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.
- 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. [http://pia-journal.co.uk/article/view/pia.352/74]
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.