Staff Profile:Professor Hella Eckardt

Professor Hella Eckardt
Job Title:
  • Head of Department for Archaeology
Areas of Interest:
  • Theoretical approaches to material culture
  • Roman objects
  • The Archaeology of the Roman provinces
  • Mobility and migration in the Roman world

Postgraduate Supervision

Hella currently co-supervises five PhD students:

  • Matt Fittock: Pipeclay figurines in Roman Britain.
  • John Ford: Ringing the changes: the social significance of finger-rings in Roman Britain.
  • Owen Humphreys: Tools in Roman London: industry, household practice and ritual deposition across the ancient city.
  • Candace McGovern: Coming of Age as a Woman in Roman Britain: physical development and the life course from puberty through adulthood.
  • Carolina Rangel de Lima: What can the lamps of Lusitania (modern Portugal and western Spain) tell us about the way in which people lived in Roman Iberia?

Previous student topics have included:

  • Romano-British pewter vessels in the British Museum (Smith)
  • the economic implications of Samian ware from Britain and Germany (Weber),
  • villas in Roman Kent (Wilkinson)
  • clay objects in Ostia (Martelli)
  • Romano-British bronze figurines (Durham)
  • mortaria (Cramp)
  • Romano-British pewter vessels (Lee)

Hella would welcome research proposals on the archaeology of Roman Britain and the north-western provinces and on Roman Material Culture. For further information, please contact Dr Eckardt

Research groups / Centres:

Diet, Health and the Life Course Research Cluster 

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Key Facts;

Hella Eckardt teaches provincial Roman archaeology and material culture studies. Her research focuses on theoretical approaches to the material culture of the north-western provinces and she is particularly interested in the relationship between the consumption of Roman objects and the expression of social and cultural identities (Objects and Identities: Roman Britain and the north-western provinces). She has published on:

  • lighting equipment (Illuminating Roman Britain),
  • objects associated with grooming and personal adornment (Styling the body), and
  • the material culture of literacy (Writing and power in the Roman world: literacies and material culture).

With Gundula Müldner & Mary Lewis, Hella examined the evidence for incomers in Romano-British towns through a combination of material culture, skeletal and isotope research. This showed that there is considerable evidence for individuals of very diverse origins living in later Roman towns such as York and Winchester. Read more about the project: A Long Way from Home: Diaspora Communities in Roman Britain.

She is also very interested in explaining these findings to the wider public and especially school children. Read more at Romans Revealed

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  • Eckardt, H. and Williams, H. (2003) Objects without a past. In: Williams, H. (ed.) Archaeologies of Remembrance: death and memory in past societies. Kluwer/Plenum Academic Press, New York & London, pp. 141-170.
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Earlier Publications:

Eckardt, H. (2002) Illuminating Roman Britain. Montagnac: Instrumentum.

Eckardt, H. (2002) The Colchester lamp factory. Britannia 33, 77-93.

Eckardt, H. (1999) The Colchester Child's Grave. Britannia 30, 57 - 90.

BA (Mainz), MA (London), PhD (Reading)


Dr Hella Eckardt

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6266

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