I am a specialist in life and interaction at the edges of the Roman Empire, comparative borderland dynamics in world history, archaeological theory (e.g. archaeology of place, process philosophy, postcolonial perspectives), and digital tools/methodologies within archaeology, history, and the wider humanities.

I currently direct the Archaeology program at Calvin College and have active archaeological fieldwork projects in Jordan, where I am the Director of Excavations for the Umm al-Jimal Project and Director of the Hisban North Church Project. Previously, I was the academic lead for the Hidden Landscape of a Roman Frontier Project, a collaborative project of Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic Environment Scotland that focused on remote sensing of the Antonine Wall.


Ph.D. Archaeology, University of Durham, 2014
More than a Roman Monument: A Place-centered Approach to the Long-term History and Archaeology of the Antonine Wall

MA Archaeology (Roman), University of Durham, 2009
Arthur’s O’on: The Arch(a)eology of a Lost Monument

BSc Behavioral Sciences (Anthropological Archaeology emphasis), Andrews University, 2007
Arabes Esbonitae: Hellenization, Romanization, and Culture Change in Central Transjordan


Hannon, N., Wilson, L., and Rohl, D.J. (2020) Planning the Antonine Wall: an Archaeometric Reassessment of Installation Spacing, in D. Breeze and W. Hanson (Eds.), The Antonine Wall: Papers in Honour of Professor Lawrence Keppie. Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 67-85.

Hannon, N., Rohl, D.J., and Wilson, L. (2017) The Antonine Wall’s Distance Slabs: LiDAR as Metric Survey. Journal of Roman Archaeology 30, 447–468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1047759400074201

Rohl, D.J. (2015) Place Theory, Genealogy, and the Cultural Biography of Roman Monuments, in T. Brindle, M. Allen, E. Durham, and A. Smith (Eds.), TRAC 2014: Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 1–16. http://doi.org/10.16995/TRAC2014_1_16

Rohl, D.J. (2012) Chorography: History, Theory and Potential for Archaeological Research, in M. Duggan, F. McIntosh, and D.J. Rohl (Eds.), TRAC 2011: Proceedings of the Twenty-First Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 19–32. https://doi.org/10.16995/TRAC2011_19_32

Rohl, D.J., 2011. The Chorographic Tradition and Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Scottish Antiquaries. Journal of Art Historiography 5, 1–18.


American Schools of Oriental Research (individual and institutional)

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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