R J A Wilson

  • The archaeology of Roman and early Byzantine Sicily
  • The archaeology and history of the Western Greeks
  • Roman north Africa
  • The Roman Empire in the West, including Britain
  • Roman art and architecture

Books

A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, 5th edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Il Triskeles: simbolo della Sicilia, Palermo: Edizioni Ducezio

Life and death on the shores of the Mediterranean: an early Byzantine settlement near Punta Secca (‘Kaukana’), Sicily (Bulletin Antieke Beschaving, Supplement), Leuven: Peeters

Book chapters in press

‘Roman villas in Sicily’, in A. Marzano and G. Métraux (ed.), The Roman villa in the Mediterranean: Expansion and Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press

‘Roman villas in North Africa’, in A. Marzano and G. Métraux (ed.), op. cit. (see above)

Papers in press

'UBC Excavations of the Roman villa at Gerace (EN), Sicily: results of the 2016 season',  Mouseion 14 (2018)

Current field projects

(1) The Gerace projectprovince of Enna, Sicily, is investigating the site of a Roman villa in the heart of Sicily, situated in fertile agricultural land with an extensive panorama. It was discovered by accident 20 years ago when a torrent burst its banks and cut through one corner of an ancient structure, exposing a mosaic. Subsequent limited excavation discovered the ground plan on the surface of a small structure with five rooms and an irregular L-shaped corridor. Trial trenching descending to floor level suggested that there were geometric mosaic pavements in a corridor and in an apsed room. This building was further partially investigated in 2007, but has not been completely excavated.

In May 2012 UBC conducted its own first investigations at Gerace, involving a team from the British School at Rome, which conducted geophysical survey over a wide area of the 3-ha site. This identified a 50-m long building to the east of the structure with mosaics, as well as several outbuildings and the location of five kilns. The aims of the Gerace project, for which funding for five years was obtained from SSHRC in April 2013, are therefore:

(a) to excavate sample areas of the Roman structures more extensively;

(b) to establish the chronology and building phases of the site, to determine the date of both the original construction of the villa and its destruction, and to assess the nature of any post-Roman occupation;

(c) to assess the function of the various buildings at the site (residential or agricultural?), and to monitor any changes over time;

(d) to recover ceramic remains (pottery, lamps, amphorae, tile) with a view to understanding both local ceramic circulation in the Roman period, and to evaluate the extent of imported ceramics, so as to understand better Gerace’s trading links with other parts of Sicily and of the Mediterranean;

(e) to recover faunal and carbonized seed remains in order to establish the range of plants grown and animals raised (or at any rate consumed) by the inhabitants of Gerace.

From mid-May to mid-June 2013 the first of four planned seasons of excavation was conducted at Gerace with the help of 13 students from UBC. Two rooms in the ‘villa-like building’ were excavated, and proved to be service rooms, one with a bench and a stone ‘workstation’ (to waist height) as well as an earth floor (perhaps a kitchen), and the other with white plaster on the walls and a white mortar floor. The building, for which a late second century date had been proposed by one previous excavator, and an early fourth century date by another, was dated to not earlier than AD 360 on the basis of African red slip pottery which formed part of the white mortar floor in the latter. Part of the mosaic-paved corridor outside these rooms was also investigated, and the edge of what was clearly the hot pool of a small bath-suite, with white mortar floor still in situ and its hypocaust stoke-hole preserved, was also discovered. The building was destroyed by fire: pottery and two intact African red slip lamps of the second half of the fifth century show that this occurred not earlier than c. AD 450.

Adjacent to this structure, the 50m-building first identified by geophysics proved to have an intact stone paved floor but very few finds; there is evidence to think that it might not have quite been completed when it suddenly collapsed, probably in an earthquake. It clearly predates the bath-suite and its stoke hole which demolished part of the long building’s west wall in order to provide room to fire the hypocaust. Pottery in the make-up for the long building’s floor suggest that it is not earlier than the second quarter of the fourth century (and part of an earlier building was identified beneath); it may have been under construction in AD 361/3 when it was flattened by an earthquake which Libanius reports as having destroyed most of the cities of Sicily at that time. The building’s function is enigmatic; although it might just possibly have been used as stables, it is more likely to have been a large estate granary.

The finds included 99 tile stamps using 10 different dies, with some tiles receiving as many as three stamps. All seem to have been part of a single production, by a landowner called Philippianus whose name recurs on many of them, and were made for the roof of the villa built after c. AD 370. That he might have raised prize racehorses at Gerace is suggested by some of the stamps which feature horses with head plumes, associated also with victory crowns and palm branches. Vegetius and others report that Sicilian circus ponies were highly rated in the Roman world, and Philippianus might have been raising them in this well-watered central area of Sicily in late Roman times. Indeed horses are still kept on the Gerace estate to this day. An interim report on the first excavation season has been published in Mouseion 12 in 2015 and (in Italian) in Sicilia Antiqua 12, also in 2015; a report on the 2015 excavations has been accepted for publication in Mouseion and will appear in 2017; another submitted to Sicilia Antiqua is also due out in 2017; and an additional paper, on the tile-stamps alone, was published in Journal of Roman Archaeology 27 (2014). No excavation was able to take place in 2014 but a second season of excavation was conducted in 2015. To read a summary of the results of that season, click here. A third season of excavation was conducted in 2016, and a summary of the results is available hereA fourth season of excavation was conducted in 2017, and a summary of results in available here. It is hoped, funding permitting, that the excavation will continue until 2020.

