Browse/search for people

Professor Mark Horton

Professor Mark Horton

Professor Mark Horton

Emeritus Professor

Office Room 2N09
65 Woodland Rd,
Bristol, BS8 1UL
(See a map)

Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6080

Research summary

My research focuses on historical archaeology, historical landscapes, maritime landscapes, long distance trade and social responses, early spread of Islam and Christianity, archaeology and the media.

I have undertaken archaeological research and directed excavations in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), Egypt, mainland Central America (Panama, Honduras, Belize), island Caribbean (St Kitts, St Lucia, Cayman Islands), Bermuda, Sri Lanka, as well as England, (mostly Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset), Isle of Man, Ireland, and France.

Read more >


  • Specialist in the archaeology of historical societies around the world
  • Programme Director of MA Maritime Archaeology and History

Research projects

East African coastal societies
Swahili towns, early Islam, long distance Indian Ocean trade, and maritime archaeology. Excavations include Shanga (1980-86) several sites on Zanzibar and Pemba (1984, 1988-94). Publications include The Swahili: the social landscape of a mercantile society (with J. Middleton) (Oxford: Blackwell 2001) and Shanga: The Archaeology of a Muslim Trading Community on the Coast of East Africa (British Institute in Eastern Africa 1996). Monograph on the Archaeology of Zanzibar and Pemba (in preparation).

Caribbean historical archaeology
Projects ...

Read more >

Recent publications

Read more >

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Edit this profile If you are Professor Mark Horton, you can edit this page. Login required.

All details on one page > for printing etc.