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Biography

Thanks so much for visiting my website and blog!  As you might gather my name is Dr Simon Elliott and I'm an historian and archaeologist based in Kent. In 2017 I completed my PhD at the University of Kent in Archaeology where I studied the military presence in Britain during the Roman occupation (with a particular focus on the Classis Britannica regional fleet) - I am now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University. I have a Masters Degree in War Studies from KCL and a Masters Degree in Archaeology from UCL, both completed part time in the past decade, and an original BSc in History and Politics. For a day job I run a Public Relations company looking after the communications interests of a variety of corporate clients.  The skill set I use both as an historian/ archaeologist and being a PR practitioner is derived from my former career as an aerospace and defence writer, for example having been a journalist at both Jane’s Defence Weekly and Flight International, and having similarly worked on national newspapers.

I have had a large number of articles published regarding my research on military history and archaeology in publications such as Military History Monthly, History Today, BBC History Magazine, RUSI Journal and British Archaeology (links attached), and my first 'full fat' history book was published through The History Press in August 2016. Entitled 'Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain', it tells the story of the Roman Navy in Britain. This book won the Military History Monthly Book of the Year Award 2017. My second book, through Oxbow Books, was published in July 2017 and is entitled 'Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire'.  This tells the story of the Roman military in all of its activities except fighting, so for example administration, engineering and construction and running industry.  My third book, called 'Septimius Severus in Scotland: The Northern Campaigns of the First Hammer of the Scots', was published by Greenhill Books in February 2018. It tells of the story of this warrior Emperor's attempts to conquer Scotland in AD 209 and AD 210. My fourth and fifth books were published in July 2018. The first, Roman Legionaries through Casemate, tells all there is to know about this elite warrior in the ancient world. The second, Ragstone to Riches through British Archaeological Reports, is based on my PhD thesis detailed above.


I speak and lecture regularly and widely on my research to history societies and archaeological groups, and most recently presented my 'Ragstone to Riches' presentation in the Guildhall in the City of London where I explained how the Roman city was built using ragstone quarried in the upper Medway Valley where I live. I am also the co-Director of a Roman villa excavation and regularly carry out other archaeological field work. I am very proud to be both a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, and an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. 

Outside of history and archaeology I am an active war gamer and modeller, am a passionate rugby fan, equally love the louder end of rock music, and enjoy taking my golden doodle Hector for a walk!