(2) The Kaukana project, province of Ragusa, Sicily, also funded by SSHRC, was designed to investigate the chronology, character, development and commercial contacts of a late Roman and Byzantine coastal village, and to place it in its wider socio-economic context within late Roman and early Byzantine Sicily and the wider Mediterranean world. This project, in close collaboration with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Culturali Ambientali di Ragusa, was set up in 2008. Three seasons of excavation took place between 2008 and 2010. Reports have been issued in Journal of Roman Archaeology in 2009, in Minerva and Current World Archaeology in 2010, in American Journal of Archaeology in 2011, in International Journal of Osteoarchaeology [with C. Sulosky Weaver] in 2012, in Mouseion (volume 10.2 dated 2010) and in Phoenix in 2013, and in Sicilia Antiqua and in Mediterranean Archaeology (volume 25, dated 2012) [the latter with J. Ramsay] in 2014. Also published in 2014 was a contribution on Kaukana to a conference proceedings (P. Pensabene and C. Sfameni (eds.), La Villa restaurata e i nuovi studi sull'edilizia residenziale tardoantica, Bari). A paper on an unusual object from the excavations, a thimble, was published in Oxford Journal of Archaeology in November 2016. Translations into Italian of the last paper and of that in Phoenix will be published in Sicily in 2017. The excavation is to be the subject of the XIth Byvanck Lecture, to be delivered in Leiden at the National Museum of Antiquities on 28th November 2017. The text of that, with illustrations, will be available on line immediately after the lecture; a printed version of it will also be published. A post-excavation season was conducted in 2012, and the final volume, with reports from a dozen specialist contributors, is in the final stages of preparation. It is hoped that this volume will be published by Peeters in Leuven as a BABesch Supplement.

Books

A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, London: Constable, 1st edition 1974, pp. xii + 365; 2nd ed. 1980, pp. xvi + 416; 3rd ed. 1988, pp. xvi + 453; 4th ed. 2002, pp. xx + 732

Roman Forts: an illustrated introduction to the garrison posts of Roman Britain, London: Bergstom and Boyle 1980, pp. 96

Piazza Armerina [Archaeological Sites series] London and Austin, TX: Granada Publications and University of Texas Press 1983, pp. 124

Sicily under the Roman Empire: the archaeology of a Roman province, 36 B.C. - A.D. 535, Warminster: Aris and Phillips 1990, pp. x + 452

Caddeddi on the Tellaro. A late Roman villa in Sicily and its mosaics [Bulletin Antieke Beschaving Supplement 28], Leuven, Paris and Bristol, CT: Peeters 2016, pp. viii + 200

Editor, From River Trent to Raqqa: Nottingham University archaeological fieldwork in Britain, Europe and the Middle East 1991-1995, Nottingham: Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham 1996, pp. 104

Editor, Roman Maryport and its setting: essays in memory of Michael G. Jarrett, Maryport: Trustees of the Senhouse Museum 1997, pp. 168

Editor (with J. D. Creighton), Roman Germany: studies in cultural interaction (JRA supplementary series 32), Portsmouth R. I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology 1999, pp. 248

Editor (with I. D. Caruana), Romans on the Solway: essays in honour of Richard Bellhouse, Kendal: Trustees of the Senhouse Museum 2004, pp. 232

Editor, Romanitas. Essays on Roman archaeology in honour of Sheppard Frere on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2006, pp. xxx + 232

Complete List of Published Work

1975

1. A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, London: Constable 1975, pp. xii + 365 (with a foreword by Professor J. M. C. Toynbee)

1976

2. Review of M. I. Finley and H. W. Pleket, The Olympic Games: the first thousand years (1976), in Hermathena 120 (1976), 78–80

3. Review of M. Grant, The Fall of the Roman Empire – a reappraisal (1976), in Hermathena 120 (1976), 86–88

1977

4. ‘Interventi’ at the Fourth Congresso Internazionale di Studi sulla Sicilia Antica, in Kokalos 22–23 (1976–77), 585–86 and 694–96

5. Review of J. Liversidge, Everyday Life in the Roman Empire (1976), in Antiquity 51 (1977), 247–48

1979

6. ‘Brick and tile in Roman Sicily’, in A. McWhirr, ed., Roman Brick and Tile, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 1979, 11–43

7. Contributions on Roman Britain to The Past all around us, London: Reader’s Digest 1979, 12–13, 42–43, 76, 94–95, 100, 152–53, 234, 250–51 and 404–05, and entries in the gazeteer on all Romano–British sites

1980

8. A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, 2nd. edition, London: Constable 1980, pp. xvi + 416

9. Roman Forts: an illustrated introduction to the garrison posts of Roman Britain,  London: Bergstom and Boyle 1980, pp. 96

10. ‘On the date of the Roman amphitheatre at Syracuse’, in Miscellanea di studi classici in onore di Eugenio Manni, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider 1980, 2217–30

11. ‘Field Survey at Heraclea Minoa (Agrigento), Sicily’, Journal of Field Archaeology 7 (1980), 219–39 (with A. Leonard Jr.)

12. Review article on Roman Spain, of J. M. Blazquez, Ciclos y temas de la Historia de Espana: la Romanizacion (1974); id., Historia Social y Economica de la Espana Romana. Siglos III–V (1975); id., 'Ciudedas Hispanas de la epoca de Augusto' (1976); id., Economia de la Hispania Romana (1978); id., Diccionario de las Religiones Preromanas de Hispania (1975); id., Imagen y Mito (1977), in Hermathena 128 (1980), 57–63

1981

13. ‘Heraclea Minoa and its hinterland in classical antiquity’, in G. Barker and R. Hodges, eds, Archaeology and Italian Society: Papers in Italian Archaeology II, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 1981, 249–60

14. ‘Mosaics, mosaicists and patrons’, Journal of Roman Studies 71 (1981), 173–77

15. ‘Sardinia and Sicily during the Roman Empire: aspects of the archaeological evidence’, Kokalos 26–27 (1980–81), 219–42

16. ‘Eraclea Minoa. Ricerche nel territorio’, ibid. 656–67

1982

17. ‘Roman mosaics in Sicily: the African connection’, American Journal of Archaeology 86 (1982), 413–28

18. ‘Una villa romana a Montallegro (Agrigento)’, Sicilia Archeologica xv, 48 (1982), 7–20

19. ‘Archaeology in Sicily, 1977–81’, Archaeological Reports 28 (1981–82), 84–105

20. ‘Mosaic conservation: Piazza Armerina’, Mosaic 6 (1982), 18–19

1983

21. Piazza Armerina (Archaeological Sites series), London and Austin, TX: Granada Publications and University of Texas Press 1983, pp. 124

22. ‘Luxury retreat, fourth-century style: a millionaire aristocrat in late Roman Sicily’, Opus 2 (1983), 537–52

