Classical & Archaeological Studies

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Dr David Walsh

Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies


Office: Cornwallis North West 231

Office Hours: Thursday 09.30-10.30, Friday 09.30-10.30

I was educated at the universities of Reading and Leicester before undertaking my PhD (Development, Decline and Demise: The Cult of Mithras ca. AD 270-430) at Kent. In between my time in academia, I have worked for various commercial archaeological units and excavated at sites in Cyprus, Italy and Kosovo. 

My research interests include the archaeology of the Roman and late antique periods. In particular I focus on the religious sphere, looking at the fate of temples, the continuation of ‘pagan’ activity into Late Antiquity, and acts of religious violence. I am currently editing my thesis for publication as a supplement to the Late Antique Archaeology series.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Walsh, D. (2018). The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity: Development, Decline and Demise ca. A.D. 270-430. [Online]. Leiden: Brill. Available at:
Walsh, D. (2018). Reconsidering the Butt Road "Church," Colchester: Another Mithraeum? Journal of Late Antiquity [Online] 11:339-374. Available at:
Walsh, D. (2016). The Fate of Temples in Noricum and Pannonia. American Journal of Archaeology [Online] 120:221-238. Available at:
Walsh, D. (2018). Book Review: Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology: Images of Mithra. Cambridge Archaeological Journal [Online] 28:512-513. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Walsh, D. (2016). Understanding the Status of the Cult of Mithras in the Tetrarchic Period: A Socio-Archaeological Approach. in: 25th annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, pp. 141-152. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 5 [See all in KAR]
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I teach modules that focus on the Roman and post-Roman periods, as well as a general introduction to archaeology.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or contact Classical & Archaeological Studies

Last Updated: 30/01/2019