Peter S Wells

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395 HHH Ctr

301 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties


  • material culture
  • visual representation
  • central Europe
  • culture contact
  • European prehistory
  • frontiers
  • Iron Age
  • late prehistory
  • Roman and early medieval periods
  • Roman Europe
  • identity
  • ancient Germans
  • ancient Celts
Courses Taught
  • Anth 5446 - Archaeology of Representation as Communication
  • Anth 5442 - Archaeology of the British Isles
  • Anth 4043 - Archaeology of Northern Europe
  • Anth 3027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe
  • Anth 3009 - Rise of Civilization
Research & Professional Activities


  • Cognition and Society in Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe:
  • Communication Systems before Writing:
  • Cultural Change in Roman Frontier Regions of Europe:
  • How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times. Wells, Peter, Princeton, Author, 2012.
  • Image and Response in Early Europe. Wells, Peter, Duckworth, Author, 2008.
  • Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered. Wells, Peter, Norton, Author, 2008.
  • The Battle that Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest. Wells, Peter, Norton , Author, 2003.
  • Beyond Celts, Germany and Scythians: Archaeology and Identity in Iron Age Europe. Wells, Peter, Duckworth, Author, 2001.
  • The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe. Wells, Peter, Princeton, Author, 1999.
  • Settlement, Economy, and Cultural Change at the End of the European Iron Age: Excavations at Kelheim in Bavaria, 1987-1991. Wells, Peter, Author, 1997.