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Materiality (conservation, technology and agency)

The study of artefacts is the main research interest of the materials research theme.

  • David Watkinson won an AHRC/ESPRC science and heritage award (£387K) for Evidence-based Condition-Monitoring Strategy for Preservation of Heritage Iron, and has published several papers on the topic since 2007. His Innovative Research in Conservation has been recognised by the award of the Plowden Medal.
  • Panagiota Manti's research in heritage science focuses on the technology and deterioration of inorganic materials and metals. Her work includes research in the technological evolution and production of faience and copper alloy objects in antiquity, with a special interest on corrosion phenomena linked to technology; identification of tinning and corrosion of bronzes using non destructive analyses including pXRF and Neutron Diffraction; scientific methodology in conservation.
  • Paul Nicholson has undertaken British Academy funded research (£9K) into glass and faience production in Egypt, and has explored the significance of these materials in several papers.
  • Dusan Boric is undertaking provenance studies on flint from early prehistoric contexts in the Balkans using LA-ICP-MS and petrographic thin sections.
  • Peter Guest continues to research the role of coinage and money, and his publications The Early Monetary History of Roman Wales and Roman Gold and Hun Kings explore the social nature of currency and Roman/Other exchange networks.
  • James Whitley is working on understanding the agency of objects within the Homeric poems and the entanglement of objects within the Iron Age Mediterranean. He is also discussing the 'Orientalising' phenomenon on Crete and elsewhere and is working on Mediterranean connections of Early Iron Age coarsewares.