David Inglis

Department of Archaeology

Research Student

Thesis- White Peak, Dark Landscape: What impact did Roman lead production have on the formation of the militarised and rural landscapes of the Derbyshire Peak District?

David Inglis
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David Inglis
Department of Archaeology
Minalloy House
Regent Street
S10 2TN

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2013 as a mature student via an access course at Wakefield College.  I completed a BA programme in Prehistoric Archaeology in 2016 by which time I had developed “Sheffield Syndrome.”  I was awarded the Pamela Staunton Scholarship in 2016 to undertake an MA in Landscape Archaeology.  I started my PhD, funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities and in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority, in 2018.   

Both my undergraduate and Masters dissertations were Roman related field based landscape studies.  I established the community led Roman Road Project, in collaboration with the local Time Travellers Archaeology Group, during my time as an undergraduate.  This work reinvigorated Roman road studies in the Sheffield region and the presentation of the results has played to enthusiastic audiences both locally and nationally at community and conference level.  The research conducted during my undergraduate and Masters degrees provided a framework for my current PhD and I still continue to engage with the local archaeological community in all the work that I conduct.  

During my time at Sheffield I have worked in a huge number of projects – throughout Britain and at the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete where I worked with the geoarchaeological research team.  I have worked for the university over the last few years supervising the undergraduate field schools and various community excavations, as a module tutor and carrying out assessments for the Research Excellence Framework. 

I have also been employed working for university widening participation schemes such as Dig It!  Away from the university I have undertaken work for community projects such as the Tinsley Time and Travel Project, received a scholarship to spend a summer working with the National Trust at Keddleston Hall and worked within commercial archaeology for a number of local companies, most notably Archaeological Services WYAS

  • 2018 – Present- PhD candidate – University of Sheffield
  • 2016 – ​​​2018- MA Landscape Archaeology – University of Sheffield
  • 2013 – 2016- BA Prehistoric Archaeology – University of Sheffield
  • 2012 – 2013- Access to HE Diploma – Wakefield College
Research interests

Thesis-  White Peak, Dark Landscape: What impact did Roman lead production have on the formation of the militarised and rural landscapes of the Derbyshire Peak District?

My main research interest is landscape archaeology and involves combining archival and artefactual evidence with Geographic Information System (GIS) based analysis and archaeological field techniques (earthwork survey, geophysical prospection, aerial survey by small unmanned aircraft (SUA), p-XRF prospection and excavation).  

Having on worked on sites from the prehistoric to early modern I have a wide range of interests outside my study area

Thesis Abstract

Navio, Brough-on-Noe, North Derbyshire, was first established as a consolidation fort after the conquest of the Peak District c.80 AD.  Abandoned during the early 2nd Century, it was re-established in 154 AD and for the next 250 years, Navio, is the only fort within the area that remains functional throughout the latter period of Roman occupation. 

The history of the fort is primarily associated with lead production but the true extent of its relationship to the inhabitants of the wider landscape, over its lengthy occupation, has never been established or discussed in detail.  While the quarter millennium history of Navio is currently portrayed as a period of virtual stasis, it represents a unique opportunity to examine the lives of inhabitants of a lesser-Romanised landscape over a significant chronological period. 

The proposed research will evaluate the relationship between the Roman Fort Navio, North Derbyshire and its Peak District hinterland through combining archival and artefactual evidence with archaeological field techniques and Geographic Information System (GIS) based spatial analysis.  The dataset will be utilised to provide a comprehensive Roman Peak District landscape model for comparison with other ore producing regions within Roman Britain



  • 2019- Derek Riley Grant
  • 2018 – 2021-  White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) AHRC Studentship
  • 2018- Robert Kiln Award
  • 2016 – 2018- Pamela Staunton Scholarship
  • 2016- University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology Fieldwork Bursary
  • 2015- Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Bursary
  • 2015- University of Sheffield Work Experience Bursary


  • 2016- Rotherham Archaeological Society Dissertation Prize
  • 2015- Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience International Project of the Year
Teaching activities
  • 2020-  AAP113 Revealing the Past – Tutor (undergraduate)
  • 2018 – 2019- AAP107 Origins of Humanity – Tutor (undergraduate)
Professional activities and memberships

Fieldwork and Archaeological Experience

  • 2016 – 2019- Field School & Community Excavation Supervisor – Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
  • 2016 – 2019- DIG IT: Widening Participation Supervisor – Faculty of the Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield
  • 2017- Archaeologist – Tinsley Time and Travel Project
  • 2016- Archaeologist – Archaeological Research Services
  • 2016 – Present-  Archaeologist – Archaeological Services WYAS
  • 2015- Archaeologist – National Trust
  • 2015- Geoarchaeologist – Knossos Gypsades Research Project

Other Positions

  • 2019 – Present- REF 2021 Impact Report Intern – Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
  • 2013 – 2015- Adult Education Coordinator – Eastmoor Community Project
Publications, Conferences & Presentations
  • Forthcoming (2021) Follow the Yellow Brick Roads: How does earlier archaeological evidence for Roman roads within the Sheffield region relate to recent discoveries within the area? Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society.  

  • Forthcoming (2021) The Roman Road Project (Sheffield).  Iterna: Journal of the Roman Roads Research Association.

Conference Papers and Public Presentations
  • 2021 (Poster). White Peak, Dark landscape: an ongoing study of the impact lead production had on the formation of the militarised and rural landscapes of the Roman Peak District, and how this compared with other mineral-rich areas of Britannia?  Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC).  Rescheduled from 16th -18th April 2020.

  • 2020 (Online Lecture). White Peak, Dark Landscape: an ongoing study of the impact lead production had on the formation of the militarised and rural landscapes of the Roman Peak District, and how this compared with other mineral-rich areas of Britannia? Council for British Archaeology, Festival of Archaeology.  11th- 19th July 2020.  Available from: https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/

  • 2019 (Conference Paper).  What impact did Roman lead production have on the formation of the militarised and rural landscapes of the Derbyshire Peak District, and how did this compare with other mineral-rich areas of the western Empire? University of Sheffield, Department of Archaeology, Postgraduate Research Conference.  23/01/19.

  • 2018 (Conference Paper).  Ricknild Street: Divisions in the Roman Landscape.  On the Streets Conference, Street Heritage Research Group, University of Sheffield.  01/12/18.

  • 2017 (Film).  A Roman Walk: Tinsley Time and Travel/ Travelling Through Time: Tinsley.  Archaeosoup (for Tinsley Time and Travel Project).  Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrU4LlFLh34 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NrlucC61wo&list=PLV8Xi2CnRCUmiOOmP4SJYlPPRLtgN7zn8&index=4&t=0s

  • 2016 (Conference Paper).  The Roman Road Project (Sheffield).  Ivan D. Margary Memorial Conference, Roman Roads Research Association.  13/11/16.  

  • 2016 (Online Lecture).  The Roman Road Project.  Festival of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield.  Available from: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/festivalah/exhibition/archaeology/roman-road-project

  • 2016 to present (Community Events).  The Roman Road Project (Sheffield).  Presentation of fieldwork and research to various community groups: Time Travellers (x2), Brough-on-Noe, Hunter Archaeological Society, Archaeology in City, Castleton Historical Society, Hope Historical Society, Hillsborough History Group, Brinsworth History Group, Aston-cum-Aughton History Group, Bradwell Historical Society, Tinsley Time and Travel Project and Bolsterstone Archaeology and History Group