Ian Haynes

Ian Haynes

Professor of Archaeology, Newcastle University; Project Director Roman Temples Project, Maryport; Project Director Lateran Project.

Location School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University


  • Some of the units on this diploma did indeed serve on Hadrian's Wall. Most of our information as to which units served on the Wall comes either from building inscriptions or the Notitia Dignitatum, a document discussed later in this week's programme. While some units did move, cohors I Aelia Dacorum in the document was at the outpost fort of Bewcastle...

  • Our colleague Jane Webster has just returned from Brazil where she was discussing the Romans with university colleagues there. I hope you enjoy the course.

  • Welcome. It is really good to see people continuing to join the programme, and great to have colleagues from the National Trust with us. We owe a great debt to the NT. I hope you find the course useful.

  • Modern writers on ancient history certainly frequently make the claim that auxiliaries were light infantry, yet by the time Hadrian's Wall was built auxiliaries were functioning in a range of roles which included close order formations - a classic heavy infantry role. They were not restricted to the looser skirmishing formations assigned to light troops. You...

  • In general the better we can model the modern landscape, the more precisely we can read the way in which it formed. We can also use the digital models generated here alongside other forms of data, including geophysical survey results, by laying the latter over the former, giving much greater precision than we would get from superimposing it on simple 2D maps....

  • I am delighted to see so many colleagues joining us from the Portus course. Our friends at Southampton did a wonderful job and the Portus Project is endlessly fascinating. For those who haven't yet followed the Portus course I would strongly recommend it.

  • Good to see the comments coming through and to see some friends from the last run returning. Welcome everyone. I do hope that as many of you as possible can get to Newcastle tomorrow (Saturday 20 June) for Dr Nick Hodgson's talk on Hadrian's Wall. Apologies for those who are further afield... Nick will be talking about research on the eastern end of...

  • A very interesting topic. Our graduate students are just back from Xanten, where they participated in the preparation of a fine Roman banquet. I joined them - it was delicious.

  • Good to have you on the course Fabiana. I think it is great that you are taking the course. I hope that you find the programme gives you what you are seeking in terms of both content and English practice. For my part, I am trying to do something to improve my Italian.

  • Thank you Rodrigo. It is a pleasure to offer the course. I hope you will enjoy it .. even though I am afraid we have very few gladiators in this one. Perhaps another time.....

  • I hope you will find the course helpful and engaging. I am pleased to see that AS exams haven't discouraged you from taking another course straight away!

  • Welcome Pilar. I think it is great that you are trying out an online course in another language. I hope that you enjoy the course.

  • Welcome Graham. I will be very interested to hear what you make of the course and how your students find its structure and content.

  • Good luck with your plans for university. I hope that the course you choose will allow you scope to explore archaeology further.

  • It is great to see so many people participating from all over the world. A quick advertisement though for those of you able to the Wall this weekend. Our excellent colleague Dr Nick Hodgson will be giving a lecture at Newcastle University, chaired by Dr Rob Collins on 'The Rediscovery of Hadrian's Wall on Tyneside'. The lecture will take place on Saturday...

  • Welcome back Sue, please let us know what you think about the changes we have made to this version

  • Good to see you back Derek

  • This is good to see!

  • I hope you find the course helpful and that your plans for the Rome visit come to fruition. I have so many favourite places in Rome, but I must admit to a special fondness for the extensive excavations underneath St John Lateran basilica in Rome where I am lucky enough to work. There you can find traces of lavish housing, baths, a fort, and the first...

  • Have just returned from a day of site preparation work at Maryport, Cumbria. Our aim this season is to open up an area immediately to the north of the Roman cult buildings we excavated last year. We believe this will give us a deeper understanding of the ritual landscape at this important frontier settlement. We have a great team out in the field, and our...

  • Dear Olga,
    thank you

    Dear Lynda,
    I am glad you will be visiting the Wall. If you are able to extend your Wall walking into Cumbria I can assure you that will also prove rewarding.

    All best wishes


  • Our aim with this piece was really to focus on iconography rather than text Edward, but if you review the video you will find that we scroll down one of the altars from 3.03 and 3.07. I note that it is not the easiest text to read though. With your comment in mind though, when we run this course again I will include a link to our new NU Digital Heritage site...

  • Dear Olga, Dear Margaret, And to all our other friends out there

    My turn to apologise for a late response. Thank you for the kind Christmas wishes. I hope that you had a good break over Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.

    And Olga, to be a philologist is of course a very fine thing, and you would be most welcome to volunteer for Maryport -...

  • Dear Olga

    Sorry for the delay responding and thanks for your comments. The evidence comes from a study of the Northumberland Coastal Plain published in an important recent study by Hodgson, N. et al. 2012 The Iron Age on the Nothumberland Coastal Plan: Excavations in advance of development 2002-2010. This details the excavation of a series of sites in the...

  • Patricia, Ellen, I think you will find that there are many others working alongside you both. I hope you enjoy(ed) the last week

  • Thank you Anne, Thank you Christopher

    In answer to Christopher's question (and you can see here how I am learning my way through Futurelearn too) the discussion boards actually never close (contrary to what I heard before) so you have as long as you like. The only difference is that anyone wanting to register for the course for the first time must do so on...

  • Thank you. I have just received confirmation from my colleagues here that the discussion boards will remain open too, so that hopefully reduces any sense of pressure on people. It really is satisfying to see people working through to the end of the course.

  • Thank you all. How are you doing Lynda? I do hope you find the time to get through to the end. Also always good to hear that more people are planning to visit the Wall

  • Many thanks to you too Philip.