23. Review of G. Rickman, The Corn Supply of Ancient Rome (1980), in Hermathena 134 (1983), 85–9

1984

24. Review of A. Griffin, Sikyon (1982), in Hermathena 137 (1984), 53–6

1985

25. ‘Changes in the pattern of urban settlement in Roman, Byzantine and Arab Sicily’, in C. Malone and S. Stoddart, eds, Papers in Italian Archaeology IV.i, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 1985, 313–44

26. ‘Un insediamento agricolo romano a Castagna (comune di Cattolica Eraclea, AG)’, Sicilia Archeologica xviii, 57–8 (1985), 11–35

27. ‘Roman Britain’, ‘Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall’, ‘Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum)’, ‘Corsica and Sardinia’ and ‘Roman Sicily’, in R. J. A. Talbert, ed., Atlas of Classical History, London: Croom Helm 1985, 130–5 and 146–9

28. Review of E. Manni, Geografia fisica e politica della Sicilia antica (1981), in Journal of Roman Studies 75 (1985), 296–9

29. Review of D. von Boeselager, Antike Mosaiken in Sizilien (1983), in Journal of Roman Studies 75 (1985), 299–301

1986

30. ‘Roman art and architecture’, in J. Boardman, J. Griffin and O. Murray, eds, The Oxford History of the Classical World, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1986, 771–806

31. Review of R. Meiggs, Trees and Timber in the ancient Mediterranean world (1982), in Hermathena 140 (1986), 74–8

1987

32. ‘Reading history: Britain as a province of Rome’, History Today 38 (August 1987), 47–51

33. Review of J. Humphrey, Roman Circuses (1986), in Journal of Roman Studies 77 (1987), 206–10

34. Review of J. M. Blazquez and M. A. Mezquiriz, Mosaicos Romanos de Navara (1985), in Gnomon 59 (1987), 433–7

35. Review of K. T. Erim, Aphrodisias (1986), in New York Times Review of Books, 1st. March 1987

1988

36. A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, 3rd. edition, London: Constable 1988, pp. xvi + 453

37. ‘The Western Greeks’, in J. Boardman, ed., Cambridge Ancient History, new edition: plates to volume IV – Persia, Greece and the Western Mediterranean c. 525–479 B.C., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1988, 179–201

38. ‘Roman art and architecture’, in J. Boardman, J. Griffin and O. Murray, eds,The Roman World, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1988, 361–400 (expanded version of 1986 essay)

39. ‘Towns of Sicily under the Roman Empire’, Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter 1988, 90–206

40. ‘Trade and industry in Sicily under the Roman Empire’, Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter 1988, 207–305

41. ‘A wandering inscription from Rome and the so–called Gymnasium at Syracuse’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 71 (1988), 161–66

42. ‘Archaeology in Sicily, 1982–7’, Archaeological Reports 34 (1987–88), 105–50

43. ‘Ancient granite quarries on the Bocche di Bonifacio’, in N. Herz and M. Waelkens, eds., Classical Marble: geochemistry, technology, trade (NATO ASI series E, 153), Dordrecht 1988, 103–12

44. ‘Piazza Armerina and the senatorial aristocracy in late Roman Sicily’, in G. Rizza, ed., La Villa Romana del Casale di Piazza Armerina, Catania 1988, 170–82 (also interventi in the same volume: 136–37 and 192–93)

45. ‘Eraclea Minoa. Gli scavi eseguiti nel territorio negli anni 1980–1983’, Kokalos 30–31 (1984–85) [published 1988], 489–500

46. Review of H. Mielsch, Die römische Villa: Architektur und Lebensform (1987), in Journal of Roman Studies 78 (1988), 244–5

47. Review of J. Wacher, The Roman Empire (1987), in Antiquity 62 (1988), 405–06

1989

48. Review of O. Brogan and D. J. Smith, Ghirza: a Libyan settlement in the Roman period (1988), in Antiquity 63 (1989), 173

49. Review of H. Jouffroy, La construction publique en Italie et dans l'Afrique romaine (1986), in Classical Review 39 (1989), 346–48

1990

50. Sicily under the Roman Empire: the archaeology of a Roman province, 36 B.C. – A.D. 535,  Warminster: Aris and Phillips, pp. x + 452

51. ‘Granite quarrying in the Straits of Bonifacio’, in Akten des XIII Internationalen Kongesses für Klassische Archäologie, Berlin 1988, Mainz 1990, 341–42

52. ‘Roman architecture in a Greek world: the example of Sicily’, in M. Henig, ed., Architecture and architectural sculpture in the Roman Empire, Oxford 1990, 67–90

53. Review of C. Balmelle, Recueil Général des mosaiques de la Gaule IV: Province d'Aquitaine II (1987), in Bonner Jahrbücher 190 (1990), 739–42

1991

54. ‘Roman art and architecture’, in J. Boardman, J. Griffin and O. Murray, eds, The Roman World, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1991, 413–48 (updated version of 1986/1988 essay)

1992

55. ‘Tubi fittili (vaulting tubes): on their origin and distribution’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 5 (1992), 97–129

56. Review of M. Millett, The Romanization of Britain (1990), in Journal of Roman Studies 72 (1992), 290–3

57. Review of N. H. and A. Ramage, The Cambridge Illustrated History ogf Roman Art (1991), Hermathena 152 (Summer 1992), 95–9

1993

58. ‘Les tubes de voûte en terre cuite dans l’Empire romain’, Bulletin de l’Association pour l’Antiquité tardive 2 (1992), 90–104

59. ‘La Sicilia’, in A. Carandini, L. Cracco Ruggini and A. Giardina, eds., Storia di Roma III.2: il tardo impero. I luoghi e le culture, Turin: Einaudi Editori, 279–98

60. Review of A. Peschlow-Bindokat, Die Steinbrüche von Selinunt. Die Cava di Cusa und die Cava di Barone (1990), in Classical Review 43 (1993), 374–6

1994

61. ‘Sikelia’, in L. Kahil, ed., Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, VII.1, Munich and Zürich: Artemis Verlag 1994, 759–61

62. ‘The mosaic’, in T. W. Potter, ed., Excavations at Cherchell (Algeria),1977–81 [6th Supplément to Bulletin d’Archéologie algérienne], Algiers 1994, 125–30

