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Mr Jonathan Clark 

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Position:MPhil / PhD Archaeology

Academic History

BA (Hons) History (St David’s University College, Lampeter (1988)

MA Celto-Roman Studies, University of Wales, Newport (2004)

MA Dissertation title: A Tedious Business: Dealing with Civilians in the Military Zone.

MPhil Research

Working Title: Strategies for Province-Building during the Roman Empire: evidence for the consolidation and acculturation of newly conquered territories from the first century BC to the second century AD.

My research aims will investigate the continuity of indigenous cultures and the creation of new ‘Romanized’ identities within three provincial societies in the early Roman period. An examination of the military in the processes that accompanied the transition from these newly-conquered territories into developed Roman provinces.

This will require an understanding of the extent of elite participation in provincial societies, and the development of semi-autonomous civitas government. The regions chosen are Galicia and Austurias (North West Hispania Tarraconensis between 39BC and AD68); South Wales and the Marches between AD47 and AD138; and Highland Romania (central Dacia) between AD80 and AD161.

Research Themes and Questions

This research project is concerned with understanding conquest, consolidation and colonisation of the three areas in the early Roman period. Key research themes which include:

• Province-building in the Roman Empire
• Military involvement in provincial development
• Landscape and Economic Integration
• Acculturation and Romanisation

Start Date: January 2006

First Supervisor: Dr Peter Guest

Second Supervisor: Dr Alan Lane

Additional information


• HS2102 Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World (2009/10) Seminars:
o Greek Sanctuaries
o Roman identities
• HS2362: Roman Britain (2008/9) Seminars:
o In what senses did Roman Britain ‘end’ in the early 5th century AD? Does the evidence support a sudden collapse or a gradual decline?
o Roman identities
• (HS2102) Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World (2007/8) Seminars:
o What can archaeology tell us about the Roman army?
o Greek ‘Houses’: Problems of Interpretation Perception, Assumption and / or Projection?
• HS4308: Beyond the grave: Death and burial in the Roman World (2006/7) Seminars:
o What are the pros and cons of using archaeological and historical sources to discuss death and burial in the Roman world?
o To what extent did the Roman conquest affect burial practice in Britain?
o What were the main functions of a Roman funeral?
o Look at a report of a cemetery excavation from Roman Britain. Consider whether the evidence is used to explore mortuary practices or other aspects of the dead population.

As a delegate attended the Theoretical Roman Archaeological Conference (TRAC) 2008 Amsterdam Archaeological Centre (AAC) University of Amsterdam (4th – 6th April 2008)

Participated in the Priory Field (Caerleon) Excavations (August and September) 2010 organised by Cardiff University.