Research and Publications



Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Research Associate, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Bristol University

Academic interests

The slave trade, African Diaspora and colonialism

Roman Britain, with particular emphasis on coastal archaeology

PhD and subsequent publications written on late Roman coastal defences (the ‘Saxon Shore’)

Geoarchaeology, in particular Quaternary coastal evolution

Member of the working group for the Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework (University of Southampton)

Post-excavation publication work undertaken for the National Museums and Galleries of Wales

Part-time Lecturer at Bristol University, within the Continuing Education programme

Books and excavation monographs

Pearson, A, 2016, Distant Freedom: St Helena and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1840-1872. Liverpool University Press.

Pearson, A, Jeffs, B J, Witkin, A V, and MacQuarrie, H C, 2011, Infernal Traffic. The Excavation of a Liberated African Graveyard in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena. CBA Research Report No. 169. York: Council for British Archaeology. Reviewed: Antiquity, Vol. 87, Issue 336, pp. 620-1.

Pearson, A, 2006, The Work of Giants: stone and quarrying in Roman Britain. Stroud: Tempus.

Pearson, A, 2003, The construction of the Saxon Shore Forts. British Archaeological Report British Series 349. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Pearson, A, 2002, The Roman Shore Forts: coastal defences of southern Britain. Stroud: Tempus.

Journal articles and book chapters (selective list)

Pearson, A, forthcoming, ‘Voices from a “valley of dry bones”. Life narratives of the slave trade from St Helena’, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Special Edition: What's Next?: The Future of Auto/Biography Studies.

Pearson, A, and Jeffs, B, 2016, ‘Ethics and archaeology: excavating a freed slave graveyard in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena. In Dealing with the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology and Contemporary Society (Oxford University Press).

Pearson, A, 2016, ‘Waterwitch: a warship, its voyage and its crew in the era of anti-slavery’, Atlantic Studies 13.1, pp. 99-124.

MacQuarrie, H, and Pearson, A, 2016, ‘Prize Possessions: objects of adornment from a liberated African graveyard at Rupert’s Valley, St Helena’, Slavery and Abolition 37.1, pp. 45-72.

Pearson, A, 2012, A dataset to accompany the excavation report for a ‘liberated African’ graveyard in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena, South Atlantic. Journal of Open Archaeology Data 1 (1).

Pearson, A, 2006, Piracy in Late Roman Britain: a perspective from the Viking Age, Britannia 37, 337-53.

Pearson, A, 2005, Barbarian Piracy and the Saxon Shore: a reappraisal, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 24 (1), 73-88.

Pearson, A F, and O’Brien, L, 2005, Romano-British buildings at Tunbridge Lane, Bottisham, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society XCV, 171-3.

Pearson, A, 2002, Excavations at 97-99 High Street, Braintree, Essex, Essex Archaeology and History 33, 78-89.

Pearson, A, 2002, Stone Supply to the Saxon Shore Forts at Reculver, Richborough, Dover and Lympne, Archaeologia Cantiana 122, 197-220.

Pearson, A, and Potter, J, 2002, Church-building on Romney Marsh and the Marshland Fringe: a geological perspective, Landscape History 24, 94-110.

Fulford, M, Allen, J R L, and Pearson, A, 2001, Branodunum on the Saxon Shore (North Norfolk): a local option for the building material, Britannia 32, 271-74.

Pearson, A, 1999, Building Anderita: late Roman coastal defences and the construction of the Saxon Shore Fort at Pevensey, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 18 (1), 95-117.