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Dominic Perring

Research Interests

  • The origins and nature of urban society
  • Roman town planning and domestic architecture (the social meanings of urban and domestic space)
  • Architecture, art & ideology in late antiquity (including Neo-Platonic and Gnostic dualism, Eucharistic practice)
  • Archaeology of the Roman provinces (especially Britain & Syria)
  • Cultural Resource Management in UK and Middle-East
  • Archaeological method and theory

Professional Skills

  • Archaeological Project-Management
  • Planning consultancy
  • Excavation and analysis of complex archaeological sites

Career Summary

  • 1998-2004 - Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York
  • 1999-2000 - Visiting Professor, American University of Beirut
  • 1995-1998 - Executive Director, AOC Archaeology Ltd.
  • 1990-1995 - Head of Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service, English Heritage
  • 1989-1990 - Archaeological Officer, Worcester City Council
  • 1985-1989 - Research Scholar, University of Leicester
  • 1982-1985 - Director of Excavations, Cooperativa Archeologica Lombarda (Milan)
  • 1978-1982 - Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London
  • 1976-1978 - Site Supervisor, Lincoln Archaeological Trust

Qualifications

  • 1999 – PhD, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.
  • 1976 - BA Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

  • Member, Institute of Field Archaeologists
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Associate Editor, Berytus
  • Member, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Key Projects

  • Beirut, Lebanon: Souks excavations Director of international programme of archaeological salvage attendant on post-war reconstruction.
  • Urban Hinterlands Project Lead consultant in a national strategic survey. Undertaken in partnership with Universities of York, Leicester and London, Essex County Council & others.

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Perring, D, Seeden, H & Williams, T (series editors), The archaeology of the Beirut Souks.

    • Vol. 1 (1993, Berytus 45-46): Small Change in Ancient Beirut: the coin finds from BEY 006 and BEY 045: Iron Age, Hellenistic Roman and Byzantine periods (by K. Butcher)
    • Vol. 2 (in press for 1996, Berytus 49 ) The glass from BEY 006 and BEY 045 (by S. Jennings);
    • Vol. 3 (in preparation, Berytus 51-52): The insula of the House of the Fountains (by R. Thorpe with D. Perring).
  • Perring D, Rowsome, P and Greenwood P 2005, From Ice Age to Essex: A history of the peoples and landscapes of East London, Museum of London.
  • Perring, D and Perring S, 2003, Słynne miejsca wczoraj i dziś, Warsaw: Gruner & Jahr
  • Perring, D 2002, The Roman House in Britain, London: Routledge.
  • Perring D, 2002, Town and Country in England: frameworks for archaeological research, York: Council for British Archaeology (Research Report 134).