63. Review of A. L. F. Rivet, Gallia Narbonensis (1988) in Bonner Jahrbücher 194 (1994), 687–92

64. Review of R. R. Holloway, The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily (1991), for Journal of Hellenic Studies 114 (1994), 217–18

1995

65. ‘Carthaginian, Numidian and Roman’, in T. Phillips, ed., Africa: the art of a continent, London: Royal Academy of Arts, and Munich and New York: Prestel 1995, 536–8 and 553–8

66. ‘The Castagna and Campanaio Roman agricultural settlements project, central southern Sicily’, Papers of the British School at Rome 63 (1995), 259–60

67. Review of L. Richardson, A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (1993), and M. Steinby, Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae I (1993), in Journal of Roman Studies 85 (1995), 251–3

1996

68. Editor, From River Trent to Raqqa: Nottingham University archaeological fieldwork in Britain, Europe and the Middle East 1991–1995, Nottingham: Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham 1996, pp. 104

69. ‘Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica’, in A. Bowman et al., eds, Cambridge Ancient History, new edition, volume X (31 B.C. – A.D. 70), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1996, 434–48

70. ‘Archaeology in Sicily 1988–95’, Archaeological Reports for 1995–1996, London: Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies 1996, 59–123

71. ‘Tot aquarum tam multis necessariis molibus . . . Recent studies on aqueducts and water supply’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 9 (1996), 5–29

72. ‘Nuovi scavi all’ insediamento agricolo ellenistico–romano di Castagna (AG), 1993’, Quaderni del Istituto di Archeologia della Università di Messina 8 (1993) [publ. 1996], 29–49

73. ‘Rural life in Roman Sicily: excavations at Castagna and Campanaio’, in R. J. A. Wilson (ed.), From River Trent to Raqqa, Nottingham: University of Nottingham 1996, 24–41

74. ‘La topografia della Catania romana. Problemi e prospettive’, in B. Gentili, ed., Catania antica: atti del convegno della Società Italiana per lo studio dell’antichità classica [Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura classica. Atti di Convegno 6], Pisa and Rome 1996, 149–73

75. ‘A portable altar fragment from Dragonby’, in J. May, Excavations at Dragonby, Oxford: Oxbow Books 1996, 377–8

76. ‘Capreae’, ‘Cosa’, ‘Ghirza’, ‘Mahdia shipwreck’, ‘Numidia’, ‘Piazza Armerina’, ‘Puteoli’ and ‘Santa Maria Capua Vetere’, in J. Turner, ed., The Macmillan Dictionary of Art, London: Macmillan 1996, V, 685–6; VII, 917; XII, 557; XX, 105–06; XXIII, 299–300; XXIV, 699–702; XXV, 747–8; and XXVII, 781

77. ‘Carthage’ in B. M. Fagan, ed., The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 1996, 119–20

78. ‘The Roman frontier’ in B. M. Fagan, ed., The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press 1996, 610–12

79. ‘Acrae’, ‘Acragas’, ‘Aetna (1)’, ‘Aetna (2)’, ‘Africa, Roman’, ‘Ammaedara’, ‘Atlas Mountains’, ‘Bulla Regia’, ‘Byzacium’, ‘Camarina’, ‘Capsa’, ‘Carthage’, ‘Catana’, ‘Cirta’, ‘Cuicul’, ‘Eryx’, ‘Gela’, ‘Hadrumetum’, ‘Himera’, ‘Hippo Regius’, ‘Lambaesis’, ‘Leontinoi’, ‘Lepcis Magna’, ‘Lilybaeum’, ‘Madauros’, ‘Mauretania’, ‘Megara Hyblaea’, ‘Morgantina’, ‘Motya’, ‘Naxos (2)’, ‘Numidia’, ‘Oea’, ‘Piazza Armerina’, ‘Sabratha’, ‘Segesta’, ‘Selinus’, ‘Sicca Veneria’, ‘Sicily’, ‘Simitthus’, ‘Sufetula’, ‘Syracuse’, ‘Tauromenium’, ‘Thamugadi’, ‘Theveste’, ‘Thubursicum Numidarum’, ‘Thugga’, ‘Thysdrus’, ‘Tingis’, ‘Tipasa’, ‘Tripolitania’, ‘Utica’ , ‘Uthina’, ‘Volubilis’, ‘Zama’ , in S. Hornblower and A. J. Spawforth, eds, The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1996, pp. 9, 31, 34–5, 72–3, 208, 265, 266, 282, 289, 295–6, 302–03, 333, 412, 557–8, 627, 663–4, 707, 709–10, 812, 844, 844–5, 861–2, 907, 939, 951, 995–6, 998, 1031, 1054, 1061, 1182, 1342, 1379, 1382, 1401, 1401–03, 1408–09, 1453, 1463–4, 1477, 1491–2, 1512–13, 1516, 1521, 1522, 1530, 1533, 1574–5, 1612 and 1633

1997

80. Editor, Roman Maryport and its setting: essays in memory of Michael G. Jarrett, Maryport: Trustees of the Senhouse Museum 1997, pp. 168

81. ‘Maryport from the first to the fourth centuries: some current problems’, in R. J. A. Wilson(ed.), Roman Maryport and its setting, Maryport 1997, 17–39

82. La Sicilia romana: tra arte e storia, Palermo: Edizioni Ariete 1997, pp. 32

83. ‘Vaulting tube’, in T. W. Potter and A. C. King, Excavations at the Mola di Monte Gelato [Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 11], Rome 1997, 234–5

84. ‘Trinakros', in L. Kahil, ed., Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII, Munich and Zürich: Artemis Verlag 1997, 55

1998

85. ‘Africa, Roman’, ‘Carthage’, ‘Sicily’ and ‘Syracuse’, in S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth, eds, The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1998, 12–14, 141–4, 663–5 and 698–9

1999

86. Editor (with J. D. Creighton), Roman Germany: studies in cultural interaction [JRA supplementary series 32], Portsmouth R. I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology 1999, pp. 248

87. ‘Introduction: recent research on Roman Germany,’ in R. J. A. Wilson and J. D.Creighton, eds, Roman Germany: studies in cultural interaction, Portsmouth, R. I. 1999, 9–34 (with J. D. Creighton)

