College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Classics & Ancient History
My chief interest is in Visualization in Archaeology and Ancient History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am interested in the ways in which visual media interpret the classical world, and how this affects our perception of ancient history and the sources. My PhD research is an examination of archaeological site photographs published in academic journals, publications, archives and popular press in the mid-twentieth century. My aim is to investigate what makes a photograph archaeological, what aspects of the photograph contribute to its artistic, scientific or aesthetic value, and to what extent do archaeological site photographs mirror the developments in processual and postprocessual archaeology in the 1960s and 1970s?
At Exeter University I completed my BA CH in Ancient History and Archaeology. I participated in a month's dig at the prehistoric indian village at Mitchell in South Dakota. My undergraduate dissertation specialised in Victorian paintings of ancient Egypt. At Masters level, I took the Alternative Histories Through Art and Archaeology pathway in which I studied extensively the topography of ancient Rome, especially under Augustus, in preparation for a two month course at the British School at Rome. My Masters dissertation examined Victorian paintings of female representations from the classical world as an extension of my undergraduate dissertation.
My other interests include reception studies of classics and ancient history from fifteenth-century Europe to Victorian England using artworks and literary accounts. I am also looking at theories of viewing in order to examine the complexities of images and their subsequent meaning. I have a passion for all things related to classics and ancient history, archaeology and egyptology.
Outside academia I am a keen sportswoman. I enjoy running, swimming and playing tennis, and I regularly watch Rugby league and union matches. I enjoy travelling across Europe, USA and Asia, meeting new people and wandering around art galleries and museums.