Research Papers

  • Perring,D. (2006). Comment on "What is the value of an archaeology degree" Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 17, 16-18. ISSN: 0965-9315
  • Perring,D. (2006). The Tabernae Structures of Roman Britain(A MacMahon) Britannia 37, 511-512. ISSN: 0068-113X
  • Perring,D., Greenwood,P., Rowsome,P. (2006), From Ice Age to Essex: A history of the peoples and landscapes of East London. ISBN: 1901992616.
  • Perring,D., Mikati,R. (2006). From Metropolis to Ribat: Some recent work on Beirut at the end of Antiquity. Archaeology and History in the Lebanon 23, 42-55. ISSN: 1475-5564
  • Perring,D., Pitts,M. (2006). The making of Britain’s first urban landscapes: the case of late Iron Age and Roman Essex. Britannia 37, 189-212. ISSN: 0068-113X
  • Perring,D., Seif,A. (2006). Lebanon. Current World Archaeology 2.7(19), 47-48
  • Perring,D., Thorpe,R., Williams,T.D. (2006). The Beirut Souks excavations. in Jennings,S. (ed.) Vessel glass from Beirut: BEY006, 007 and 045. Archaeology of the Beirut Souks, Berytus series. Series edited by Perring,D., Seeden,H. and Williams,T.D.. Beirut: American University of Beirut, 8-26. ISBN: 0067-6105
  • Perring,D. (2005). A prestigious Roman building complex on the Southwark waterfront(B Yule), Pre-Boudiccan and later activity on the site of the forum (L Dunwoodie). Trans. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 55
  • Perring,D. (2005). Domestic architecture and social discourse in Roman towns. Chapter 2 in MacMahon, A., Price, J. (ed.) Roman working lives and urban living. Oxford: Oxbow, 18-28. ISBN: 1 84217 186 0
  • Perring, D in press (2006) entries on ‘carpentry’, ‘forests and forestry’, ‘Londinium’ Roman houses’, ‘Roman villas’ and ‘timber’ in G Shipley, J Vanderspoel, D Mattingly and L Foxhall (eds) The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization, Cambridge: University Press.
  • Pitts M. and Perring, D in press (2006) ‘The making of Britain’s first urban landscapes: the case of late Iron Age and Roman Essex’, Britannia 37
  • Perring, D in press (2006), ‘Roman and Byzantine houses in Beirut’, in K Galor and T Waliszewski (eds) From Antioch to Alexandria. Studies in Domestic Architecture during the Roman and Byzantine Periods, Providence RI: Archaeologica Transatlantica 24.
  • Perring, D, Thorpe, R and Williams, T D in press (2006), ‘Introduction’, in S. Jennings Archaeology of the Beirut Souks 2, Berytus 48
  • Perring, D (2006) ‘Excavations in the Souks of Beirut’, Current World Archaeology 16, 22-33.
  • Mikati, R and Perring, D 2006 ‘From Metropolis to Ribat: some recent work on Beirut at the end of Antiquity’ Archaeology & History in the Lebanon 23, 42-55.
  • Perring, D (2005) ‘Domestic architecture and social discourse in Roman towns’ in A MacMahon and J Price (eds) Roman working lives and urban living, Oxford: Oxbow, 18-28.
  • Perring, D (2003) ‘Deconstructing the Frampton pavements: gnostic dialectic in Roman Britain?’ in G Carr, E Swift and J Weekes (eds), TRAC 2002: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Archaeology Conference, Canterbury 2002, Oxford: Oxbow, 74-83.
  • Perring, D (2003) ‘‘Gnosticism’ in fourth century Britain: the Frampton mosaics reconsidered’, Britannia 34, 97-127.
  • Perring, D (2003) ‘The archaeology of Beirut: a report on work in the insula of the House of the Fountains’, Antiquaries Journal 83, 195-229.
  • Perring, D (2003) ‘The Beirut excavations background ’ in K Butcher, Small Change in Ancient Beirut: the coin finds from BEY 006 and BEY 045: Iron Age, Hellenistic Roman and Byzantine periods, Archaeology of the Beirut Souks 1, Berytus 45-46 (for 2001-2002), 11-19.
  • Cakirlar C, Perring, D and Rackham, J (2003) ‘Animal bone from excavations in Beirut: a progress report’, Council for British Research in the Levant: Newsletter, 22-3.
  • Perring, D (2002) ‘Beirut in Antiquity: some research directions suggested by recent excavations in the Souks’, ARAM 13-14, 129-40.
  • Perring, D with Brigham T (2000) ‘London and its Hinterland: the Roman Period’, in Museum of London, The Archaeology of Greater London, London: Museum of London, 119-170.

Reviews

  • Perring, D in press (2006) review of A MacMahon, The Tabernae Structures of Roman Britain, Britannia 37.
  • Perring, D (2006) review of B Yule, A prestigious Roman building complex on the Southwark waterfront, and L Dunwoodie, Pre-Boudiccan and later activity on the site of the forum, Trans. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 55.
  • Perring, D (2005) review of Museum of London, A research framework for London Archaeology, Trans. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 54 (for 2003), 129-30.
  • Perring, D (2004) ‘Concept, design and build: Romans beyond Pompeii’, Antiquity 78 (299), 204-9.
  • Perring, D (2004) review of P Wilson (ed), The Archaeology of Roman Towns: Studies in honour of John S Wacher, Archaeological Journal 160.
  • Perring, D (2003) ‘Aristocratic houses of Aquitaine in late antiquity’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 16, 701-4.
  • Perring, D (2001) review of ‘Roman Castleford: excavations 1974-85. Volume 2: The structural and environmental evidence, by Abramson, Berg and Fossick’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 73, 181-2.

Current Students

Second Supervisor

  • Ken Marks Archaeology of Anglo-Jewry 1656-1880 (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Andy Agate Suburban development in Later Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Iain Shearer An investigation of cultural heritage and ethnicity at three Ghurid Central Asian Sites - Jam/Firuzkoh, Nishapur and Merv (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)
  • Peter Coe Has there been a loss of archaeological heritage in Lyme Regis, Howden and Rye, since 1980? If so what might have prevented any loss and / or how might it have been adequately and appropriately recorded? (principal supervisor Joe Flatman)

Tertiary Supervisor

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