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ArchaeologyPart of Humanities

Research Group: Classical and historical archaeology

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Classical and historical archaeology is a key focus of Archaeology at Southampton.

Group Overview

Within our general interest in questions of social and cultural change, we are currently exploring specific issues such as the structure and organisation Roman Empire, and broader areas such as the origins of capitalism, colonialism, social power, material culture and identity, architecture, urbanism and built space.

In Classical archaeology we are currently engaged in a number of large scale field projects, including work in Etruscan and Roman Italy, in Crete, in Roman Egypt, Spain and East Africa, and through analyses of Roman trade through material culture science. We make innovative use of emerging scientific technologies alongside our social focus, including technologies of field survey, materials analysis and digital representation.

Our work in medieval and historical archaeology has an interdisciplinary flavour, and our recent work has both consolidated a range of themes and set new agendas for research. The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture also brings together scholars from across Humanities. As ever, the social forms the bedrock of our engagements with archaeology. Specifically in the contexts of material culture, architecture, landscape and food.

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Research Staff

Related Projects

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Minaret of Jam archaeological project - DormantDormant
Roman towns in the Tiber ValleyActive
Emergence of European communities project - DormantDormant
Identity and the life course in Islamic ÉcijaActive
Kravel project: The survey and recording of an early sixteenth century wreck in the BalticActive
Guernsey medieval wrecks projectActive
Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological ProjectActive
Quseir al-Qadim project - DormantDormant
St Laurence's Chapel - Bradford-on-Avon Active
Noviodunum archaeological project - DormantDormant
The survey of Hisn al-Bab, Aswan, EgyptActive
WG Hoskins and the making of landscape archaeology - DormantDormant
Langstone Harbour project - DormantDormant
The Three Valleys survey project, Hampshire - DormantDormant
Beaulieu river project - DormantDormant
Rome’s Mediterranean Ports (RoMP) or PortuslimenActive
Age and gender in the roman empireActive
Landscape archaeology of Hayton, East Yorkshire - DormantDormant
Krogen project - DormantDormant
Portus ProjectActive
Adulis - a port on the Red Sea, Eritrea - DormantDormant
Public architecture in Roman Britain - DormantDormant
Isle of Wight medieval landscape project Active
The Spina survey projectActive
NEVIS heritage projectActive
Insula dell’Ara Coeli and the western slopes of the CapitolineActive
Peñaflor - DormantDormant
Pompeii Project: Urban development in Pompeii: a case study of Insula 9 of Regio IActive
North Kharga Oasis surveyActive
Humanities: communitiesActive
Purbeck project - DormantDormant
Saxon fish weirs in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex - DormantDormant
The survey of Tell Tinnis, Manzala, EgyptActive
Geophysical and topographic surveying at Falerii Novi, LazioActive
Biological identity in ancient EgyptActive
Roman shipwrecks project - DormantDormant
Mons Porphyrites - DormantDormant
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