Professor Bill Hanson

  • Affiliate (Archaeology)

telephone: 01413304915
email: William.Hanson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

My primary research interest focuses on the character and development of Roman frontiers and on Roman interaction with indigenous peoples in frontier zones, particularly in Scotland and Romania.  In pursuing those interests I have conducted excavations at various sites in northern England and Scotland, most notably at the Flavian auxiliary fort at Elginhaugh.

My secondary focus is on aerial and satellite archaeology, particularly methodological approaches and applications.  To that end I have undertaken wide-ranging aerial survey in the western Lowlands of Scotland and, over the last 15 years, in various parts of Romania (Western Transylvania, North and Southern Dobrogea and Western Muntenia).  I am currently involved in the analysis of satellite imagery from Southern Dobrogea and LiDAR data from Western Transylvania. 

I have published extensively on these various topics over the last 35 years (though only those articles and books published since 2007 are listed here).

Current research projects include:

1. Post-excavation analysis of the Roman fort, fortlet and civil settlement at Croy Hill on the Antonine Wall, funded by Historic Scotland

2. Post-excavation analysis of the multi-period cropmark remains at Monktonhall, Inveresk, funded by Historic Scotland.

3. Archaeolandscapes Europe. This pan-European network of archaeological remote sensing experts seeks to increase public appreciation and understanding of the archaeological landscape of Europe through the application and sharing of skills and experience in airborne and other forms of remote sensing. I am contributing to several focal areas including: securing the better exploitation of existing aerial photographic archives; promoting aerial survey for landscape exploration in Eastern Europe; and exploring the uses of LiDAR and satellite remote sensing. This project is funded by the European Commission.


Supervision

Current students:

  • Iain McElroy: Converting temples; converting minds: temple-church conversion in the Mediterranean, AD 300–800. (Jointly supervised with Michael Given)
  • Charlotte Douglas: A comparative study of Roman-period leather from Scotland and Northern England.

Recent PhD graduates:

  • Martha Steedman: Beyond text: Latin inscriptions as material culture in Roman Sardinia (237BC-AD 300) (2014)
  • Louisa Hammersley: The distribution, function and social meaning of Roman pottery from native sites in Scotland (2011)
  • Ali Aqdus: The application of airborne remote sensing techniques in archaeology: a comparative study (2009)
  • Martin Goldberg: Contextualising ritual practice in later prehistoric and Roman northern Britain (2009)

Teaching

Level 2:
• Contributions to: Archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean
• Contributions to: Classical Civilisation 2B. Imperial Rome: City and Empire 19 BC - 180 AD

Honours:
• Roman Britain: acculturation and change
• Power and Empire: the Roman conquest and occupation of North Britain
• Recovery and interpretation of archaeological data
• Remote Sensing

Masters:
• Interpretation and applications of aerial data
• Archaeological Practice: recovery and interpretation of archaeological data
• Archaeology: Research and Professional Skills

 


Additional Information

Departmental responsibilities
• Postgraduate Research convenor
• Taught Postgraduate convenor

University responsibilities
• Member of University Senate
• Honorary Curator of the Hunterian Museum
• Member of the Hunterian Academic Advisory Board
• Member of the Board of Curators of the Dalrymple lectureship

External responsibilities
• External examiner for University of Exeter (Undergraduate and Taught Masters)
• Senate appointed Governor on the Board of Morrison’s Academy, Crieff
• Senate appointed representative on the Stirlingshire Educational Trust

 


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 1999
Number of items: 26.

2013

Hanson, W. S. (2013) Review of Hekster O. and Kaizer, T. (eds) 2011 Frontiers in the Roman World: Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Durham, 16-19 April 2009). (Impact of Empire 13.) Leiden and Boston: Brill. Classical Review, 63(1), pp. 206-208. (doi:10.1017/S0009840X12003046) [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (Eds.) (2013) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY ; London. ISBN 9781461445050

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (2013) A spy in the sky: the potential of historical aerial and satellite photography for archaeological research. In: Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (eds.) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY, USA, pp. 3-10. ISBN 9781461445050 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4505-0_1)

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2013) Integrating aerial and satellite imagery: discovering Roman imperial landscapes in southern Dobrogea (Romania). In: Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (eds.) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY, USA, pp. 315-336. ISBN 9781461445050 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4505-0_18)

2012

Aqdus, S.A., Hanson, W.S. and Drummond, J.E. (2012) The potential of hyperspectral and multispectral imagery to enhance archaeological cropmark detection: a comparative study. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(7), pp. 1915-1924. (doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.01.034)

Hunter, F. (e.), Carruthers, M. (e.), Breeze, D. (c.), Bruhn, J. (c.), Crow, J. (c.), Goldberg, M. (c.), Hanson, W. (c.) and Jones, R. (c.) (2012) Scotland: The Roman Presence. Project Report. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Hanson, W. (2012) Britain, Roman conquest of (43-96). In: Martel, G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of War. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405190374 (doi:10.1002/9781444338232.wbeow085)

