Julian Richards

Job Title:   Professor of Archaeology
Affiliation:   University of York
Email: julian.richards@york.ac.uk


Julian_RichardsWhy I am supporting the Academic Book of the Future Project:

Current models of academic publication rest upon out-dated modes of dissemination and redundant business models. Even the distinction between the monograph and journal article perpetuates a dichotomy which has been rendered irrelevant in the digital age. I have always been interested in how we can use electronic media to provide new publishing models more relevant to 21st-century research. In 1997 we established Internet Archaeology (one of the first ever fully online peer-reviewed journals) in order to give readers access to rich interactive and multimedia content and underpinning data, and in my own work I have explored several new modes of publication. The Academic Book of the Future project has an important role in challenging our preconceptions about what publication should be.


Research Interests:

Julian specialises in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England, especially mortuary behaviour and settlement evolution. He has directed excavations of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian settlements at Cottam, Cowlam, Burdale, and Wharram Percy. He has also excavated the only Viking cremation cemetery in the British Isles at Heath Wood, Ingleby. He is currently investigating the winter camp of the Viking Great Army at Torksey, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield

Julian is also a leading expert on computer applications in archaeology and has authored and edited numerous books and papers on computer applications. He is Co-Director of Internet Archaeology, an electronic journal developed in York, and Director of the Archaeology Data Service, the national digital data archive for archaeological research.


Selected Recent Publications:


The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction. 2005 Oxford University Press

Creating and Using Virtual Reality: A Guide for the Arts and Humanities. Richards, J. D. (ed.) & Fernie, K. M. (ed.) 2003 Oxbow Books.

Cultures in Contact: Scandinavian Settlement in England in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries. Richards, J. D. & Hadley, D. (eds.) 2000 Turnhout: Brepols. 331 p. (Studies in the Early Middle Ages ; no. 2)

The Vicars Choral of York Minster: The College at Bedern. Richards, J. D. 2001 Council for British Archaeology. (The Archaeology of York 10/5)


Preserving our Digital Heritage: Information Systems for data management and preservation. Richards, J.D., K. Niven and S.Jeffrey 2013 in Ch’ng,E. and Gaffney,V. (eds.) Visual Heritage in the Digital Age, Springer-Verlag, London, 311-326.

‘Text Mining in Archaeology: Extracting Information from Archaeological Reports. Richards, J.D., D.Tudhope and A.Vlachidis 2015 In, J.A. Barceló and I. Bogdanovic (eds.) Mathematics in Archaeology. Science Publishers, Boca Raton, Florida.

Settlement, landscape and economy in Early Medieval Northumbria: the contribution of portable antiquities. Richards, J.D. and J. Naylor 2012 in D. Petts and S.Turner (eds) Early Medieval Northumbria: Kingdoms and Communities, Studies in the Early Middle Ages, Brepols, 129-149.

Anglo-Scandinavian identity. Richards, J. D. 2011 The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Hamerow, H. & Crawford, S. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 46-61


Ahead of the curve: adventures in e-publishing in Internet Archaeology. Richards, J. D. 2015. Archäologische Informationen 38

Digging into data: Open Access and Open Data. Richards, J. D. & Winters, J. 2015. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies 5, 285-98

An Anglian Settlement in the Yorkshire Wolds (Data Paper). Richards, J. D. & Roskams, S. 27 Oct 2014. Internet Archaeology.


Other Information:

Julian is also Director of York’s Centre for Digital Heritage, and the founding Director of The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).


See Julian’s University of York profile


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