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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



2017 Awards

Craig Harvey

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

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.

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.


Robert Philpott - Burscough archaeological investigation

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