88. ‘Sicilian Naxian wine amphoras: a new look at wine in north Africa’ [paper presented to 100th Annual Meeting of the AIA, 27 December 1998], American Journal of Archaeology 103 (1999), 268 [abstract] (with J. Freed)

89. ‘The circuit walls of Syracuse’, in C. Scarre, ed., The Seventy Wonders of the ancient world: the great monuments and how they were built, London: Thames and Hudson Ltd. 1999, 210–11

90. ‘The Campanaio Roman agricultural project,’ Papers of the British School at Rome 67 (1999), 421–3

2000

91. ‘On the trail of the triskeles: from the Macdonald Institute to archaic Greek Sicily’, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10 (2000), 35–61

92. ‘Campanaio – an agricultural settlement in Roman Sicily’, Antiquity 74 (2000), 289–90

93. ‘Rural settlement in hellenistic and Roman Sicily: excavations at Campanaio (AG), 1994–1998’, Papers of the British School at Rome 68 (2000), 337–69

94. ‘Iscrizioni su manufatti siciliani in età ellenistico-romana’, in G. Nenci, ed., Sicilia epigrafica [Atti del Convegno di Erice 15–18 ottobre 1998] (Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore diPisa4, Quaderni 1999.1–2), Pisa 2000, 531–56

95. ‘Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective’, in C. Smith and J. Serrati, eds., Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus: new approaches in archaeology and history, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2000, 134–60

96. ‘Sicilia’, map and accompanying lists and bibliography in R. J. A. Talbert, ed., The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, Princeton: Princeton University Press 2000, Map 47 of Map Volume, and Map-by-Map Directory, Volume 1, 709–35

2001

97. ‘Aqueducts and water supply in Greek and Roman Sicily: the present status quaestionis’, in G. C. M. Jansen (ed.), Cura Aquarum in Sicilia. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on the History of Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering in the Mediterranean Region, Syracuse, May 16–22, 1998 [Bulletin Antieke Beschaving Supplement 5], Leiden: Stichtung BABesch 2000 [publ. 2001], 5–36

98. ‘Why did the Carthaginians sacrifice children?’, ‘The mysteries of Mithraism’, and ‘The lost tomb of Alexander the Great’, in B. Fagan, ed., The seventy great mysteries of the ancient world, London: Thames and Hudson 2001, 173–6, 193–6 and 223–6

99. Review of J. T. Peña et al, Carthage Papers [JRA Suppementary volume 28] and H. Hurst, The Sanctuary of Tanit at Carthage [JRA Suppementary volume 30], for JRS x91 (2001), 198–200

2002

100. A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, 4th. edition, London: Constable 2002, pp. xx + 732

101. ‘Vita rurale nella Sicilia ellenistico-romana: l’insediamento di Campanaio’, Kalos xiii.4 (October/December 2001) [publ. 2002], 24–31

102. ‘Roman vaulting tubes (tubi fittili) from Chesters’, Archaeologia Aeliana30 (2002), 180–5

103. ‘Presentazione’ in F. S. Brancato & R. Mingoia, Piazza Armerina: apud thermas apud Hennam. La cosidetta villa romana del Casale, Comiso: Documenta 2002, 11–13

104. Review of A. Oxé, H. Comfort and P. Kenrick, eds, Corpus Vasorum Arretinorum, 2nd. ed. 2001, for Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002), 212–14

2003

105. ‘From Palma di Montechiaro to the Isle Of Man: the use of the triskeles in antiquity and after’, in G. Fiorentini, M. Caltabiano and A. Calderone, eds, Archeologia nel Mediterraneo: studi in onore di Ernesto De Miro, Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider 2003, 721–47

106. ‘A group of Roman house-tombs at Tauromenium (Taormina)’, in G. M. Bacci and M. C. Martinelli, eds, Studi classici in onore di Luigi Bernabò Brea [Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano “Luigi Bernabò Brea”, Supplemento 2], Palermo: Regione Siciliana 2003, 247–74

107. ‘Journeymen’s jottings: two Roman inscriptions from Hadrian’s Wall’, Archaeologia Aeliana5 32 (2003), 25–35

108. ‘The Rudston Venus mosaic revisited: a spear-bearing lion?’, Britannia 34 (2003), 288–91

109. ‘Roman vaulting tubes (tubi fittili) from Chesters: an addendum’, Archaeologia Aeliana5 32 (2003), 192–3

110. Review of S. Ellis, Roman houses (2000) for Journal of Roman Archaeology 16 (2003), 582–4

2004

111. Editor (with I. D. Caruana) Romans on the Solway: essays in honour of Richard Bellhouse, Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, Kendal, for the Trustees of the Senhouse Museum, Maryport, pp. 232

112. ‘Introduction: the Roman frontier on the Solway’, in R. J. A. Wilson and I. D. Caruana, eds, Romans on the Solway, Kendal 2004) 19–38

113. ‘The Roman ‘Officer’s Tomb’ at High Rochester revisited’, Archaeologia Aeliana5 33 (2004), 25–33

114. ‘Two Romano-British mosaic inscriptions reconsidered’, Mosaic 31 (2004), 18–22

2005

115. ‘On the identification of the figure in the south apse of the Great Hunt corridor at Piazza Armerina’, Sicilia Antiqua 1 (2004) [publ. 2005], 153–70

116. ‘Jos De Waele: his contribution to classical archaeology’, in S. Mols and E. Moorman (eds), Omni pede stare. Saggi architettonici e circumvesuviani in memoriam Jos de Waele, Naples: Electa 2005, 9–17

117. ‘On the origins of the Roman civic basilica: the Egyptian connection’, in S. Mols and E. Moorman (eds.), Omni pede stare. Saggi architettonici e circumvesuviani in memoriam Jos de Waele, Naples: Electa 2005, 129–39

118. ‘La sopravvivenza di cultura punica nella Sicilia romana’, in A. Spanò Giamellaro, ed., Atti del V Congresso Internazionale di Studi fenici e punici, Marsala–Palermo, 2–8 ottobre 2000, Palermo, 907–17

2006

119. Editor, Romanitas. Essays on Roman archaeology in honour of Sheppard Frere on the occasion of his nintieth birthday, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2006, pp. xxx + 232

120. ‘Sheppard Sunderland Frere: an appreciation’, in R. J. A. Wilson, ed., Romanitas. Essays on Roman archaeology in honour of Sheppard Frere on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2006, vii–viii

