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Professor Christopher Dyer FBA

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About this Fellow

After an early start in archaeology, he became an economic and social historian of the middle ages. His first book (based on his PhD thesis) traced the development of a great estate, of the bishops of Worcester, paying equal attention to the lords' management of their lands, and the activities of their peasant tenants. Subsequent work examined the standards of living of all sections of late medieval society in England, and then traced social end economic development in Britain from the 9th to the 16th centuries. He also explored the evidence for a transition to capitalism towards the end of the middle ages, following this with a study of trade and farming of a Cotswold wool merchant. He also works in medieval archaeology, focussing on the origin, development and decline of rural settlements and landscapes. His articles and essays include studies of towns, deserted villages,houses, popular rebellions, social mentalities, diet, consumers and luxury goods, and medieval goats. He is currently writing a book on peasant farming.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of History, Centre for English Local History, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Regional and Local History, University of Leicester, 2001
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, University of Birmingham, 1970 - 2001
  • Assistant Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Edinburgh, 1967 - 1970

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2005 - 2008


Village, hamlet and field: changing medieval settlements in central England

Carenza Lewis, Patrick Mitchell-Fox and Christopher Dyer, 1997 Windgather Press

Other Archaeology Fellows

Professor Colin Haselgrove

Later prehistoric societies in Britain and north-west Europe, particularly the adoption and use of coinage, the impact of Roman expansion on Iron Age groups and the character of rural settlement

Professor Nancy Edwards

The archaeology of Wales and Ireland c. AD400-1150; early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture and the archaeology of the church; antiquarians and Welsh archaeology

Professor Peter Bellwood

The multidisciplinary reconstruction of prehistoric human migrations across the world and the multiregional development of agricultural societies, with a disciplinary focus on the archaeology of Southeast Asia and Oceania

Professor Simon Keay

The archaeology of ports, commerce, urbanism and cultural change in the early Roman Mediterranean, particularly Italy and Iberia; the application of non-destructive field -techniques to archaeological sites