President of The American University of Rome
Dr. Richard Hodges
Dr. Richard Hodges has served as the President of The American University of Rome since 2012.
Dr. Hodges began his career as an archaeologist with excavations in his home village of Box, Wiltshire while at high school. During that time he founded a village archaeology society – which is still thriving today. He studied archaeology and history at Southampton University where he completed a doctorate on the archaeology of Dark Age trade.
In 1976 Dr. Hodges joined Sheffield University as a lecturer and while there launched excavations in England and Italy at Roystone Grange (Derbyshire), Montarrenti (Tuscany) and San Vincenzo al Volturno (Molise).
From 1988-95 he was Director of the British School at Rome, during which time he enlarged the excavations at San Vincenzo al Volturno with support from the Abbey of Monte Cassino, and joined the Butrint Foundation as its scientific director (1993-2012) to launch new excavations and site management strategies at the World Heritage Site of Butrint (Albania).
From 1996-98 Dr. Hodges was Director of the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture. From 1998 he served as Professor in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. During this period, he served in the Ministry of Culture in Albania (1999), as adviser to the Packard Humanities Institute during the Zeugma (Turkey) excavations (2000), and as Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (2007-12).
Dr. Hodges is a Board member of the Istituto Packard, Italian affiliate of the Packard Humanities Institute. He has been Visiting Professor at SUNY-Binghamton (1983), the University of Siena (1984-87), the University of Copenhagen (1987-88) and the University of Sheffield (2006-7).
Dr. Hodges was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Honours, 1995.
Edited with S. Gelichi, New Directions in Medieval Archaeology (Brepols, Turnhout, 2015).
The Archaeology of Mediterranean Placemaking (Bloomsbury, London, 2016).
Recent Essays and Reports
Review: C. Loveluck, Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, c. AD 600-1150. A comparative history, Antiquity 88 (2014): 996-97.
(with P. Gwynne & J. Vroom) Archaeology and Epic: Butrint and Ugolino Verino’s Carlias, Papers of the British School at Rome 82 (2014): 199-235.
Landscape and Society: The Making of San Vincenzo’s Mediterranean Valley, in K. Boyle, R. Rabett & C. Hunt (eds.) Living in the Landscape, (Cambridge, McDonald Institute, 2014), 267-85.
(with J. Mitchell) The Forty Saints, Saranda, Expedition 56.3 (2014): 38-44.
The Shadow of Enver Hoxha. A short history of the Butrint Foundation, 1993-2012, Public Archaeology 13 (2014): 11-29.
The idea of the polyfocal ‘town’? Archaeology and the origins of medieval urbanism in Italy, in S. Gelichi & R. Hodges (eds.) New Directions in European Medieval Archaeology. Essays for Riccardo Francovich), Turnhout, Brepols (2015): 267-84.
Review B. Ambrosiani, Excavations in the Black Earth 1990-1995. Stratigraphy Vol.1. Part One: The site and the shore; Part Two: the Bronze Caster’s Workshop (Birka Studies volume 9), Medieval Archaeology 58 (2014): 399-400.
Medieval archaeology and civic society: celebrating 40 years of Archeologia Medievale, in S. Gelichi (ed.) Quarant’Anni di Archeologia Medievale in Italia,( Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio, 2014), 177-83.
The Aspirations of Albanian Archaeology. Review of L. Përzhita, Ilir Gjipali, G. Hoxha and B. Muka (ed.) Proceedings of the International Congress of Albanian Archaeological Studies. 65th Anniversary of Albanian Archaeology (21-22 November, Tirana 2013). Antiquity 89 (2015): 1243-45.
Review, The Sveti Pavao shipwreck, Current World Archaeology 70 (2015): 58-59.
‘A God-guarded city’? The New Medieval Town of Butrint, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 39 (2015): 191-218.
L’introduzione dell’Archeologia Medievale in Molise, 1977-1980, ArcheoMolise VII (24) (2016), 28-39.
Fact and fiction in the Eastern Mediterranean: some conclusive remarks on Byzantine archaeology, in J. Vroom (ed.) Medieval and Post-Medieval Ceramics in the Eastern Mediterranean: Fact and Fiction, Turnhout, Brepols (2015): 343-49.
(with E. Carr, A. Sebastiani and E. Vaccaro) Beyond Butrint: the ‘Mursi’ survey, Annual of the British School at Athens 115 (2016), 1-29.
(with N. Christie) Anxious Abbots? Questions of Defence and Monastic Communities in Early Medieval Europe, in N. Christie & H. Herold (eds.), Fortified Settlements in Medieval Europe, Oxford , Oxbow Books (2016): 137-55.