121. ‘Early defences and civic status in Roman Britain’ in R. J. A. Wilson, ed., Romanitas. Essays on Roman archaeology in honour of Sheppard Frere on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2006, 1–47

122. ‘Aspects of iconography in Romano-British mosaics: the Rudston ‘aquatic’ scene and the Brading astronomer revisited’, Britannia 37 (2006), 295–336

123. ‘What’s new in Roman Baden-Württemberg?’, Journal of Roman Studies 96 (2006), 198–212

124. ‘Settlement patterns in south-east Sicily in Roman and late Roman times’, in F. P. Rizzo, ed., Da abitato in abitato. In itinere fra le più antiche testimonianze cristiane degli Iblei [Atti del Convegno Internazionel di Studi, Ragusa–Catania, 3–5 April 2003], Pisa and Rome: Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali 2005 [publ. 2006], 223-38

125. ‘Postilla’, in F. P. Rizzo, ed., Da abitato in abitato. In itinere fra le più antiche testimonianze cristiane degli Iblei [Atti del Convegno Internazionel di Studi, Ragusa–Catania, 3–5 April 2003], Pisa and Rome: Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali 2005 [publ. 2006], 163–7

126. ‘The Flawborough lead tank’, in E. Hartley, J. Hawkes, M. Henig and F. Mee, eds, Constantine the Great: York’s Roman Emperor, York: Yorkshire Museums Trust, and Aldershot and Burlington: Lund Humphries 2006, 208–9 (no. 195)

127. ‘A life of luxury in late Roman Sicily: the villa of Piazza Armerina’, Minerva 17.1 (January/February 2006), 40–3

128. ‘Architects’, ‘architecture (Greek and Roman)’, ‘Augst’, ‘basilica’, ‘Capri’, ‘Corsica’, ‘domes’, ‘Motya’, ‘orders, architectural’, ‘palaces’, ‘Pantheon’, ‘Sicily’, ‘Syracuse’, ‘Thugga’, ‘Timgad’, ‘Utica’, in G. Shipley, J. Vanderspoel, D. Mattingly and L. Foxhall, eds, The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2006, 68–9, 69–72, 109–10, 123, 162–3, 238, 280–1, 593, 629–30, 638, 641, 819–21, 853–4, 887, 890–1 and 916

2007

129. ‘Algeria: Numidians and Romano-Africans in a forgotten land’, Minerva 18.6 (2007), 36-40

130. ‘Foreword’, in A. Neville, Mountains of silver and rivers of gold: the Phoenicians in Iberia [UBC Studies in the Ancient World Volume 1], Oxford: Oxbow Books for the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, UBC, 2007, 7–8

131. Review of F. P. Rizzo, Sicilia cristiana dal I al V secolo. Volume Primo. Testimonia Siciliae Antiquae I.14; Supplementi a Kokalos 17 (Rome 2005) and id., Gli albori della Sicilia cristiana. Secoli I-V. Temi e luoghi del mondo antico 17 (Bari 2005), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2008

132. ‘Chiese paleocristiane in Sicilia: problemi e prospettive’, Kokalos 47–48 (2001–2002) [published 2008], 145–68

133. ‘Sublime Silin: a luxury Roman villa on the Libyan coastline’, Minerva 19.4 (July/August 2008), 45–9

134. 'Vivere in villa: rural residences of the Roman rich in Italy', Journal of Roman Archaeology 21 (2008), 477–88

135. 'Roman domestic tomb and feasting room found in Sicily', Minerva 19.5 (September/October 2008), 3–4

2009

136. ‘An early Byzantine ‘élite’ tomb in a domestic context at Kaukana, Sicily’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 22 (2009), 412–15

137. 'Aithiopia', Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae. Supplementum2009, Dusseldorf: Artemis Verlag 2009, vol. 1, 38–9 (with plates in vol. 2, 25)

138. 'Sikelia', Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae. Supplementum2009, Dusseldorf: Artemis Verlag 2009, vol. 1, 450

2010

139. ‘Villa’, in M. Gagarin, ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, volume 7, 179–81

140. ‘Life and death in early Byzantine Sicily’, Minerva 21.6 (November/December 2010), 34–7

141. ‘Banquets for the dead: new discoveries in early Byzantine Sicily’, Current World Archaeology 44 (December 2010), 38–45

2011

142. ‘Funerary feasting in early Byzantine Sicily: new evidence from Kaukana’, American Journal of Archaeology 115 (2011), 263–302 [with appendices by J.W. Hayes and C. L. Sulosky]

143. ‘Il sito bizantino di Kaukana’, Kalos xxiii.1 (January–March 2011), 38–42

144. ‘Leben und Sterben im frühbyzantinischen Sizilien. Neue Erkenntnisse aus Kaukana’, Antike Welt 5.2011, 68–75

145. ‘The fourth-century villa at Piazza Armerina (Sicily) in its wider imperial context: a review of some aspects of recent research’, in G. von Bülow and H. Zabehlicky (eds), Bruckneudorf und Gamzigrad. Spätantike Paläste und Großvillen im Donau-Balkan-Raum. Akten des Internationalen Kolloquiums in Bruckneudorf vom 15. bis 18. Oktober 2008. Kolloquien zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte Band 15 (= Sonderschriften des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts Band 45), Bonn: Habelt 2011, 55–87

146. ‘Neue Forschungen an der Domus Aurea’, Antike Welt 5.2011, 6

147. ‘Foreword’, in J. Freed, Bringing Carthage Home. The excavations of Nathan Davis, 1856–1859, UBC Studies in the Ancient World 2, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2011, 7–8

148. Review of P. Wright, Snakes, Sands and Silphium. Travels in Classical Libya (2011) in Libyan Studies 42 (2011), 154–5

2012

149. Agorai and fora in Hellenistic and Roman Sicily: the present status questionis’, in C. Ampolo, ed., Agora greca e agorai di Sicilia, Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 2012, 245–67 and pls. 269–303

