Ruth Fillery Travis

A diachronic analysis of Roman iron production exploring geo-temporal and socio-economic variation and influence on technological processes

My PhD thesis focuses on characterising the iron production processes at sites in England and Austria during the 1st-3rd centuries AD, and situating these within the social and economic world of the Western Roman Empire. In particular I am interested in seeing whether the type of iron produced at these two sites, and the market it was produced for, influenced the types of techniques utilised to produce it. I am also interested in copper alloy and precious metal object use and production in the Roman Empire, and undertake experimental archaeological investigations in both copper alloy and iron object production.

Funding organisation

  • AHRC


 Educational background

  • BA distinction, Classical Archaeology, Kings College London, 2006
  • MSc distinction, Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials, UCL, 2008

Forthcoming. Book Review: The Death of Archaeological Theory? Eds. John Bintliff and Mark Pearce. PIA Vol 21.

2010. Conference Review: 38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, PIA Vol 20. []

2010. Conference Review: Historical Metallurgy Society’s Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy Conference. HMSNews 75.

2010. Meeting Review: ESF funded ‘Iron and change in Europe – the first 2000 years. HMSNews 74.


Nov 2011 Historical Metallurgy Society Research in Progress Meeting. Oral paper: Chemical compositional variance in iron production debris from a single site.

August 2011. UCL Outreach’s Bright Club at the Greenman Festival. Energy.

Nov 2010. Historical Metallurgy Society Research in Progress meeting. Oral paper: The pXRF analysis of a Roman cavalry helmet.

Oct 2010. UCL Outreach’s Bright Club at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Hidden Treasures.

May 2010. International Symposium on Archaeometry, Tampa, Florida. Poster presentation: Experimental archaeology? Exploratory statistical examination of Romano-British copper alloys. Poster presentation: Significant others? Returning meaning to metal detected objects through chemical analysis.

February 2010. UCL Outreach’s Bright Club at the Wilmington Arms. Metals.

  • Tomb of the Kings, Paphos, Cyprus

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