Review Blendi Fevziu (translated by Majlinda Nisku, edited & introduced by Robert Elsie), Enver Hoxha. The Iron Fist of Albania, London, I.B.Tauris 2016, History Today August, 2016: 64.
Review, Franklin Toker, Volume I: On Holy Ground: Liturgy, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Cathedral and the Streets of Medieval Florence, Turnhout, Brepols, 2009; Volume II Archaeological Campaigns below the Florence Duomo and Baptistery, 1895-1980. Turnhout, Brepols, 2013, Speculum 91 (2016): 1170-71.
Review, Brian Ayers, The German Ocean, Current World Archaeology 80 (2016): 57.
The 9th-century abbot’s house at San Vincenzo al Volturno, in M. Dell’ Omo, C. Crova, & F. Marazzi (eds.) SODALITAS. Studi in memoria di Don Faustino Avagliano, Montecassino, Miscellanea Cassinese, 86 (2015): 473-90.
The Adriatic Sea in European perspective, in S. Gelichi & R. Hodges (eds) (Brepols, Turnhout, 2012): 207-34 (republished as: The Adriatic Sea in European perspective, Scottish Archaeological Journal 32 (2013): 95-120.)
Excavating away the ‘poison’: the topographic history of Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, in I. L.Hansen, R. Hodges and S.Leppard (eds), Butrint 4: The archaeology and histories of an Ionian town, (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012): 1-21.
Archaeologists as Placemakers: making the Butrint National Park, in I.L.Hansen, R. Hodges & S.Leppard (eds.) Butrint 4: The archaeology and histories of an Ionian town (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012): 309-21.
(with S.Leppard & J.Mitchell) The Eighth-Century Cloister at San Vincenzo al Volturno, Papers of the British School at Rome 80 (2012): 145-55.
(with W. Bowden) An ‘Ice Age settling on the Roman Empire’: Post-Roman Butrint between strategy and serendipity, in N. Christie and A. Augenti (eds.) Urbes Extinctae, (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2012): 207-41.
(with S. Greenslade) The aristocratic oikos on the Vrina Plain, Butrint, c. AD 830-1200, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 37 (2013): 1-19.
David Whitehouse (1941-2013), Archaeologia Medievale XXXIX (2012): 407-8.
(with M. Hobart & S. Campana) Monasteri contesi nella Tuscia Longobarda: il caso di San Pietro ad Asso, Montalcino (Siena), Archeologia Medievale XXXIX, (2011): 175-213.
Rodney Young, his noblesse oblige, and the OSS in Greece , Expedition 55 (2013): 42-43.
(with A. Paterlini) A short history of the Butrint Foundation’s conservation programme at Butrint, Albania: 1994-2012, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 15 (2013): 253-79.
Butrint’s northern frontier in the 11th century: the Dema Wall, Annual of the British School at Athens 113 (2014): 1-5.
Postcard from Transylvania, Current World Archaeology 68 (2014): 54-57.
Postcard from S. Michele at Olevano and the Crypt of the Original Sin, Current World Archaeology 69 (2014): 52-55.
Postcard from Bonn (through the ages), Current World Archaeology 7 (2015): 52-55.
Postcard from Doha and Al Zubarah, Current World Archaeology 71 (2015): 46-48.
Postcard from Rome (again), Current World Archaeology 72 (2015): 54-57.
Postcard from the Maremma, Current World Archaeology 73 (2015): 48-51.
Postcard from the Adirondacks, Current World Archaeology74 (2015): 50-53.
From Vigo to San Vincenzo al Volturno, via Tintagel, Current World Archaeology 75 (2015): 46-50.
Postcard from Lampedusa, Current World Archaeology 76 (2016): 46-49 (republished: Wanted in Rome June (2016), 2-5).
Postcard from Morocco, Current World Archaeology 77 (2016): 52-55.
Postcard from Malta, Current World Archaeology 78 (2016): 46-49.
Maria Antiqua opens to the public, Current World Archaeology 78 (2016): 10.
Butrint before the Butrint Foundation, 1993, Archeostorie 1 (2016).
Postcard from Gramsh, Current World Archaeology 79 (2016): 36-40.
Postcard from Luberon, Current World Archaeology 80 (2016): 48-51.
In Tunisia with Mr. Mosaic, Current World Archaeology 81 (2017): 40-44.
Il progetto San Vincenzo – 1980-99, varie memorie di uno privilegio straordinario, ArcheoMolise VIII (27) (2017): 50-59.