150. ‘Acrae’, ‘Acragas’, ‘Aetna (1)’, ‘Aetna (2)’, ‘Africa, Roman’, ‘Ammaedara’, ‘Atlas Mountains’, ‘Bulla Regia’, ‘Byzacium’, ‘Camarina’, ‘Capsa’, ‘Carthage’, ‘Catana’, ‘Cirta’, ‘Cuicul’, ‘Eryx’, ‘Gela’, ‘Hadrumetum’, ‘Himera’, ‘Hippo Regius’, ‘Lambaesis’, ‘Leontinoi’, ‘Lepcis Magna’, ‘Lilybaeum’, ‘Madauros’, ‘Mauretania’, ‘Megara Hyblaea’, ‘Morgantina’, ‘Motya’, ‘Naxos (2)’, ‘Numidia’, ‘Oea’, ‘Piazza Armerina’, ‘Sabratha’, ‘Segesta’, ‘Selinus’, ‘Sicca Veneria’, ‘Sicily’, ‘Simitthus’, ‘Sufetula’, ‘Syracuse’, ‘Tauromenium’, ‘Thamugadi’, ‘Theveste’, ‘Thubursicum Numidarum’, ‘Thugga’, ‘Thysdrus’, ‘Tingis’, ‘Tipasa’, ‘Tripolitania’, ‘Uthina’, ‘Utica’, ‘Volubilis’, ‘Zama’, in S. Hornblower, A. J. Spawforth and E. Eidinow (eds.), The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012, 9, 30–1, 33–4, 70, 200, 255, 256, 271–2, 278, 283–5, 291, 320, 396–7, 537, 606, 642, 685, 689, 790, 820–1, 837, 881, 913, 925, 968, 971, 1004, 1026, 1033, 1147, 1304, 1340, 1342–3, 1361–3, 1368, 1410, 1420-1, 1434, 1448–9, 1468–9, 1472, 1477–8, 1485, 1508, 1529–30, 1564, 1586

151. ‘Mogontiacum (Mainz)’, ‘Piazza Armerina’, ‘Vetera (Birten, Germany)’, ‘Xanten, Germany’ in R. S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. B. Champion, A. Erskine and S. R. Huebner, eds, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Oxford: Blackwells 2012, 4561–2, 5321–2, 6978–9 and 7142–3

152. ‘Carthage’ and ‘Roman Empire: the Roman frontier’ in N. A. Silberman, ed., The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2012, vol. 1, 260–2 and vol. 3, 44–8

2013

153. ‘Life, death and dining: UBC excavations at Punta Secca (RG), Sicily’, Mouseion 10.2 (2010) [publ. 2013], 119–67

154. ‘Sicily, c. 300 BC–133 BC’, in C. Smith (ed.), The Cambridge Ancient History, new edition: plates to volumes VIII.2 to IX (500–133 BC), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013, 156–96

155. ‘Carthage and her neighbours’, in C. Smith (ed.), The Cambridge Ancient History, new edition: plates to volumes VIII.2 to IX (500–133 BC), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013, 197–241

156.  ‘Hellenistic Sicily, c. 270–100 BC’, in J. Prag and J. Quinn (eds), The Hellenistic West, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013, 79–119

157. ‘An unusual early-Byzantine ‘thrice-holy’ inscription and accompanying design from Punta Secca, Sicily’, Phoenix 67.1–2 (2013), 163–81

158. ‘Becoming Roman overseas? Sicily and Sardinia in the later Roman Republic’, in J. DeRose Evans (ed.), Blackwells Companion to Roman Republican Archaeology, Oxford: Wiley Blackwells 2013, 485–504

159. Review of R. Bonacasa Carra and F. Ardizzone (eds), Agrigento da Tardo Antico al Medioevo (2007), for Mouseion 10.2 (2010) [publ. 2013], 322–6

2014

160. ‘Tile-stamps of Philippianus in late Roman Sicily: a talking signum or evidence for horse-raising?’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 27 (2014), 472–86

161. ‘Il banchetto funerario nella Sicilia della prima età bizantina: nuove attestazioni da Kaukana’, Sicilia Antiqua 11 (2014), 541–91 [with appendices by J. W. Hayes and C. L. Solosky Weaver]

162. ‘La villa tardoromana di Caddeddi sul fiume Tellaro (SR) e i suoi mosaici', in P. Pensabene and C. Sfameni (eds.), La Villa restaurata e i nuovi studi sull'edilizia residenziale tardoantica. Atti del Convegno internazionale del Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Edilizia nel Mediterraneo (CISEM) (Piazza Armerina, 7–10 novembre 2012), Bari: Edipuglia 2014, 37–46

163. ‘Punta Secca ('Kaukana'): gli scavi canadesi 2008–2010', in P. Pensabene and C. Sfameni (eds.), La Villa restaurata e i nuovi studi sull'edilizia residenziale tardoantica. Atti del Convegno internazionale del Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Edilizia nel Mediterraneo (CISEM) (Piazza Armerina, 7–10 novembre 2012), Bari: Edipuglia 2014, 53–9

164. ‘La villa romana di Gerace: primi risultati della ricerca geofisica', in P. Pensabene and C. Sfameni (eds.), La Villa restaurata e i nuovi studi sull'edilizia residenziale tardoantica. Atti del Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Edilizia nel Mediterraneo (CISEM) (Piazza Armerina, 7–10 novembre 2012), Bari: Edipuglia 2014, 95–101

165. ‘Considerazioni conclusive’ in P. Pensabene and C. Sfameni (eds.), La Villa restaurata e i nuovi studi sull'edilizia residenziale tardoantica. Atti del Convegno internazionale del Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Edilizia nel Mediterraneo (CISEM) (Piazza Armerina, 7–10 novembre 2012), Bari: Edipuglia 2014, 691–702

166. ‘Funerary Dining in Early Byzantine Sicily: archaeobotanical evidence from Kaukana’, Mediterranean Archaeology 25 (2012) [publ. 2014], 81–93 [with J. Ramsay]

167. ‘Probable atretic cephalocele in an adult female from Punta Secca, Sicily’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 24.6 (2014), 747–56 [with C. Sulosky Weaver]

2015

168. ‘The western Roman provinces’, in B. E. Borg (ed.), A Companion to Roman Art, Malden, Oxford and Chichester: Wiley Blackwell 2015, 496–530

