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Corinna Riva

Corinna is on sabbatical during Term I, 2013-14

Research Interests

  • Iron Age Italy and the 1st millennium BC in the Central Mediterranean: interaction between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Sea regions.
  • East-west interaction and comparative archaeology of the 1st-millennium BC Mediterranean; colonialism and colonization; social and political identities.
  • Theoretical approaches to cultural contact and material culture; consumption and cultural appropriation.
  • Mediterranean ‘marginal’ landscapes and connectivity.
  • Archaeological survey and landscape: the integration of theory and practice.

Research Directory Records

Current Projects

  • Current fieldwork (co-director): the Upper Esino Valley Survey (Marche, Italy). The main objective of UEVS is the reconstruction of the cultural landscape and interpretation of the development of human settlement in an upper valley of Adriatic Italy, using intensive surface collection and other prospection techniques. The upper Esino valley is a mountainous, highly fragmented landscape, a so-called ‘marginal’ zone of the Mediterranean. Yet, it is characterised by two important and recurring traits: a nodal position on important transappennine communication routes, along which neighbouring cultures and ethnic groups interacted from early prehistory to the medieval period and later, and a location on the cultural and political boundaries of those groups. The project is investigating the historical development of the valley as a case study in the relationship between landscape change, cultural contact and settlement dynamics on the Adriatic side of Central Italy.
  • Research Project: Material Connections: Mobility, Materiality and Mediterranean Identities jointly directed by Peter van Dommelen, Bernard Knapp (Glasgow) and Michael Rowlands (Anthropology, UCL).

Previous Posts and Educational Background

  • 1994 BA Honours in Archaeology, University of Durham
  • 1995 MA in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Bristol
  • 2001 PhD, University of Cambridge
  • 2000-5 Junior Research Fellow, St. John’s College, University of Oxford
  • 2005-6 Temporary lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Glasgow

Books and monographs

  • 2010 The urbanisation of Etruria: funerary practices and social change, 700–600 BC Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

    Spanish translated edition (2010, Edicions Bellaterra): La urbanización de Etruria. Práticas funerarias y cambio social, 700-600 a. C.

  • 2007 (co-edited with G. Bradley & E. Isayev) Ancient Italy. Regions without Boundaries Exeter University Press, Exeter
  • 2006 (co-edited with N. Vella) Debating Orientalization: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Change in the Ancient Mediterranean. Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology 10. Equinox Press, London
    (published in paperback in 2010)

