Richard Hodges (archaeologist)

Richard Hodges

Dr. Richard Hodges, President of The American University of Rome (2012).
11th President of The American University of Rome
Assumed office
July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
Preceded by Robert Marino
Andrew Thompson (acting)
Personal details
Born Richard Hodges
(1952-09-29) September 29, 1952
Bath, England, United Kingdom.
Residence Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Alma mater University of Southampton
Profession Archeologist
Website Office of the President of The American University of Rome

Richard Hodges OBE, FSA (born 29 September 1952) is a British archaeologist and president of The American University of Rome.[1][2] A former professor and director of the Institute of World Archaeology at the University of East Anglia (1995–2007), as of 2009 Hodges is also the former Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia (October 2007- 2012).[3] His published research primarily concerns trade and economics during the early part of the Middle Ages in Europe. His earlier works include Dark Age Economics (1982), Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe (1983) and Light in the Dark Ages: The Rise and Fall of San Vincenzo Al Volturno (1997).

Research and Career

In his influential work Dark Age Economics (1982) he cited extensive archaeological evidence for a network of trade outposts called emporia that encircled the North Sea. These emporia rose and flourished between the 7th and 9th centuries, and varied from simple settlements of no more than a dock and several warehouses to complex settlements with gridded streets and permanent populations such as those found at Dorestad and Quentovic. After increased Viking activity in the later half of the 9th century, nearly all emporia were either absorbed into better-defended settlements nearby or abandoned. He has subsequently developed and expanded on this hypothesis in more recent works such as, Mohammed Charlemagne and the origins of Europe (1983), The Anglo-Saxon Achievement (1989) and Towns and Trade in the Age of Charlemagne (2000).

He has taught archaeology at University of Sheffield, the University of Siena (Italy), and the University of Copenhagen. From 1988-1995 he served as Director of the British School at Rome. He became head of the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture in 1996.

In late 2007, Hodges was appointed Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.[4] In June 2011, Hodges announced that he planned to fulfill his 5-year contract as Williams Director but would step down effective June 30, 2012; at the time of this announcement, he was "in the running" to become the president of a European academic institution. If that position was not offered to him, he planned to return to the University of East Anglia.[5]

As of July 1, 2012, Hodges has taken up the position of president of The American University of Rome.

Hodges has excavated in Italy, at San Vincenzo al Volturno, and in Albania, at Butrint.



  1. "President-About Dr. Richard Hodges". The American University of Rome. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. Olszewski (2008, pp.4–5)
  4. University of Pennsylvania (2007, p.1)
  5. Salisbury, Stephan (22 June 2011). Philadelphia Inquirer /entertainment/20110622_Penn_Museum_chief_will_depart_in_2012.html /entertainment/20110622_Penn_Museum_chief_will_depart_in_2012.html Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)


Olszewski, Deborah I. (Spring 2008). "Richard Hodges, The Williams Director" (PDF online facsimile). Expedition. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 50 (1): 4–5. ISSN 0014-4738. OCLC 1568625. 
University of Pennsylvania (4 September 2007). "Penn Museum Director: Richard Hodges" (online edition). Almanac. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania. 54 (2): 1. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
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