

Journal Article

Arras 200: revisiting Britain's most famous Iron Age cemetery

Halkon, P., Lyall, J., Deverell, J., Hunt, T., & Fernández-Götz, M. (2019). Arras 200: revisiting Britain's most famous Iron Age cemetery. Antiquity, 93(368), https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.28

Britons and Romans in an East Yorkshire (uk) Landscape XVII International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Roma 22-26 Sept. 2008 Session: Roman and Barbarian

Halkon, P. (2010). Britons and Romans in an East Yorkshire (uk)  Landscape XVII International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Roma 22-26 Sept. 2008 Session: Roman and Barbarian

Research interests

Current research projects

1. Near Elloughton A site of National and International significance. Main features: A Roman settlement including buildings with mosaic and painted plaster, the earliest dated square barrow burial in the region, Anglo Saxon burials in chests with iron fittings. Activity from the Neolithic to the early medieval period and the potential link with the Anglo-Saxon high status settlement/ monastery at Flixborough and Roman town of Brough.



2. The Arras Culture Geophysical survey and research at Arras Iron Age cemetery The first full integrated survey of this Iron Age type site – see Publications

3. Petuaria Revisited


Archaeological director of Roman Brough project. Geophysical surveys shows the site to be much more extensive than previously thought. Discovery of Roman theatre/council chamber relating to unique inscription concerning dedication of a new stage. Featured on BBC Look North.

4. Nunburnholme

Lead Archaeologist Exploring a Yorkshire Wolds Village – National Lottery Heritage funded Community Heritage project. http://www.nunburnholmewithkilnwickpercypc.co.uk/. Discoveries include large Iron Age hilltop site at Nunburnholme Wold, location of Nunnery and other features by geophysical survey.

5. Excavation of ring fort at Kipling House Farm, Middleton on the Wolds, East Yorkshire – Later Bronze Age site, one of 4 of its type in England.

6. Aerial survey of Yorkshire Wolds a long term project to understanding the later prehistory and Roman eras on the Yorkshire Wolds. Major discoveries due to the dry summer of 2018. Featured on BBC Look North

https://theconversation.com/seen-from-the-air-the-dry-summer-reveals-an-ancient-harvest-of-archaeological-finds-101651 and British Archaeology (December 2018), the story was cover in 50 newspapers around the world

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Halkon looks forward to supervising PhD and Masters students in subjects relating to Iron Age Britain, Roman Britain, early iron production and landscape archaeology.

Completed PhDs

- Yvonne Inall (Australia) In search of the spear people: the archaeology of Iron Age weapons and warfare in East Yorkshire in their European Context, co-supervised with Dr Malcolm Lillie (2015)

Current PhD supervisions

Zechariah Jinks-Fredrick (USA), Constructing Iron Age Communities: A Study on the Depositional Praxis of Iron Objects in Britain, Scotland, and Wales from 800BC-50AD

Rebecca Ellis (AHRC Heritage Consortium), Animals in Iron Age Art

Jonny Farley (AHRC Heritage Consortium) Investigating Roman Brough (Petuaria)

Current MA by Thesis supervisions

Emma Cater, The Viking impact on eastern Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Clare Whiteley - later prehistoric and Roman landscapes on the Yorkshire Wolds

Paul Carter - Iron in Roman Eastern Yorkshire

Andy Godden - Late Neolithic Elites in Eastern Yorkshire

Tony Hunt - The use of UAVs in Archaeological Survey