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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

List of all staff members in Classical and historical archaeology
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Matthew JohnsonVisiting Professor
Simon KeayProfessor
Dragana MladenovićVisiting Academic
David PeacockEmeritus Professor

    Related Projects

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