Romanist and expert in Samian ware. Born in Chester, Hartley attended the King's School in the city, where he developed an interest in archaeology at an early age. He studied the classics at school, but after National Service in the RAF read natural sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Later he took a diploma in prehistoric archaeology at Cambridge and became a research assistant to Grahame Clark while lecturing in Romano‐British archaeology. Introduced to the Great Chesterton archaeological summer school by Graham Webster, he met other influential practitioners who encouraged him to develop an interest in Samian ware. In 1957 Hartley gained a lectureship in Romano‐British archaeology at Leeds University, where he stayed for the rest of his life, becoming reader in 1967. Based at Leeds, he directed excavations in the Nene Valley, Yorkshire, and with Sheppard Frere at the Samian ware production site at Lezoux, Puy de Dôme, France. In later life he set about revising the standard catalogue of makers' stamps found on Samian ware. Amongst his numerous publications is a seminal paper on ‘The Roman occupation of Scotland: the evidence of Samian ware’ (Britannia, 3 (1972), 1–55), and an edited volume on Rome and her northern provinces (with G. Webster, 1983, Gloucester: Alan Sutton). He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1957.
The Times, 18 May 2005