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Mike Bishop

You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of trifles



Not in the sense of D.H. Lawrence, or even Jeffrey Archer, perhaps, but I place words on pages and they make sentences... sort of. Most of what I write is boring old reports, mainly on the subject of archaeology – the public duty to inform, I suppose, together with the odd academic paper. There is the occasional book too, but nothing that need detain you. I always write as M.C. Bishop to avoid confusion with all the other Mike Bishops in archaeology (all part of a subtle plan for us to take over the world whilst all the John Smiths are lulled into a false sense of security: indeed, recent research reveals that Mike Bishops are well on course to achieve this dubious goal...).

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  • (as editor) Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings of a Seminar Held in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, 21st March 1983, (Sheffield 1983)
  • 'The Camomile Street soldier reconsidered' in Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 34, 1983, 31-48
  • (as editor) The Production and Distribution of Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings of the Second Roman Military Equipment Research Seminar, BAR International Series 275, (Oxford 1985)
  • 'The military fabrica and the production of arms in the early principate' in Bishop, 1985, 1-42 PDF
  • 'The distribution of military equipment within Roman forts of the first century A.D.' in C. Unz (ed.) Studien zu den Militärgrenzen Roms III. 13. internationaler Limeskongreß Aalen 1983 Vortrage (Stuttgart 1986), 717-23
  • '"The evolution of certain features"' in M. Dawson (ed.) Roman Military Equipment: The Accoutrements of War. Proceedings of the Third Roman Military Equipment Research Seminar, BAR International Series 336, (Oxford 1987), 109-39 PDF
  • 'Cavalry equipment of the Roman army in the first century A.D.' in J.C. Coulston (ed.) Military Equipment and the Identity of Roman Soldiers. Proceedings of the Fourth Roman Military Equipment Conference, BAR International Series 394, (Oxford 1988), 67-194
  • 'O Fortuna: a sideways look at the archaeological record and Roman military equipment' in C. van Driel-Murray (ed.), Roman Military Equipment: the Sources of Evidence. Proceedings of the Fifth Roman Military Equipment Conference, BAR International Series 476, (Oxford 1989), 1-11
  • 'The articulated cuirass in Qin dynasty China', Antiquity 63:241, December 1989, 697-705 Link
  • 'Belt fittings in Buxton Museum' Arma 1, 1989, 11-13
  • 'The composition of some copper alloy artefacts from Longthorpe' Arma 1, 1989, 20-3
  • 'On parade: status, display, and morale in the Roman army' in Akten der 14. Internationalen Limeskongresses in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg/Carnuntum, 14.-21. September 1986, Römische Limes in Österreich Sonderband, (Vienna 1990), 21-30
  • 'A decorated dagger scabbard from Corbridge, Northumberland' Arma 2, 1990, 11
  • 'Two cavalry fittings from Castleford, West Yorkshire' Arma 2, 1990, 28-31
  • 'Legio V Alaudae and the crested lark', Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 1, 1990, 161-4 PDF
  • Recent Excavations on the Roman Fort at Chester-le-Street (Church Chare 1990-91), (Newcastle upon Tyne 1991)
  • 'Soldiers and military equipment in the towns of Roman Britain' in V.A. Maxfield & M.J. Dobson (eds.), Roman Frontier Studies 1989, (Exeter 1991), 21-7
  • 'The White Wall, Berwick upon Tweed', Archaeologia Aeliana Ser.5, XX, 1992, 117-19
  • 'Early enamelled belt plates from Britain' Arma 4, 1992, 17-19
  • 'The early imperial "apron"', Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 3, 1992, 81-104 PDF
  • 'Excavations in the Roman fort at Chester-le-Street (Concangis), Church Chare 1990-91', Archaeologia Aeliana Ser.5, XXI, 1993, 29-85
  • Corstopitum: An Edwardian Excavation, (London 1994)
  • 'Roman or native? A new hilt-guard from a Roman context' Arma 6, 1994, 16-18
  • 'Some pre-Flavian military equipment from Kent' Arma 7, 1995, 17-19
  • Finds from Roman Aldborough. A Catalogue of Small Finds from the Romano-British Town of Isurium Brigantum, Oxbow Monograph 65, (Oxford 1996)
  • 'How do you follow that? The Russell Robinson archive and the future of Roman military equipment studies', Arma 8, 1996, 9-12