Hanson, W.S. (2012) Newstead and Roman Scotland: the Flavian to Antonine periods. In: Hunter, F. and Keppie, L.J.F. (eds.) A Roman Frontier Post and its People a Hundred Years on: Newstead 1911-2011. National Museums of Scotland: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 62-75. ISBN 9781905267750

Hanson, W.S. (2012) Review of Ingle C. & Saunders, H. 2011 Aerial Archaeology in Essex: The Role of the National Mapping Programme in Interpreting the Landscape (East Anglian Archaeology 136), Chelmsford: Essex County Council. Medieval Archaeology, 56, p. 404. [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (2012) The 'Valu lui Traian': a Roman frontier rehabilitated. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 25, pp. 297-318.

2010

Hanson, W.S. (2010) Review of Symonds, M.F.A. and Mason, J.P. Frontiers of knowledge: a research framework for Hadrian’s Wall. British Archaeology, May/Ju, p. 54. [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. (2010) The future of aerial archaeology in Europe. Photo Interprétation. European Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 46(1), pp. 3-11.

2009

Hanson, W.S. (Ed.) (2009) The Army and Frontiers of Rome: Papers Offered to David J. Breeze on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday and his Retirement from Historic Scotland. Series: JRA supplementary series. Journal of Roman Archaeology: Portsmouth, Rhode Island. ISBN 9781887829748

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Building the forts and frontiers. In: Hanson, W.S. (ed.) The Army and Frontiers of Rome: Papers Offered to David J. Breeze on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday and his Retirement from Historic Scotland. Series: JRA Supplementary Series (74). Journal of Roman Archaeology: Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA, pp. 33-43. ISBN 9781887829748

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Review of A.E. Grant, 'Roman military objectives in Britain under the Flavian Emperors'. Britannia, 40, pp. 380-382. [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Roman Britain: the military dimension. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I.B.M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: An Introduction from the Palaeolithic to the Industrial Revolution. Routledge, pp. 175-197.

Hanson, W.S. (2009) The fort at Elginhaugh and its implications for Agricola's role in the conquest of Scotland. In: Breeze, D.J., Thoms, L.M. and Hall, D.W. (eds.) First Contact: Rome and Northern Britain. Series: Monograph Series (7). Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee: Perth, UK, pp. 49-58. ISBN 9780956178336

2008

Aqdus, S.A., Drummond, J. and Hanson, W.S. (2008) Discovering archaeological cropmarks: a hyperspectral approach. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Beijing, China, 3-11 July 2008, pp. 361-365.

Hanson, W.S. (2008) Site discovery: remote sensing approaches, aerial. In: Pearsall, D.M. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Elsevier / Academic Press: San Diego, USA, pp. 1907-1912. ISBN 9780123736437

Hanson, W.S. (2008) The future of aerial archaeology in Europe (or are algorithms the answer?). In: Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, Rome, Italy, 30 Sept - 4 Oct 2008, pp. 47-50.

2007

Hanson, W.S. (2007) Elginhaugh: A Flavian Fort and its Annexe. Series: Britannia monograph series (23). Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies: London, UK. ISBN 9780907764342

Hanson, W.S. (2007) A Roman frontier fort in Scotland: Elginhaugh. Tempus: Stroud, UK. ISBN 9780752441139

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Cropmark formation in ‘difficult’ soils: case studies from Romania. In: Mills, J. and Palmer, R. (eds.) Populating Clay Landscapes. Tempus: Stroud, UK, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9780752440934

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Reconstructing the archaeological landscape of Southern Dobrogea: integrating imagery. In: Ehlers, M. and Michel, U. (eds.) Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VII: 17-20 September 2007, Florence, Italy. Series: Proceedings of SPIE (6749). SPIE: Bellingham, Washington, USA, p. 674906. ISBN 9780819469076 (doi:10.1117/12.737836)

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Villa settlements in Roman Transylvania. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 20, pp. 113-137.

1999

Hanson, W.S. (1999) Roman Britain: the military dimension. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: an Introduction from the Palaeolithic to the Industrial Revolution. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 175-197. ISBN 9780415135870

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Number of items: 26.

Articles

Aqdus, S.A., Hanson, W.S. and Drummond, J.E. (2012) The potential of hyperspectral and multispectral imagery to enhance archaeological cropmark detection: a comparative study. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(7), pp. 1915-1924. (doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.01.034)

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (2012) The 'Valu lui Traian': a Roman frontier rehabilitated. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 25, pp. 297-318.

Hanson, W.S. (2010) The future of aerial archaeology in Europe. Photo Interprétation. European Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 46(1), pp. 3-11.

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Villa settlements in Roman Transylvania. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 20, pp. 113-137.

