Professor Penelope Allison

Penelope AllisonProfessor of Archaeology

Subject: Roman and Historical Archaeology

BA (Canterbury, NZ), MA Hons, PhD (Sydney), FSA, FAHA, SFHEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2735

Email: pma9@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I grew up on a sheep farm in North Canterbury, New Zealand. My undergraduate degree was in Pure Mathematics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and my MA Prelim, MA Honours, and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Sydney. I was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome.

I have previously taught archaeology and ancient history at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, and the University of Sheffield. I have held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and a U2000 Research Fellow at  Sydney University, and an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Australian National University. I have also held an Australian Bicentennial fellowship in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge; a visiting fellowship at St John's College, University of Durham; and a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia. I joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester in 2006 as a 'New Blood Lecturer', became a Reader in Archaeology and Ancient History in 2007, and Professor of Archaeology in 2015. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Publications

Books

Journal articles

  • Characterising Roman artefacts for investigating gendered practices in contexts without sexed bodies, American Journal of Archaeology 119.1 (2015 - open-access 'Forum' article www.ajaonline.org/forum/1944 ) (DOI: 10.3764/aja.119.1.0103)
  • Conversations and material memories: insights into outback domestic life at the Old Kinchega Homestead, Historical Archaeology 48.1 (2014): 87-104.
  • Understanding Pompeian household practices through their material culture, FACTA: A Journal of Roman material culture studies 3 (2009): 11-32
  • Mapping for gender: interpreting artefact distribution in Roman military forts in Germany, Archaeological Dialogues 13.1 (2006): 1-48

Book chapters

  • Naming tablewares: using the artefactual evidence to investigate eating and drinking practices across the Roman world, E. Minchin and H. Jackson  (eds) Festschrift for Graeme Clarke, SIMA - Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, 186-198. Uppsala: Astrom editions (2017). ISBN 978-91-7081-219-4.
  • Everyday foodways and social connections in Pompeian houses, in L. Steel and K. Zinn, eds, Exploring the materiality of food “stuffs”: Transformations, symbolic consumption and embodiments, 152-186. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis, 2016). ISBN 978-1-138-94119-9
  • Artefacts and people on the Roman frontier, in D. J. Breeze, R.H. Jones, and I. A. Oltean, eds, Understanding Roman frontiers: A celebration for Professor Bill Hanson, 121-134. Edinburgh: John MacDonald (2015). ISBN: 978-1906566852.
  • Soldiers' families in the early Roman Empire, in B. Rawson, ed., Families in the Greek and Roman worlds: a companion, 161-182. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2011). ISBN 978-1-4051-8767-1.

Conference proceedings

  • Beyond von Petrikovits – artefact distribution and socio-spatial practices in the Roman military, in N. Hodgson, P. Bidwell and J. Schachtmann (eds) Limes XXI: Proceedins of the XXI International Congress of Roman Frontiers Sudies (Limes Congress), held at Newcastle Upon Tyne, in August, 2009, 9-15. Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 25. Oxford: Archaeopress (2017).
  • (co-author Martin Sterry) "Family" meals? Who ate with whom and where in Roman military bases?, in Proceedings of the XXII Limes Congress, Ruse, Bulgaria Sept. 2012, (2015) 487-494.

(Fuller list of publications on academia.edu)

Research

My research interests focus on household archaeology and gender and space.  I have published extensively on houses and household in Pompeii and also on gender and space in Roman military forts in Germany. My current research has also involves households and household activities in colonial outback Australia and foodways material culture in the Roman and colonial worlds. I am also concerned with digital archaeology and the digital dissemination of archaeological data.

Current and recent projects

Topics for research student supervision

  • Household archaeology
  • Pompeian topics
  • Consumption approaches to Roman artefacts
  • Space and gender in archaeology
  • Roman art and archaeology

Learn more about studying for a PhD with us

Current research students

  • Carla Brain, thesis topic: 'The place and role of deities in Pompeian households: A case study of Venus'
  • Daan van Helden, thesis topic: 'Exploring the limits of the archaeological study of identity'
  • Tom Derrick, thesis topic: 'The Consumption and Dissemination of Perfumed Products in Roman Britain'
  • Ruben Montoya, thesis topic: Villa décor, identity and self-representation in the 4th century Guadalquivir Valley (Hispania Ulterior Baetica)
  • Matthew Selheimer, thesis topic: Life at the Crossroads: How street intersections shaped Roman socio-spatial experience
  • Christina Hernandez,  thesis topic : Phenomenology of domestic space-vision, visibility, movement, and sensory experience of the home: private baths
  • Annable Lindsey, thesis topic: The Reception and Appropriation of the Pompeian Domestic Space in the Time of the Grand Tour (2nd supervisor, Univ. of Nottingham)
  • Frank Hargrave, thesis topic: 'Late Iron Age shrines and temples in Britain' (co-supervisor)

Past students

Teaching

I teach in areas of Roman and Classical art and archaeology, with a focus on Roman Italy and Pompeii, household archaeology, and approaches to text and material culture. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses to both campus-based students as well as distance-learning students.

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