Dr Mark Lewis

Contact Details

Dr Mark Lewis
Archaeology & Numismatics
National Roman Legion Museum

Caerleon, Nr Newport
NP18 1AE

Map & How to Get Here

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3543

Staff Name

Dr Mark Lewis

Job Title

Senior Curator: Roman Archaeology

Areas of Responsibility:

Roman archaeology, Roman collections.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

MSc Conservation (Cardiff); PhD Archaeology (Conservation, Cardiff); Chairman, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust; Chairman, Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Research Interests

Currently completing a detailed report on ceramic altars recovered near Caerleon in 2007, and writing up research on the Caerleon Fortress Baths ‘thyrsus’ mosaic and Pollardswell House mosaic for publication. Also developing research proposals based on the Western Frontier of Britannia with Dr Caroline Pudney of the University of Chester, designed to complement the proposed redevelopment of the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon.  Research-active on Roman Caerwent, and working with Dr Peter Guest of Cardiff University on a new book about ISCA – Fortress of the Legion for publication in 2018. 


Archaeology, Roman archaeology, Caerleon, Caerwent, Roman Wales, materials analysis, archaeological conservation, conservation, curation.


Selected Publications

Lewis, M.R.T. 2012. Contribution to P. Guest, M. Luke & C. Pudney. Archaeological Evaluation of the Extramural Monumental Complex (‘The Southern Canabae’) at Caerleon, 2011. An Interim Report [PDF].  Cardiff Studies in Archaeology Specialist Report No. 33.  Cardiff, Cardiff University.

Lewis, M.R.T. 2011. The Isca Praetorium Reconsidered.  Monmouthshire Antiquary27, 17-34.  Aberystwyth, The Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Lewis, M.R.T. (with contributions from S. Clarke & J. Bray) 2008. Roman Clay Altars from CaerleonThe Monmouthshire Antiquary, 24,31-45.  Bristol, The Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Watkinson, D. & Lewis, M.R.T. 2008. Desiccated storage of chloride-contaminated iron: A study of the effects of loss of environmental control [PDF].  In E. May, M. Jones, & J. Mitchell (eds), Heritage Microbiology and Science.  Microbes, Monuments and Maritime Materials. London: RSC Publishing, 279-292.

Lewis, M. & the Young Archaeologists’ Club SE Wales Branch 2007. A second flood mark at Redwick, GwentThe Monmouthshire Antiquary, 23,60-66.  Bristol, The Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Lewis, M.R.T. & Davis, M. 2006.

Underground, overground: Reconstructing the Caerleon sarcophagus. In C. Buttler & M. Davis (eds), Things Fall Apart, Museum conservation in Practice.
National Museum Wales Books, 38-45.

Watkinson, D.E., Tanner, M. Turner, R. & Lewis, M.R.T. 2006.  SS Great Britain: teamwork as a platform for innovative conservation [PDF]The Conservator, 29 (2005/6)73-86.  London: ICON: The Institute of Conservation.

Watkinson, D.E. & Lewis, M.R.T. 2005. The role of βFeOOH in the corrosion of archaeological iron [PDF].  In P. B. Vandiver, J. L. Mass & A. Murray (eds), Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology VII (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 852, Warrendale, PA, 2005) OO1.6.

Watkinson, D.E. & Lewis, M.R.T. 2005. Desiccated storage of chloride-contaminated archaeological iron objects [PDF]. Studies in Conservation, 50, no. 4.  London: IIC.

Watkinson, D.E. & Lewis, M.R.T. 2004. SS Great Britain Iron Hull: Modelling Corrosion to Define Storage Relative Humidity [PDF].  In J. Ashton & D. Hallam. Metal ’04 Proceedings of the International Conference on Metals Conservation, Canberra 4th-8th October 2004 (Canberra: International Council of Museums (ICOM) & National Museum of Australia), 88-103. 

Lewis, M.R.T. 1998.  Poisonous Substances in Ethnographic Collections. ICOM Ethnographic Conservation Newsletter, 18 October 1998.