Books

Hanson, W.S. (2007) Elginhaugh: A Flavian Fort and its Annexe. Series: Britannia monograph series (23). Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies: London, UK. ISBN 9780907764342

Hanson, W.S. (2007) A Roman frontier fort in Scotland: Elginhaugh. Tempus: Stroud, UK. ISBN 9780752441139

Book Sections

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (2013) A spy in the sky: the potential of historical aerial and satellite photography for archaeological research. In: Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (eds.) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY, USA, pp. 3-10. ISBN 9781461445050 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4505-0_1)

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2013) Integrating aerial and satellite imagery: discovering Roman imperial landscapes in southern Dobrogea (Romania). In: Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (eds.) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY, USA, pp. 315-336. ISBN 9781461445050 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4505-0_18)

Hanson, W. (2012) Britain, Roman conquest of (43-96). In: Martel, G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of War. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405190374 (doi:10.1002/9781444338232.wbeow085)

Hanson, W.S. (2012) Newstead and Roman Scotland: the Flavian to Antonine periods. In: Hunter, F. and Keppie, L.J.F. (eds.) A Roman Frontier Post and its People a Hundred Years on: Newstead 1911-2011. National Museums of Scotland: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 62-75. ISBN 9781905267750

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Building the forts and frontiers. In: Hanson, W.S. (ed.) The Army and Frontiers of Rome: Papers Offered to David J. Breeze on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday and his Retirement from Historic Scotland. Series: JRA Supplementary Series (74). Journal of Roman Archaeology: Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA, pp. 33-43. ISBN 9781887829748

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Roman Britain: the military dimension. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I.B.M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: An Introduction from the Palaeolithic to the Industrial Revolution. Routledge, pp. 175-197.

Hanson, W.S. (2009) The fort at Elginhaugh and its implications for Agricola's role in the conquest of Scotland. In: Breeze, D.J., Thoms, L.M. and Hall, D.W. (eds.) First Contact: Rome and Northern Britain. Series: Monograph Series (7). Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee: Perth, UK, pp. 49-58. ISBN 9780956178336

Hanson, W.S. (2008) Site discovery: remote sensing approaches, aerial. In: Pearsall, D.M. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Elsevier / Academic Press: San Diego, USA, pp. 1907-1912. ISBN 9780123736437

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Cropmark formation in ‘difficult’ soils: case studies from Romania. In: Mills, J. and Palmer, R. (eds.) Populating Clay Landscapes. Tempus: Stroud, UK, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9780752440934

Oltean, I.A. and Hanson, W.S. (2007) Reconstructing the archaeological landscape of Southern Dobrogea: integrating imagery. In: Ehlers, M. and Michel, U. (eds.) Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VII: 17-20 September 2007, Florence, Italy. Series: Proceedings of SPIE (6749). SPIE: Bellingham, Washington, USA, p. 674906. ISBN 9780819469076 (doi:10.1117/12.737836)

Hanson, W.S. (1999) Roman Britain: the military dimension. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: an Introduction from the Palaeolithic to the Industrial Revolution. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 175-197. ISBN 9780415135870

Book Reviews

Hanson, W. S. (2013) Review of Hekster O. and Kaizer, T. (eds) 2011 Frontiers in the Roman World: Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Durham, 16-19 April 2009). (Impact of Empire 13.) Leiden and Boston: Brill. Classical Review, 63(1), pp. 206-208. (doi:10.1017/S0009840X12003046) [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. (2012) Review of Ingle C. & Saunders, H. 2011 Aerial Archaeology in Essex: The Role of the National Mapping Programme in Interpreting the Landscape (East Anglian Archaeology 136), Chelmsford: Essex County Council. Medieval Archaeology, 56, p. 404. [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. (2010) Review of Symonds, M.F.A. and Mason, J.P. Frontiers of knowledge: a research framework for Hadrian’s Wall. British Archaeology, May/Ju, p. 54. [Book Review]

Hanson, W.S. (2009) Review of A.E. Grant, 'Roman military objectives in Britain under the Flavian Emperors'. Britannia, 40, pp. 380-382. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Hanson, W.S. and Oltean, I.A. (Eds.) (2013) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer: New York, NY ; London. ISBN 9781461445050

Hanson, W.S. (Ed.) (2009) The Army and Frontiers of Rome: Papers Offered to David J. Breeze on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday and his Retirement from Historic Scotland. Series: JRA supplementary series. Journal of Roman Archaeology: Portsmouth, Rhode Island. ISBN 9781887829748

Research Reports or Papers

Hunter, F. (e.), Carruthers, M. (e.), Breeze, D. (c.), Bruhn, J. (c.), Crow, J. (c.), Goldberg, M. (c.), Hanson, W. (c.) and Jones, R. (c.) (2012) Scotland: The Roman Presence. Project Report. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Conference Proceedings

Aqdus, S.A., Drummond, J. and Hanson, W.S. (2008) Discovering archaeological cropmarks: a hyperspectral approach. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Beijing, China, 3-11 July 2008, pp. 361-365.

Hanson, W.S. (2008) The future of aerial archaeology in Europe (or are algorithms the answer?). In: Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, Rome, Italy, 30 Sept - 4 Oct 2008, pp. 47-50.

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