JD Hill

Research Manager


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JD Hill oversees the strategic direction, management and funding of research activities across the British Museum. This has included establishing new research focus points and projects to support the Museum’s wider objectives; the Museum’s relationships with higher education and research councils; and managing the Museum’s programme of Collaborative Doctoral Awards. He is also responsible for the Museum’s human remains.

In addition, he is often involved in cross-museum projects, including spending four years as the Lead Curator for the British Museum/BBC 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' project, curating the exhibition 'Extraordinary Stories' with the Western Australian Museum in 2011, and writing Masterpieces of the British Museum.

He joined the Museum in 1999, having previously been a lecturer at the University of Southampton. Best known for his research on Iron Age Britain (about 800 BC to AD 43), he also has strong research interests in Maritime Archaeology and Indian Ocean Histories.

Current projects

  • Red Sea Shipwreck Survey

Previous projects

  • Roman Shipwreck Project
  • Iron Age Pottery and Society

External fellowships / honorary positions

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2012
  • Member of the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework 2014 subpanel for Geography and Archaeology
  • Member of the Steering Group and Commissioning Panels for the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Strategic Initiative
  • Member of the ‘Sounding Board’ for The Culture Capital Exchange
  • Member of the Nautical Archaeological Society Executive Committee
  • Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton

Recent publications

JD Hill 2011, How did Middle and Late Iron Age societies in Britain work (if they did?) In: T. Moore & X-L Armada eds. Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC: Crossing the divide, Oxford, p 242-263.

JD Hill 2009, Masterpieces of the British Museum, London

D Garrow, C Gosden and JD Hill, 2008, eds. Rethinking Celtic Art, Oxford

JD Hill 2007, The dynamics of social change in Later Iron Age eastern and south-eastern England c.300 BC-AD43, In: C. Haselgrove & T. Moore eds. The Later Iron Age in Britain and Beyond, Oxford, p. 16-40

JD Hill & P Braddock 2006, Pots and people at Haddenham V, In: C Evans & I Hodder, The Haddenham Project Vol 2: the cultural landscape of marshland, Cambridge.

JD Hill, AJ Spence, S La Niece & S. Worrell 2004, The Winchester Hoard: A find of unique Iron Age gold jewelry from southern England, Antiquaries Journal 84, 2004, pp 1-22

JD Hill with L Horne 2003, The Iron Age and Early Roman Pottery, In: C Evans eds. Power and Island Communities: Excavations at Wardy Hill Ringwork, Coveney, Ely, East Anglian Archaeology 103, p 145-184.

JD Hill 2002, Not just about the potter’s wheel; Making, using and depositing Middle and Late Iron Age pottery in south east England, In: A Woodward & JD Hill eds. Prehistoric Britain: The Ceramic Basis, Oxford, 2002, p 143-160.

A Woodward & JD Hill 2002, eds. Prehistoric Britain: The Ceramic Basis, Oxford.

JD Hill 1997, ‘The end of one kind of body and the beginning of another kind of body’? Toilet instruments and ‘Romanization’ in southern England during the first century AD, In: A Gwilt & C Haselgrove, eds. Reconstructing Iron Age Societies, Oxford p 96-107.

JD Hill 1995, How should we study Iron Age societies and hillforts? A contextual study from Southern England, In: JD Hill & CG. Cumberpatch 1995, eds. Different Iron Ages: Studies on the Iron Age in Temperate Europe, British Archaeological Reports, p 45-66.

JD Hill & CG. Cumberpatch 1995, eds. Different Iron Ages: Studies on the Iron Age in Temperate Europe, British Archaeological Reports.

JD Hill 1995, Ritual and Rubbish in the Iron Age of Wessex: A study on the formation of a specific archaeological record, Oxford, British Archaeological Reports.

JD Hill 1995, The Pre-Roman Iron Age in Britain and Ireland: An overview, The Journal of World Prehistory, 9(1), p 47-98.

JD Hill 1993, Can we recognise a different European past? A contrastive archaeology of Later Prehistoric Settlement in Southern England, Journal of European Archaeology, 1(1), 1993, p 57-76.