Articles

  • 2012 (in preparation) Connectivity Beyond the Urban Centre in Central Italy. In A.B. Knapp and P. van Dommelen (eds) Cambridge Handbook of the Mediterranean World in the Bronze-Iron Ages, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • 2010 Trading Settlements and the Materiality of Wine Consumption in the North Tyrrhenian Sea Region in B. Knapp, P. van Dommelen (eds.), Material Connections: Mobility, Materiality and Mediterranean Identities, London and New York: Routledge
  • 2010 tecnologie del se': il banchetto rituale collettivo in Etruria in C. Mata, G. Pérez Jorda y Jaime Vives-Ferrándiz (eds) De la cuina a la taula IV reunio d'Economia en el I milleni a.C. (Caudete de las Fuentes, Octubre 2009) Saguntum. Papeles del Laboratorio de Arqueología, extra 9, Valencia, pgs 69-80
  • 2009 Ingenious inventions: welding new ethnicities east and west, in S. Hales & T. Hodos (eds) Local and Global Identities:  Rethinking Identity, Material and Visual Cultures in the Ancient World, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • 2009 (with J. Pearce and M. Pretzler) The upper Esino valley survey, Marche, Italy (2002-2006): a preliminary discussion of aims, methods and results, in Fabriano e l'area appenninica dell'alta valle dell'Esino dall'età del bronzo alla romanizzazione, Atti del Convegno (Fabriano 19-20-21 maggio 2006), Ancona 2009, pgs 81-102
  • 2007 The archaeology of Picenum: the last decade in Bradley,G., Isayev,E., Riva,C. (ed.) Ancient Italy. Regions without Boundaries Exeter University Press, Exeter, 79-113
  • 2006 The Orientalizing period in Etruria: sophisticated communities, in C. Riva & N. Vella (eds) Debating Orientalization: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Change in the Ancient Mediterranean. Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology 10. Equinox Press, London, 110-134
  • 2006 (co-written with J. Pearce J. & M. Pretzler) The Upper Esino Valley survey: methods and interpretation in a transitional landscape, in P. Attema, A. Nijboer and A. Zifferero (eds) Communities and Settlements from the Neolithic to the Early Medieval Period. (Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of Italian Archaeology, University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology, The Netherlands, April 15-17, 2003). British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1452(I). Archeopress, Oxford
  • 2006 Picene communities along trans-Appennine routes, in P. Attema, A. Nijboer and A. Zifferero (eds) Communities and Settlements from the Neolithic to the Early Medieval Period. (Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of Italian Archaeology, University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology, The Netherlands, April 15-17, 2003). British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1452(I). Archeopress, Oxford
  • 2005 The culture of urbanization in the Mediterranean c. 800-600, in B. Cunliffe and R. Osborne (eds), Mediterranean Urbanisation 800–600 BC, Proceedings of the British Academy, London, 203-32
  • 2004 Keeping up with the Etruscans? Picene élites in Central Italy during the Orientalising period, in Accordia Research Papers, Volume 9 2001-2003, Accordia Research Institute, University of London, 69-91
  • 2004 (co-written with J. Pearce & M. Pretzler) La carta archeologica del territorio fabrianese, in R. Orsetti (ed.) Le carta archeologica delle Marche: risultati e metodologie a confronto, Atti del Convegno, Abbazia di Fiastra 2002, Quaderni del catalogo 1/2002, 69-73
  • 2004 Research reports: exploring the Orientalizing period in Picenum, in Papers of the British School at Rome, 364-365
  • 2003 (co-written with J. Pearce & M. Pretzler) Fieldwork reports: Upper Esino Valley Survey August 2002, in Papers of the British School at Rome 2003, 318-320
  • 2003 Il periodo orientalizzante nel Piceno. Progetto di ricognizione nell’alta valle dell’Esino, in AIAC News 35, Marzo 2003
  • 1999 Funerary ritual, cultural identity and memory in Orientalising South Etruria, in R.F. Docter & C.M. Moormann (eds) Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Amsterdam, July 12th-17th, 1998. Classical Archaeology towards the Third Millennium: Reflections and Perspectives Allard Pierson Series Amsterdam, 331-335
  • 1995 (co-written with S.K.F. Stoddart) Ritual Landscape in Archaic Etruria, in J.B. Wilkins (ed.) Approaches to the Study of Ritual. Italy and the Ancient Mediterranean Accordia Specialist Studies in the Mediterranean vol. 2 Accordia Research Centre University of London, 91-109

Book reviews

  • 2007 I Greci delle periferie (L. Braccesi), in Journal of Hellenic Studies
  • 2005 More Regio Vivere: Il banchetto aristocratico e la casa romana di eta’ arcaica (A. Zaccaria Ruggiu), in Journal of Roman Studies 95

I would welcome PhD applications on the following topics:

  • Social and political change in Iron Age and Archaic Italy; urbanism and exchange
  • Funerary archaeology in 1st-millennium BC Central Mediterranean 
  • Cultural interaction in the 1st-millennium BC Central Mediterranean: relationship between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Sea regions and between peninsular Italy and Tyrrhenian islands
  • Colonialism and colonization in 1st-millennium BC Mediterranean
  • East-west cultural interaction and comparative Mediterranean archaeology

Current Students

  • Oliver Lown Colonial art in the Iron Age Mediterranean from a comparative perspective: Greece, Rome and Phoenicia (joint principal supervisor Jeremy Tanner)

Second Supervisor

  • John Johnston Aspects of display and identity in 'Egyptian' burials at Panopolis (Akhmim) during the Ptolemaic period (principal supervisor John Tait)
  • Philip Connolly Compostitional analysis as a means of studying ancient Industry: The glass-making industries of the Iron Age / Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean and Early Islamic Central Asia (principal supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Stavriani Orfanou Bronze offerings from the Temple of Thavlios Zeus, ancient Pherae, Volos (principal supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Francesco Iacono Opening the Sea Gates of Europe: Interaction in the Southern Adriatic Sea during Late Bronze Age (joint principal supervisors Todd Whitelaw and Cyprian Broodbank)

Completed PhD Students

  • La urbanización de Etruria
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