I was fortunate to study archaeology at my secondary school and volunteered while an undergraduate with the Colchester Archaeological Trust. I completed an MA in Roman Archaeology at Durham University. I then worked for the Museum of London as a field archaeologist before studying for a PhD at Durham looking at pottery assemblages of the late Iron Age and early Roman period. I have participated in excavations from Sussex to Scotland, while also working on projects in Portugal, France and Belgium. At the University of Kent I teach modules in Iron Age and Roman Archaeology in Britain and Europe. I am interested in landscapes and coastal archaeology and became someone with specialist knowledge of samian ware. Since 1998 I have been running a fieldwork based research project in Lincolnshire. In Kent I have been especially interested in promoting research and learning around the sites at Bigbury and Stutfall. With the help of local experts I have been learning more about flint tools, something that has been inspired by the society's investigations at Lees Court. I am a Trustee of the Trust for Thanet Archaeology (since 2011) and their Honorary Academic Advisor.
I was invited to become a member of the KAS Fieldwork Committee in 2004 and held that role for 15 years prior to the Committee's recent restructure. I have been a Member of Council since 2006. I have hosted six AGMs for the Society at the University since 2012 and just short of twenty day conferences since 2010. I have organized various activities related to the Lees Court Project including fieldwork training for undergraduates, site survey and prospection, excavations and tours.
Initial thoughts on the ring ditch at Lees Court Estate
Wed, 23 May 2018
Dr Steve Willis of the University of Kent gives his initial thoughts on the recent archaeological dig by the KAS of a suspected ring ditch at Lees Court Estate. Watch→
Our neighbours in empire: A tour of Belgium and the Netherlands in the Roman era
Thu, 20 May 2021
Dr Steve Willis, KAS Vice President and Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, takes us through a rapid tour of Roman archaeology in Belgium and the Netherlands, with similarities and marked contrasts to Kent. Watch→