Daniel May Montana

DPhil in Archaeology


Relationship between rural settlements and towns in the Severn Valley during the Roman period

Research abstract

The research on Roman Britain has been developed over a long period of time and became a major field of study in the early twenty century. At that time, the development of Roman archaeology in Britain was strongly influenced by a model of Romanisation introduced by Francis Haverfield in 1906. According to this model, the growth of the Roman Empire internal civilization exercised a strong influence on Roman provinces.

The Romanisation model introduced by Haverfield (1906) still remains the dominant concept in the study of Roman provincial culture. However, it has been subject to a number of criticisms because archaeological evidence does not fully support this model. In particular, it appears that native societies in rural areas during the Roman period maintained their identity suggesting that separate parallel social coexisted at that time.

The aim of the DPhil investigation is to adopt the graph/network theory approach as an analytical toll to study the relationship between these parallel societies. 


Dr Alison MacDonald and Dr Alexander Smith


Daniel arrived to the UK in 2003 and after discovering the amazing archaeology of this country, he decided developed a formal career in archaeology. He gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology in 2012 and an MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology in 2014, both from Oxford University, and has participated in different activities including archaeological excavations in Oxfordshire and Orkney.


May, D.E. 2015. Rethinking the conflict between landscape change and historic landscape preservation. Journal of Heritage Tourism

Research interests

Landscape archaeology and rural landscapes during the Roman period