Dr. Hodges began his career as an archaeologist with excavations in his home village of Box, Wiltshire while at high school. During that time he founded a village archaeology society which is thriving today. He studied archaeology and history at Southampton University where he completed a doctorate on the archaeology of Dark Age trade. In 1976 he joined Sheffield University as a lecturer and while there launched excavations in England and Italy at Roystone Grange (Derbyshire), Montarrenti (Tuscany) and San Vincenzo al Volturno (Molise).
From 1988-95 Dr. Hodges was Director of the British School at Rome, during which time he enlarged the excavations at San Vincenzo al Volturno with support from the Abbey of Monte Cassino, and joined the Butrint Foundation as its scientific director (1993-2012) to launch new excavations and site management strategies at the World Heritage Site of Butrint (Albania).
From 1996-98 Dr. Hodges was Director of the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, then from 1998 he has been Professor in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. During this period, he served in the Ministry of Culture in Albania (1999), as adviser to the Packard Humanities Institute during the Zeugma (Turkey) excavations (2000), and as Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (2007-12).
Dr. Hodges is a Board member of the Istituto Packard, Italian affiliate of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He has been Visiting Professor at SUNY-Binghamton (1983), the University of Siena (1984-87), the University of Copenhagen (1987-88) and the University of Sheffield (2006-7).
Dr. Hodges was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s honours in 1995.
- 1981. The Hamwih Pottery: the local and imported wares from thirty years' excavations in Southampton and their European context. London: Council for British Archaeology Research Report.
- 1982. Edited (with G. Barker) Archaeology and Italian Society. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
- 1982. Dark Age Economics: The Origins of Town and Trade. London/New York : Duckworth / St Martins Press (new edition 1989).
- 1983. Edited (with P. Davey) Ceramics and Trade. Sheffield: Department of Archaeology and Prehistory Sheffield University.
- 1983. (with D. Whitehouse). Mohammed Charlemagne and the origins of Europe: Archaeology and Pirenne thesis. London / Ithaca: Duckworth / Cornell (new edition 1989). Revised French edition published as Mahomet, Charlemagne et les origines de l'Europe Paris: Pierre Zech.
- 1985. Edited (with J. Mitchell) San Vincenzo al Volturno: the archaeology, art and territory of an early medieval monastery. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports
- 1988. Primitive and Peasant Markets. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
- 1988. Edited (with B. Hobley) The Rebirth of Towns in the West AD 700-1050. London: Council for British Archaeology Research Report.
- 1989. The Anglo-Saxon Achievement: Archaeology and the beginnings of English Society. London/Ithaca : Duckworth /Cornell.
- 1991. Early Medieval archaeology in Western Europe: its history and development. Bangor: Headstart History
- 1991. Wall-to-Wall History: The Story of Roystone Grange. London: Duckworth (Winner of British Archaeological book of the year 1992).
- 1991. Edited (with K. Smith) Recent Developments in the Archaeology of the Peak District. Sheffield: Department of Archaeology and Prehistory Sheffield University.
- 1993. Edited San Vincenzo al Volturno 1: the 1980-86 excavations. London: British School at Rome.
- 1995. Edited San Vincenzo al Volturno 2: the 1980-86 excavations part 2. London: British School at Rome
- 1995. (with J. Mitchell). La basilica di Giosue a San Vincenzo al Volturno. Montecassino: Edizione CEP. Revised English edition published in 1996 as The Abbey of Abbot Joshua at San Vincenzo al Volturno.
- 1996. Edited (with G.P. Brogiolo, S. Gelichi, R. Francovich & H. Steuer) Archaeology and History of the Middle Ages. XIII International Congress of Prehistoric & Protohistoric Sciences Forli.
- 1997. Light in the Dark Ages. The Rise and Fall of San Vincenzo al Volturno. London / Ithaca: Duckworth / Cornell University Press.
- 1998. Edited (with W. Bowden) The Sixth Century. Production, distribution and consumption. The Hague: E. J. Brill (Volume 2 in the European Science Foundation's Transformation of the Roman World project).
- 2000. Towns and Trade in the Age Charlemagne. London: Duckworth.
- 2000. Visions of Rome. Thomas Ashby, Archaeologist. London: British School at Rome.
- 2003. (with Riccardo Francovich) Villa to Village. London: Duckworth.
- 2004. (with W. Bowden and K.Lako) Byzantine Butrint Oxford: Oxbow Books.