169. ‘UBC Excavations of the Roman villa at Gerace (EN), Sicily: results of the 2013 season’, Mouseion 12 (2012; publ. 2015), 175–230

170. ‘Scavi alla villa romana di Gerace (EN): risultati della campagna 2013’, Sicilia Antiqua 12 (2015), 129–62

171. ‘On the personification in the Hunt mosaic at the Roman villa of Caddeddi on the Tellaro, Sicily’, Mosaic 42 (2015), 29–41

172. ‘The lady with the hole in her head: a Sicilian mystery, 1400 years ago’, Roman Archaeology Group Magazine (Perth) 10.2 (2015), 6–10

173. ‘Roman Sicily and the sea’, in D. Burgersdijk, R. Calis, J. Kelder, A. Sofroniew, S. Tusa and R. van Beek (eds.), Sicily and the Sea, catalogue for the international exhibition in Amsterdam, Oxford, Palermo, Copenhagen and Bonn, Amsterdam: WBooks and Allard Pearson Museum 2015, 107–11

174. ‘Sheppard Sunderland Frere’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 28 (2015), 968–73

175. Review of S. Frey-Kupper, Die antiken Fundmünzen vom Monte Iato 1971–1990: Ein Beitrag zur Geldgeschichte Westsiziliens, 2 vols., Éditions du Zèbre: Prahins, 2013, in Journal of Roman Archaeology 28 (2015), 554–8

2016

176. Caddeddi on the Tellaro. A late Roman villa in Sicily and its mosaics [Bulletin Antieke Beschaving Supplement 28], Leuven, Paris and Bristol, CT 2016, pp. viii + 200

177. On early thimbles: a seventh-century-AD example from Punta Secca, Sicily, in contextOxford Journal of Archaeology 35 (2016), 413–32

178. Sheppard Sunderland Frere, 1916–2015, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy 15 (2016), 247–76

179. 'La Sicilia romana e il mare,' in S. Tusa (ed.), Mirabilia maris: tesori dei mari di Sicilia. Catalogo della mostra, Palermo: Regione Siciliana 2016, 77–83

2017

180. Dining with the dead in early Byzantine Sicily. Excavations at Punta Secca near Ragusa (Eleventh BABESCH Byvanck Lecture), Leiden: BABESCH Foundation 2017, pp. 38

181. 'UBC Excavations of the Roman villa at Gerace (EN), Sicily: results of the 2015 season', Mouseion 14 (2017), 253–316

182. 'Sui primi ditali: un esempio del VII sec. d.C. da Punta Secca (RG) e il suo contesto', in G. G. Mellusi and R. Moscheo (eds.), Ktema eis aei. Studi in memoria di Giacomo Scibona, Messina: Società Messinese di Storia Patria, Messina 2017, 489–514

183. Review of E. Fentress, C. Goodson and M. Maiuro (eds.), Villa Magna: a imperial estate and its legacies. Excavations 2006–2010 (Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 23), London: British School at Rome 2016, in Antiquity 91 (2017), 1676–1677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

BA in Literae Humaniores (Oxford) 1971
MA (Oxford) 1974
MA (Dublin) 1974
DPhil. (Oxford) 1977

Career

1974–94 Trinity College Dublin (Junior Lecturer in Classics; Louis Claude Purser Lecturer in Classical Archaeology; Louis Claude Purser Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology)
1994–2005 Professor of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
2006–2014 Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of British Columbia

2008–   Director, Centre for the Study of Ancient Sicily

 

 

Grants, Honours, Prizes

1971 Charles Oldham Scholar, University of Oxford

1971–73 Thomas Witcombe Greene Scholar in Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford

1983–94 Fellow of Trinity College Dublin

1984– Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

1987–89 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Research Fellow, Archäologisches Institut, University of Bonn

1998 Togo Salmon Visiting Professor of Classics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

2001–02 Balsdon Senior Research Fellow, British School at Rome

2002 Ian Sanders Memorial Lecturer, University of Sheffield

2007 Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer, Archaeological Institute of America

2012 Getty Research Institute Guest Fellow in Residence, Los Angeles

2013 UBC Killam Prize for Research 2012

2017 Dalrymple Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow/Glasgow Archaeological Society, Scotland

2017 Byvanck Lecturer in Archaeology, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands

CNRS 335a Practicum in Classical or Near Eastern Archaeology

Training in excavation techniques and interpretation through participation in the excavation of a Greek, Roman, or Near Eastern site in Europe or the Middle East. The minimum length of the course is three weeks.

Students will participate in The Gerace project, which in 2018 is due to take place between Monday 7th May and Saturday 2nd June 2018 (for more information on this project, see my ‘Work in progress’). Acceptance on this course is not automatic but will be by competitive interview.

[NB confirmation that it will go ahead is awaited: please contact roger.wilson@ubc.ca]

Three credits will be awarded for this four-week course.

Requirements: a 5,000-word essay to be submitted not later than 4pm on July 31st 2018. The first part, of approximately 2,500 words, will consist of a shortened diary of the main events of the excavation (students should keep a daily log as the excavation proceeds, not for submission). The second part will summarize both (a) in what way the student personally feels that s/he had learned from the dig; and (b) what the student understands as the significance of the site is and in what way the excavation enhanced understanding of it. The essay should be heavily illustrated throughout with photographs and any other appropriate illustrative material. The essay will comprise 85% of the marks; the remaining 15% will be assigned on the basis of commitment to and engagement with the project in the field.

Your coursework should be submitted in hard copy. If you are out of town, make sure the postmark reads no later than that date; it should be mailed to me at CNERS, BUCH C227, UBC, 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver V6T 1Z1.

 

[For graduates]

CNRS 535 941 Practicum in Classical or Near Eastern Archaeology

Training in excavation techniques and interpretation through participation in the excavation of a Greek, Roman, or Near Eastern site in Europe or the Middle East. The minimum length of the course is four weeks.

For those who volunteer to come on the Gerace project (see above)

Requirements:

Please write an essay of up to 5000 words on:

What aspects of your archaeological fieldwork did you find the most interesting and why? Assess the impact of the discoveries of your team when considered against what was known previously about the Roman site at Gerace, and also the potential contribution of the site to knowledge in the wider context of rural Sicily in late Roman times.

Date for submission: July 31st 2018

 

 

 

 

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