The core team members of the Binchester Project and VINOVIUM.ORG are:


Melissa Chatfield, R.P.A., B.A. (University of Colorado), M.A., Ph.D. (UC Santa Barbara).
Role: Binchester Project Co-Director and Principal Investigator, Financial Manager


Background: Melissa is an archaeologist specializing in the role of ancient pottery firing technologies with an interest in situations of culture contact and developing complexity. Her experimental pottery replication work examines the acquisition and transmission of craft knowledge in diverse regions and time periods, such as Inca-Spanish Colonial Peru and the Anatolian Neolithic. A licensed archaeologist in Peru and the U.S., she has excavated in North and South America, England, and Sudan.  Her Clay Technology Lab research group can be found online at


At Binchester: She is studying adaptive clay technology and transitions in firing techniques between the Iron Age and Roman Period through pottery and kiln replication.


Gary Devore, B.A. (College of Wooster), M.A. (SUNY, Buffalo), Ph.D. (Bradford)
Role: Binchester Project Co-Director and Principal Investigator, CEO


Background: Gary lectures at Stanford University. Specializing in the archaeology of the Roman world, he has dug in Scotland and Italy. From 2005-2009, he was co-director of a major excavation project in Pompeii, investigating a non-elite neighborhood, the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS).  He is now one of the co-directors and principal investigators of the Binchester Project.


At Binchester: His current research interests regarding Binchester include the Hadrian’s Wall Frontier Zone, the archaeology of Roman vici settlements, and virtual reconstructions of antiquity.


Professor Michael Shanks, Ph.D. (Cantab), Doc. (Gothenburg), PGCE (Durham)
Role: Binchester Project Co-Director


Background: Michael’s archaeology began in the Roman borders of the north of England and Scotland. He has been exploring Hadrian’s Wall, the great medieval city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and north through the heartland of Celtic Christianity and the landscapes of Walter Scott, since he was a schoolboy volunteer on the rescue excavations of the Antonine supply fort at Corbridge Red House, back in 1974. He has also specialized in studying the first Greek cities in the Mediterranean (ten years and more looking through the lens of ceramics and urban design), as well as early farming societies and their monuments in Wessex and Sweden – new models and stories of early agriculture, the first cities and empires, long term social and cultural trends, and how much the modern world has in common with antiquity. He is particularly well known for his work in archaeological theory, and broadly in the field of design studies. Michael’s web sites are at,, and


Christopher Witmore, B.A. (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), M.A. (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Stanford).
Role: Binchester Project Principal Investigator (Texas Tech University)


Background: Chris has worked extensively throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. For Chris, the past constitutes a reservoir of alternatives from which we may draw insights into pressing matters of concern today, whether they are related to questions of ecology, science, or technology. His research also combines interests in Greco-Roman antiquity and material culture with questions of archaeological practice and documentation.


At Binchester: Chris is interested in the study of excavation practice and questions related to archaeological documentation. He is also committed to providing Texas Tech University students with opportunities to experience archaeological excavation.