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Elizabeth Richley

PhD research bringing together diverse aspects of archaeological field research from the Portus Project

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Hi, I'm Elizabeth Richley and I studied within Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton.

I started my university career studying single honours archaeology, in 2008-9 I gained an M.Sc in Archaeological Computing Spatial technology at the University of Southampton. After my course I went to Munich, Germany and was fortunate to have work experience with the Bavaria Culture and Heritage department and also undertake 2 months of geophysical survey and data processing Coracle Archaeology. I was then employed at the British School at Rome as a geophysical research assistant for two years, during which I was given the opportunity to work at the site of Portus, both excavating and surveying.

My PhD research will bring together diverse aspects of archaeological field research from the Portus Project. This has been running since 1998 and a large amount of data has been collated from surveys (including topographical, terrestrial geophysical, field-walking, building, underwater and laser scanning), environmental sampling (including coring, dendrochronology and floatation) and from excavations. My project will make use of not only the geophysical data but also geo-archaeological data in the form of cores and soil samples from the excavation and Lidar survey to advance existing data integration methods so as to incorporate the multi-disciplinary nature of research at Portus and to develop methods of integrating and computer-based visualization of 3d datasets to provide greater understanding of this key ancient maritime site. I will be working with members of the School of Geography and the Environment (Professor A. Brown) to gain greater understanding of the Lidar dataset as well as understanding the geological context of the site from the cores (collected by the University of Lyon) and soil samples (currently under analysis by the University of Cambridge) and how this in turn affects the geophysical results.

Supervisory Team:
Professor Simon Keay
Professor Anthony Brown
Kris Strutt

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