My main interest lies in the field of landscape archaeology which can be defined as study of spaces occupied by past societies/cultures.
I research and teach Mediterranean art and archaeology and I am listed in the Register of Professional Archaeologists. I have worked on excavations in the United States, Spain, Jordan, and Italy (particularly at the site of Morgantina, in east-central Sicily), since 1998. In 2014, I began a new collaborative project on the Iberian indigenous settlement of Cástulo, in Andalusia, with archaeologists from the University of Jaén and the Andalusian regional government. This work has been supported by grants from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the National Geographic Society. I have also worked to develop the emerging field of space archaeology. Together with my co-PI, Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University), I am leading the first large-scale archaeological investigation of a human habitation site in space: the International Space Station. This project received a 2019 Discovery Grant from the Australian Research Council (two years at AUD$244,400). Follow @ISSarchaeology on Twitter and our website, ISS Archaeology, for regular updates on this project. My publications have concerned imported pottery found at Morgantina, and the implications of that material for a new consumer-oriented perspective on the ancient economy. The final results of this research will be published in a volume of Morgantina Studies, to be co-authored with Carla Antonaccio (Duke University) and Jenifer Neils (Case Western Reserve University). A general monograph on the relationship between economic consumption and identity in the western Mediterranean and trans-Alpine Europe, titled Consumerism in the Ancient World: Imports and Identity Construction, was published by Routledge Press in late 2013. You can read reviews here, here, here, and here. My other work includes problems related to cultural heritage management and the use of digital technology in art history and archaeology. I have received several awards, including a Fulbright Grant to Greece in 2002-2003, a Rome Prize in 2003-2004, the inaugural Arthur Ross Advanced Research Fellowship from the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2008, and a Tytus Summer Residency Fellowship from the Burnam Classics Library at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. In 2016, I was Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Bristol. USERS INTERESTED IN MY DATA SETS SHOULD VISIT THE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY DIGITAL COMMONS.
I am an archaeologist working on prehistoric wetland sites and the archaeology of alpine spaces, currently based at the University of Bern in Switzerland. I did my studies in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Social Anthropology and the History of Eastern Europe. Accordingly, I have a deep interest in inter- and transdisciplinarity research. In my PhD thesis titling ‘Ceramics beyond Cultures: A praxeological approach to mobility, entanglements and transformation in the northern Alpine space (3950-3800 BC)’, I combined different thing, action, cultural and social theories with qualitative and quantitative methods of archaeology and archaeometry. While this project aimed at inquiring the role of spatial mobility for transformations in Neolithic pottery production and consumption practices, my latest research is focussed on the mutuality of human-environment-relations.
My doctoral research is an investigation of the archaeology and history of sarsen stone use in southern Britain. Funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, I am co-supervised by Professor Martin Bell (University of Reading) and Professor Josh Pollard (University of Southampton). My study area extends from Dorset to Kent, and expect my specific case studies to be in south-west Dorset, north Wiltshire, the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border, south Buckinghamshire, and the Medway Valley in Kent. A heritage professional for a number of year, I work for Historic England, the UK public body that helps people care for, enjoy, and celebrate England’s historic environment. With strengths in archaeological archives, aerial photography, and historic mapping, my current role is in heritage protection.
I am a specialist in the archaeology of Rome’s western provinces, and in provincial architecture in particular. I am interested on the impact of empire on the peoples of the provinces, and how it altered the routines of their daily lives. I have also pioneered approaches to the social archaeology of the western provinces, in particular gender and age. I am currently working on religious architecture in Roman Britain.
My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory, the history of archaeology, public archaeology and the early medieval archaeology of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia (c. 400-1100). I’m a co-director of Project Eliseg, and co-convenor of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory.
I am a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas. My research focuses on the interaction between marginal, rural regions and expanding empires in the medieval and post-medieval Eastern Mediterranean, using a combination of archaeological data, archival sources, and remotely-sensed imagery analysis. My current project, “European Frontiers: Rural Spaces and Expanding States,” looks at the local experience of living in imperial frontiers, focusing on case studies from highland Crete and Dalmatia. Results of the study will provide insight into how frontier communities are shaped by the process of state expansion from an economical, social, political, and environmental perspective.
I joined the Department of History, Culture and Civilization of the University of Bologna after winning the “Montalcini” program against the so-called “brain-drain” and after a long period of research at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge (first with a fellowship from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and then with a Marie Slodowska Curie IF). Previously, I had earned a Ph.D. at the Institute of Archeology, University College London, funded by the AHRC and the British School at Athens. My research interests range from prehistory and archeology of the Mediterranean (with particular attention to the Bronze Age), to social theory (in particular Marxist archeology) to the use of applications based on graph-theory, to cultural heritage studies (with specific attention to the so-called “difficult heritage”), and, finally, the history of the archaeological thought.
I study the material and visual cultures of late ancient and early medieval Europe, with a special focus on iconographies and architectures of authority in the post-Roman successor states. My doctoral dissertation is a cultural history of palaces between the time of Tetrarchy and that of the Carolingians. Though a constant across this period, palaces underwent dramatic changes architecturally and institutionally. Drawing on theories of landscape and space, I use palaces as a lens for examining shifts in concepts of legitimate authority and the relationship of ruler and subject. In addition to my dissertation, I am also interested in the history of medieval art more generally (including its historiography); urban studies and architectural theory; and concepts of identity, ethnicity, and community in the Early Middle Ages.
I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland’ in 2009. From 2009-10 I held a short-term lectureship at the University of of Aberdeen and from 2010 have worked for Historic Environment Scotland. I am currently Aerial Survey Projects Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) at the University of Glasgow. I am co-director of the Lochbrow Landscape Project, an archaeological survey project investigating the sites and landscapes at and around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway. My research interests include the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland, timber monumentality and the use of wood to build monuments, aerial archaeology and the interpretation of cropmarks, relationships between humans and the environment in prehistory, landscape archaeology and the integration of experiential and GIS approaches. My publications cover themes of Neolithic Scotland, cropmark archaeology, experiential and landscape archaeology.