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Department of Archaeology



I conduct research on the archaeology of Roman Italy. This research has focussed on urban/rural demography and social-economic change across the Italian peninsula from the 4th c. BC until Late Antiquity. I am currently engaged in an integrated field project focussing on the long term-development of a Roman town and its hinterland (Interamna Lirenas, Central Italy), involving a close integration of geophysical prospection, systematic field-survey and excavation.


The long-term transformations of Roman Italy (political, social, economic and cultural) through the study of a) urban and rural landscapes and b) production, distribution and consumption of specific classes of material culture.

I am presently involved in the following research projects in Roman Archaeology:

2010 – present: Interamna Lirenas: a Roman town and its hinterland

2018 – 2020: Unveiling the invisible - mathematics for conservation in arts and humanities

Teaching and Supervisions


I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

  • Paper A1 World Archaeology
  • Paper D4 Roman cities: Network of Empire
Research supervision: 

I currently supervise students investigating in a range of topics related to the archaeology of the Roman World. I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or a PhD in the following topics:

  • The archaeology of Roman Italy
  • The archaeology of the Roman economy (including demography)
  • The archaeology of Roman landscapes (urban and rural)
  • The archaeology of Roman material culture

Current students

  • Daniel Grünwald

Other Professional Activities

  • Director of Studies in Classics at Gonville and Caius College
  • Editor of the Cambridge Classical Journal

Job Titles

University Senior Lecturer in Classics (Faculty of Classics)
Fellow of Gonville and Caius College

General Info

Takes PhD students
Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Field Methods
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

Contact Details

al506 [at]
01223 (7)61004


Person keywords: 
Roman Archaeology
Roman Italy
Ancient Topography
Landscape Archaeology
Socio-Economic History
Science, Technology and Innovation
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman