Dr Ine Jacobs

  • Late Antique archaeology and architecture
  • Archaeology of religion​
  • Popular culture​
  • Dark Age Asia Minor


My research focusses on late antique and Byzantine architecture and settlements, the reception of classical antiquity in later centuries and the archaeology of religion. I am particularly interested in how material and visual evidence can or cannot be combined with contemporary literary sources. I wrote my doctoral dissertation (2008) on the aesthetic maintenance of urban sites in the late antique Eastern Mediterranean, using archaeology to nuance and eventually overhaul the idea that they were slowly declining. In a similar vein, I looked into 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. I am currently working on a monograph entitled Christian Leaders, Classical Habits, in which I examine how bishops and the clergy carefully curated the classical city, its institutions and its ornaments. 


I was a member of the Sagalassos team (Turkey) between 2003 and 2014, director of the British Archaeological Project at Grumentum (Italy) between 2012 and 2015 and co-director of the Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological Project (Republic of North Macedonia) between 2013 and 2016. Currently, I am Field Director of the New York University excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey, where I am working on the publication of the excavations in the so-called ‘Tetrapylon Street'. 


  • Old statues, new meanings. Literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for Christian reidentification of statuary

  • Village churches and donors at the end of Antiquity

  • Asia Minor in the Long Sixth Century:

  • Chapter 1. Introduction

  • Chapter 3. Pagan-mythological statuary in sixth-century Asia Minor

  • The sixth-century city in the Roman East: survival or demise of the traditional urban context?

  • 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

  • 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

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Miranda Gronow - Living in the ruins: Geyre and the archaeology of memory  
  • Jelena Jaric - Warfare and Urban Transformation in the Late Antique Central Balkans (late 3rd - early 7th c. AD)
  • Shandra Laumate - The Kelsey Pendant. Amuletic Traditions in Early Byzantium 
  • Lily Liu - Brick Tombs in the Sichuan Basin during the Eastern Han Period (25-220AD): Regional Identity and Cultural Fusion
  • Kelly McClinton - Elite Identity in Domestic Space in Rome. Architectural Change and Redecoration in Late Antique Houses
  • Grace Stafford - Artistic representations of women in late antiquity, 4th - 7th centuries AD
  • Katerina Vavaliou - The network of fortified settlements of eastern Central Greece from the late 6th c to the 13th c AD

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding:

  • Late Antique archaeology and architecture
  • Archaeology of Religion
  • Popular culture
  • Dark Age Asia Minor