I am a late antique archaeologist researching the development of the Mediterranean between the fourth and the seventh centuries. I am particularly interested in Late Roman and Byzantine architecture and settlements, the reception of classical antiquity in later centuries, the archaeology of Christianity, and Dark Age Asia Minor.
My research focusses on the development of the Eastern Mediterranean in late antique and Byzantine times. Because I am an archaeologist, I mainly deal with material evidence, but I am particularly interested in how this relates to and can (not) be combined with contemporary literary sources. My DPhil looked into the how and why of late antique and Early Byzantine urban development and representation. In a first postdoctoral fellowship I investigated the reciprocal relations between the drastic political and religious changes taking place in the Theodosian period on the one hand and the economic developments and general prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean on the other. Since then I have been focussing ever more on the influence of Christianity on contemporary society. I am examining how the augmenting power of bishops over their congregations is expressed in the urban fabric as well as how ordinary people experienced their Christianity.
I was a member of the Sagalassos team (Turkey) between 2003 and 2014 and director of the British Archaeological Project at Grumentum (Italy) between 2012 and 2015. Currently, I participate in the excavations at Aphrodisias (Turkey) and co-direct the Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological Project (FYROM).
Archaeology as an alternative source for late antique Christianity. The example of ritual deposits
Cross Graffiti as Physical Means to Christianize the Classical City: An Exploration of Their Function, Meaning, Topographical, and Socio-Historical Contexts
In this volume, twelve specialists examine the role of graphic signs such as cross signs, christograms, and monograms in the late Roman and post-Roman worlds and the contexts that facilitated their dissemination in diverse media.
Re-using the gods: a 6th-c. statuary display at Sagalassos and a re-evaluation of pagan mythological statuary in Early Byzantine civic space
Old Habits Die Hard. A group of mythological statuettes from Sagalassos and the afterlife of sculpture in Asia Minor
Statuary, Late Antiquity, Sagalassos
Ecclesiastical Dominance and Urban Setting. Colonnaded streets as back-drop for Christian display.
Five centuries of glory. The Colonnaded Street of Sagalassos in the first and the sixth century AD
Production and Prosperity in the Theodosian Period
This volume continues the series of five previous Roman Family publications, and puts special focus on social history and living conditions in the familial contexts.
Sagalassos in the Theodosian Period
The creation of the Late Antique city. Constantinople and Asia Minor during the “Theodosian renaissance”
“We Surpass the Beautiful Waters of Other Cities by the Abundance of Ours”: Reconciling Function and Decoration in Late Antique Fountains