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Rose Karpinski

Rose Karpinski portrait

Areas of interest

  • Iron Age Archaeology
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Artefact studies and material culture
  • Scientific Analysis
  • Museum collections

Research projects

Rivers of Bronze in the age of Iron: an interdisciplinary study of Iron Age copper-alloy material culture from the middle-upper Thames Valley

This project will provide entirely new insight into the production and circulation of metalwork in the middle and upper Thames Valley during the dynamic Iron Age period, using an integrated characterisation approach to Iron Age metallurgy. Compared to the wealth of data for the British Bronze Age, we know very little about Iron Age copper-alloy metallurgy. The project will address this major knowledge gap by developing an interdisciplinary approach that draws on archaeology and chemistry to answer vital questions at multiple scales about Iron Age societies in Britain. Resulting in the creation of new datasets, novel narratives, and improved methods for the study of Iron Age material culture.

Cutting-edge scientific techniques will enable analysis of metallurgical data in new ways, revealing complex histories of craft, recycling, and choice in the making of metal artefacts. These analyses can shed much light on the changing social and cultural traditions of the Iron Age. 

This is a CDP project in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum, funded by the AHRC and is part of the UKRI-funded project led by Peter Bray, Roman and Early Medieval Alloys Defined (REMADE) 


Dr Peter Bray (University of Reading)

Professor Duncan Garrow (University of Reading)

Dr Courtney Nimura (Ashmolean Museum) 

Dr Kelly Domoney (Ashmolean Museum) 




I hold a BA in Archaeology and an MSc in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Bradford. My MSc dissertation investigated Iron Age crucible fragments from the Knowe of Swandro, Rousay, Orkney to establish the composition of copper-alloys being utilised. I have participated in multiple seasons of archaeological excavation on the Knowe of Swandro run by the University of Bradford and have a passion for the archaeology of the Northern Isles. I have experience working as both a Heritage Consultant and as a Historic Environment Record Officer.  


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