  • Just to encourage those of you still working your way through week 6, the discussion facility will be stopping soon, but I hope you will be able to continue the course to the end. I hope too that you might come back and join us in June when we re-run this course - we will be making some changes, but it will remain substantially the same, though I suspect new...

  • Thank you. I am glad that this has inspired you to take up Latin again - it can bring so much pleasure.

  • Do make sure that you look at the Vallum Crossing and the Temple to Antenociticus when you visit Benwell. They may appear to be a little tucked away, but they are well worth a look.

  • There is so much to enjoy in the North West, and I hope that on one of your visits you will be able to head up beyond the Lakes to Maryport - but I am also pleased that you are encouraged to head to the NE too.

  • You are of course quite right that it is very important to look at the relationship of the Wall to Roman Britain more widely - and also to note that even in the region there is much more that we haven't even touched on in terms of the wider settlement structure. These are themes we do develop much more in our longer undergraduate courses, but the challenge...

  • Thank you Rosemary, it is indeed a fascinating topic. I think that the Tony you are thinking of must be my good friend and colleague Tony Wilmott, the archaeologist whose major discoveries at Birdoswald (featured earlier in Week 6) helped transform our thinking. Max has done a fine job opening the topic to a wider audience and of course Colm O'Brien has been...

  • You are both very kind, but I hope that wherever and whatever you study in future, you do not feel that age is a barrier. I have worked with several students who began their undergraduate archaeology careers well into their 70s.

  • Delighted that you are now planning to visit the area - please make sure to make time for the Great North Museum

  • Dear Martin, Thanks for your comment and observation about the level of feedback. The challenge has been two fold. First we have been trying to work out what the right level is in order to encourage, rather than deaden, discussion and second, the numbers of comments have been greater than I think many of us expected. We will be reviewing this aspect of the...

  • A pleasure working with you Stephen. There are quite a few wonderful projects operating with volunteer opportunities in the frontier zone, including Wallquest (based out of Arbeia), Binchester (based also out of Durham), Vindolanda (through the Vindolanda Trust) Maryport (Senhouse Museum and Newcastle), Papcastle and Ravenglass.

  • Thank you Lesley. I am glad you have enjoyed it. I love the Geordie accent too, it always speaks to me of warmth and kindness, but alas I wasn't born here! Sadly the discussion period is indeed closing down very soon - so far as I understand people cannot contribute to discussion on this course after Sunday night BUT we will be running this one again, with...

  • I just wanted to offer a quick note to thank you for your comments and to encourage those who feel they are 'behind'. Remember that you can keep going with the course, so although some people are indeed finishing the programme, we don't really think of people who are just completing week 3 / starting week 4 as 'behind' at all. The course remains there for...

  • I hope that you will come and visit the UK, once you have completed moving house of course!

  • We will be running this course again next year and will draw on some of the feedback we have received to adapt it in places.

  • Good luck with your university plans. The Wall is certainly a huge topic, but as you realise one cannot do a degree in it. What you can do, of course, is develop appreciation of the methods we have discussed and the broader cultural context in your first degree.

  • I'll discuss the field trip idea with Rob Collins this week

  • I agree with Catherine

  • I am pleased that the course was there when you wanted it. Thank you

  • An important thing to plug, well done

  • The annual forum is a good place to meet people and catch round ups of research on the Wall. Also excellent is the annual Arbeia Society Conference, which takes place this year on the 15 November, 2015. Be warned though, this year's Arbeia Conference is already sold-out. Book early for next year.

  • Why not?

  • Thank you Helen. This is all helpful. Just a couple of quick points. I too found it very hard to get through the number of comments. I was aware that sometimes, the absolute number of comments concealed the fact that there were in fact certain recurrent participant observations/concerns that came back at intervals, so people sometimes missed less than they...

  • I hope you do take the Portus course. The Southampton team work very hard on it and have been very diligent in drawing on the experience of their first course to develop this one.

  • Thank you. We would all like to know more about the story of the people on the other side of the Wall. I have tried to emphasise their importance to the story by coming back to them in different ways in multiple different steps, but any study of the Wall can seem lop-sided. Part of this is because actually the evidence is lop-sided itself. We know much...

  • We are indeed reading your comments, so thank you for your feedback.

  • Thank you Timothy for this and your other feedback. I am pleased that Southampton are going to run Portus again soon

  • Come back for the re-run next year.

  • Thank you Rachel. Please do get in touch. I am sure that there is more we can do to help with your Year 6 pupils and we would of course be delighted to talk to you about the Frontier Studies programme too

  • Goodbye Neil and thank you. You are warmly welcome to rejoin the course when it runs again (in an updated form) next Summer.

  • Thank you Pamela. At present we are focussing on the end of the course and the lessons we can learn from everyone's feedback. We will then run an adapted version of the same course next year. There is certainly interest here in running new courses.

  • I think we will be learning from you all for a long time.

  • Thank you and good luck with the MSc.

  • Thank you both. We will note this for this re-run

  • Excellent plans both

  • Dear Chris, Dear Lynda, I am very pleased that the course has helped.

  • We do not offer a distant learning course I am afraid, but there are discussions about relaunching our summer school events.

  • Do please do so. The Portus course is great.

  • I hope that you do make it over one day. Thanks for joining us on the course.

  • Thank Jean. Enjoy Leicester, it has lot of very talented academics and great courses as you know. We would be happy to see you if you wanted to come and visit.

  • I hope you will get to come over and see the Wall, in the meantime good luck with all those MOOCs!