David Mattingly is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester.

He began his archaeological journey at Vindolanda in the early 1970s and, following his BA and PhD at the University of Manchester. David has published widely on Roman Britain, Roman Africa, Roman frontiers and imperialism. Among books of general interest are his Imperial Possession; Britain in the Roman Empire and Imperialism Power and Identity; Experiencing the Roman Empire.

David's most recent field projects have been in the Sahara, exploring the desert neighbours of the Roman Empire.