Dr Mick Jones is a Visiting Reader in Archaeology and a former part-time tutor. He spent most of his career in charge of archaeology in the city of Lincoln, as Director of the Lincoln Archaeology Unit and subsequently as City Archaeologist, a post from which he retired in 2012.
He has also been an honorary member of the archaeology departments at both Manchester and Nottingham Universities, and an External Examiner for postgraduate course at Leicester and York Universities. He has been a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 1982 and was awarded the Society’s Frend Medal for his contributions to the study of the Early Christian Church in 2001. He was awarded an Honorary D.Litt of Leicester University (via BGU) in 2005.
Although he is no longer engaged in teaching, Mick supports the archaeology programmes by advising on both teaching and research. He also continues to undertake research on Roman fortifications, Roman towns, and early Christian archaeology, as well as the archaeology of the city of Lincoln.
Mick serves on several committees, including the Society for Lincolnshire History and archaeology (of which he was President for five years), and has organized its archaeology talks programme and conferences for many years, and sits on the editorial board of its History of Lincolnshire Committee; the Survey of Lincoln, the Lincoln Historic Environment Advisory Panel, and the Jews Court and Bardney Abbey Trust. He has in the past served on the Council of the Royal Archaeological Institute, the Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society (organizing conference sessions), and the steering group for the East Midlands Archaeological Research Strategy.
He helped set up a British team to work on the international research project at St Bertrand de Comminges, South-West France, and was in charge of this team, undertaking 2-3 weeks’ work each summer for five years. Among the presentations he gave on this project was one at a conference in Toulouse (in French).
He has spoken at many conferences in Britain, including in London and Oxford, and abroad also in Split (Croatia), Vienna, Rome and Naples in Italy, Tours and Grenoble in France, and Toledo in Spain.
Two books on Lincoln, Lincoln: History and Guide and Roman Lincoln: Conquest, Colony and Capital, were both issued in new editions in 2011.
He was general editor of the 17 volumes of the Archaeology of Lincoln series (1977-1991) and joint general editor of the 9 large volumes of Lincoln Archaeological Studies (1993-2016). The second series included the innovative synthesis and assessment of Lincoln’s archaeology, The City by the Pool (2003), written jointly with David Stocker and Alan Vince, which was funded by English Heritage as a national exemplar. The final volume, on the lower walled city, and for which he has been a main contributor, extends to over 550 pages. He will also be supporting efforts to deal with the publication of some of the major discoveries in the city on which reports have not yet appeared.
He has published over 100 articles, for books, conference proceedings, magazines and newspapers, and several monographs on these and other topics, and continues to write book reviews for national journals including Britannia, the principal periodical for Romano-British studies – the latest was of a French volume in the issue for 2015.
Other notable articles include the chapter on ‘Cities and Urban Settlements’ in the Blackwell Companion to Roman Britain, published in 2003, and a paper on Urbanisation in the Roman North-West provinces, published in 2008 in the proceedings of an international symposium on The Ancient City, held in Washington DC in 2005. An updated version of this paper appeared in the proceedings of a conference on Roman Lincolnshire published in March 2010.