School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Professor Roger Mercer


Honorary Professorial Fellow


Contact information
Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Professor Mercer is an alumnus of the University, graduating MA (Archaeology) in 1967.

Inspector of Ancient Monuments (DoE), London, 1969-1974 – responsible for all scheduling and casework in SW England as well as Guardianship Monuments of prehistoric character incl. Stonehenge, Avebury, Grimes Graves.  Also conducted excavations  at Carn Brea, Cornwall 1970-73 (Neol.) Grimes Graves, Norfolk 1971-72 (Neol.).  Also conducted survey and excavation at numerous early military defensive sites in S. England and at Fountains Abbey, Yorks N.R. 

Lecturer (1974), Reader (1982) Acting Head of Archaeology (1982-87), University of Edinburgh. Carried out excavations at Torness, E. Lothian 1975; Eskdale (Long Knowe) 1976; Balfarg henge, Fife 1977-78; Hambledon Hill causewayed enclosure, Dorset 1974-86; Eskdale (Castle O’er and Over Rig), Dumfries & Galloway 1984-85; Cnoc Stanger and Keiss, Caithness 1981; Sketewan BA cairn, Perthshire 1988.

Landscape Surveys carried out as student training exercises in Caithness (1977-85), Plym Valley, Dartmoor (1983 -87),  Bowmont Valley, Cheviot (1984-1989),  Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfries & Galloway (1986-1990).  Teaching and Research Neolithic and Bronze Age NW Europe and Britain& Ireland until 1990.

Secretary (Chief Executive), Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) 1990-2004.   Accounting officer responsible for professional, public service and programme development of 100+ professional and administrative staff (by 2003).  Oversaw the move to general on-line access to RCAHMS records and to massive expansion of curated collections. 

External appointments

Assessor, Queen’s Anniversary Prize Competition; Chairman of the Best British Archaeological Project Award Panel of the British Archaeological Awards Scheme (since 2006); former Chairman, Steering Committee of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework Project (until completion in January 2013); Member, Archaeology Advisory Panel, National Trust Scotland.