  • 'Military equipment' in H.E.M. Cool & C. Philo (eds.), Roman Castleford Excavations 1974-85. Volume 1. The Small Finds, Yorkshire Archaeology 4 (Wakefield 1998), 61-81
  • 'An old Corbridge bath-house revisited', Archaeologia Aeliana series 5, volume 26, 1998, 39-47
  • 'The historical and archaeological context of the castra at Castleford' in P. Abramson, D.S. Berg, and M.R. Fossick, Roman Castleford Excavations 1974-85. Volume 2. The Structural and Environmental Evidence, Yorkshire Archaeology 5 (Wakefield 1999), 307-12
  • 'A late Iron Age and early Romano-British "ladder" settlement at Melton, East Yorkshire' , Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 71, 1999, 23-63
  • 'The Newstead "lorica segmentata"', Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 10, 1999, 27-43
  • 'Praesidium: social, military, and logistical aspects of the Roman army's provincial distribution during the early principate', in A. Goldsworthy & I. Haynes (eds.), The Roman Army as a Community, JRA Supplementary Series 34, Portsmouth RI, 111–18
  • 'The Roman military equipment', in J.C. Barrett, P.W.M. Freeman, and A. Woodward, Cadbury Castle Somerset. The Later Prehistoric and Early Historic Archaeology, English Heritage Archaeological Report 20 (London 2000), 242-7
  • 'A catalogue of military weapons and fittings', Jahresbericht der Gesellschaft Pro Vindonissa 2001, 2002, 7-12
  • 'Inveresk Gate' in M.C. Bishop (ed.), Roman Inveresk. Past, Present and Future (Chirnside 2002), 29-35
  • Lorica Segmentata vol.I: A Handbook of Articulated Roman Plate Armour, JRMES Monograph 1 (Chirnside 2002)
  • Inveresk Gate: Excavations in the Roman Civil Settlement at Inveresk, East Lothian, 1996-2000, STAR Monograph 7 (Edinburgh 2004)
  • 'A new Flavian military site at Roecliffe, North Yorkshire' Britannia XXXVI, 2005, 135-223
  • 'Nodding scholars, or how an old tile-stamp from Carlisle became a "new" tile-stamp from Corbridge', Archaeologia Aeliana series 5, 36, 2008, 366
  • 'The body armour' in C. Howard-Davis, The Carlisle Millennium Project: Excavations in Carlisle, 1998-2001, Volume 2: The Finds (Oxford 2009), 687-705
  • 'Corbridge' in M.F.A. Symonds and D.J.P. Mason (eds), Frontiers of Knowledge, A Research Framework for Hadrian's Wall (Durham 2009), 22-6
  • 'Keeping the weapons. Acquisition, ownership and storage' in Ancient Warfare Special Issue 2010, 66-73
  • An Introduction to Hadrian's Wall: One Hundred Questions About The Roman Wall Answered, PLV 1 (Darlington 2011)
  • 'Weaponry and military equipment', in L. Allason-Jones (ed.), Artefacts in Roman Britain: Their Purpose and Use (Cambridge 2011), 114–32
  • An Archaeological Guide to Walking Hadrian's Wall from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend (West to East), PLV 2 (Pewsey 2012)
  • 'Tracht und Bewaffnung: James Curle and the Newstead military equipment' in Hunter, F. and Keppie, L (eds), A Roman Frontier Post and Its People: Newstead 1911–2011 (Edinburgh 2012), 169–79
  • Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses (Barnsley 2013)
  • (with L. Allason-Jones) Excavations at Roman Corbridge: the Hoard, HBMCE Archaeological Report No.7, (London 1988)
  • (with M.V. Andrews) 'Absolute pollen analysis: an example of the use of the "home computer" in archaeology' in J.G.B. Haigh (ed.) Computer Applications in Archaeology 1983, 59-66
  • (with J. Thomas) '"BEAKER" - an expert system for the BBC Micro' in S. Laflin (ed.) Computer Applications in Archaeology 1984, 56-62
  • (with J.C. Coulston) Roman Military Equipment, Shire Archaeology, (Princes Risborough 1989)
  • (with J.C.N. Coulston) Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, (London 1993)
  • (with J.C.N. Coulston) Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, ed.2, (Oxford 2006)
  • (with J.N. Dore) Corbridge: Excavations of the Roman Fort and Town, 1947-80, HBMCE Archaeological Report No.8, (London 1989)
  • (with P.W.M. Freeman) 'Recent work at Osmanthorpe, Nottinghamshire', Britannia XXIV, 1993, 159-89
  • (with N.A. Griffiths) 'Some military fittings from Caerwent (Venta Silurum)', Arma 5, 1993, 18-20
  • (with M. McCarthy & T. Richardson) 'Roman armour and metalworking at Carlisle, Cumbria, England', Antiquity 75, 2001, 507-8 Link
  • (with D.L. Kennedy) 'Google Earth and the Archaeology of Saudi Arabia. A case study from the Jeddah area', Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 1284-93


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