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2018 Awards

Matthew Cobb - Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World

A generous grant of £1000 from the Donald Atkinson fund has helped support the attendance of four PhD and early careers scholars who delivered papers at the Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World conference – held on Lampeter Campus (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), between the 8th to 10th of May, 2018. The support provided by the Donald Atkinson fund was invaluable in helping to defray the travel and accommodation of scholars coming from institutions based in North America, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. This conference explored methodological issues relating to the theme of ‘globalisation’ and its application to the ancient world. Topics included an exploration of local identities in the ‘global world’ of the Roman Empire, consideration of concepts like ‘Mediterannisation’ and ‘Oikoumenisation’, and an examination of interactions and cultural exchanges between the Roman world, South Asia and China.

2017 Awards

Craig Harvey

Julian Hill - Consuming Roman London: from the invasion to the Hadrianic fire

Recent research by MOLA and the University of Reading, supported by the Roman Research Trust, has been exploring the potential of the Museum of London Archaeological Archive to produce more robust and complex synthetic narratives of Londinum’s character and development. A pilot study of 18 sites indicates the high potential of this resource and has produced strong evidence for variation in consumption across the city and over time through the statistical analysis of evidence for diet and dress. Further work has addressed the state and usability of the archive with the aim of designing a major new research project to explore these issues further.

Andrew Gardner, Tim Young - Metalworking in a Legionary Fortress

Funds were awarded to support archaeometallurgical analysis on the remains of Roman metalworking activities, discovered in the 2007-10 Priory Field excavations in Caerleon (UCL/Cardiff University). These relate to the use of the site before and during the life of the legionary warehouse building occupying this particular part of the legionary fortress of Isca. A range of methods including Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Fluorescence and chemical analyses were used by the archaeometallurgical specialist, Dr Tim Young. Information on production technologies, sourcing of raw materials, and other aspects of the assemblage was recovered, shedding light on the methods of legionary metalworkers, particularly at the time of the construction of the fortress in the late 1st Century AD.

Craig Harvey - Small Finds with Big Potential: Final Preparation for the Publication of the Military Camp Wall Paintings and a Fourth Century Purse Hoard from Humayma, Jordan

Thanks to the generosity of the Roman Society, I was able to complete the necessary research for the publication of two groups of materials: fragmentary wall frescoes from the Roman fort at Humayma in southern Jordan and a small 4th century bronze coin hoard found outside the Humayma fort. This project required the documentation and analysis of these objects, which are stored in Amman. Their publication will provide valuable insight into the occupation of this settlement during the Roman period, and the Roman Society’s support in making their publication possible is greatly appreciated.

Candace Rice - Upper Sabina Tiberina Project: 2017 Season at the Villa Romana di Vacone

The 2017 season of the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project focused on the excavation, conservation and documentation of the Roman villa at Vacone. The villa is a late-Republican to mid-Imperial multi-phase site with an elaborately decorated residential area and an extensive oil and wine production zone. Funding from the Roman Society contributed especially to our team of conservators from the UK, Italy, Canada, and the United States who worked on the conservation and digital reconstruction of the mosaics and frescoes from the villa for both scientific study as well as public outreach.

Margaret Andrews - The Settecamini Archaeological Project

Stephen Rippon - Ipplepen 2017

Paul Roberts, Dominic Rathbone, Stephen Kay, Elena Pomar - Roman villa at Santa Maria della Strada Matrice

Mantha Zarmakoupi - Delos and Rheneia Underwater Survey 2017

Martin Millett - Thwing, Rudston and the Roman-Period Exploitation of the Yorkshire Wolds

Maureen Carroll - Hellenistic villa and Roman vicus at Vagnari

Lacey Wallace - Goodnestone Survey

Steven Willis - Pottery finds from Hatcliffe Top/the Central Wolds Archaeological Research Project

2016 Awards

Culver Archaeological Project - report 

Matthew Cobb - Celtic Classics conference report

A generous grant of £500 from the Donald Atkinson fund has helped support a panel entitled “The Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity”, held at the 9th Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin, June 22–25, 2016. This panel explored the economic and cultural impact of this trade on the Graeco-Roman world, as well as Graeco-Roman impact on eastern lands, most notably India. The grant from the Donald Atkinson fund was used to help defray the cost of those participating in the panel, including a range of PhD, early-career and established academics from institutions across the globe. 

Maureen Carroll - Roman Window Glass from Vagnari Roman Imperial Estate

Niccolo Mugnai - Principles of Romano-African Architecture: Unorthodoxy, Variation, and Reinvention in Mauretania Tingitana (Morocco)

A generous grant of £1,500 was provided by the Roman Society (Donald Atkinson Fund) in support of the project “Principles of Romano-African Architecture: Unorthodoxy, Variation, and Reinvention in Mauretania Tingitana (Morocco)”. The grant was used to carry out two seasons of fieldwork at the site of Volubilis in May and September 2016, which will be followed by another season in May/June 2017. Through recording and analysis of columns from local private and public buildings, the aim of this research was to investigate how canonical design principles were adapted and reinterpreted in this province at the fringes of the Roman world.

Hannah O'Regan - Doghole Cave, Cumbria post exavation analysis

Steve Rippon - Ipplepen excavation report

A programme of survey and excavations at Dainton Elms Cross in Ipplepen, Devon, is exploring a complex Iron Age, Romano-British and early medieval site. The work in 2016, generously supported by the Roman Research Trust, included the excavation of a sequence of Middle to Late Iron Age and Romano-British occupation in the north-western part of the settlement. In addition to University of Exeter students, volunteers contributed 35 week’s work, while the Open Day attracted 1160 visitors, and project blog had 10,056 views.

2015 Awards

Andrew Gardner - Caerleon Legionary Fortress research project report

Victoria Leonard - conference report

Friends of Active Archaeology - Broughton: environmental sample analysis and summary of work.

Stephen Rippon & Danielle Wootton - Ipplepen: survey and excavations

Mantha Zarmakoupi - Delos: fieldwork report