Henrik GerdingSenior Lecturer, Docent
Research areas and keywords
UKÄ subject classification
- Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
My research is mainly oriented towards ancient architecture, both Greek and Roman, but I have also written on topics such as archaeological theory, Bronze Age chronology, Roman prosopography and social history. My doctoral thesis, The tomb of Caecilia Metella: tumulus, tropaeum and thymele, constitutes a close study of a Roman sepulchral monument with the aim of understanding the ideas and intentions behind its design and layout. In this, and other, research I have employed digital acquisition techniques and 3D-modelling as tools for analysis.
From my work on the dissertation has grown a continued and deepened interest in three interrelated topics: architecture as a reflection of the spread of cultural phenomena and technical innovations; the early use and development of fired brick and brick construction; monuments as manifestations of their historical context. Investigations are conducted separately within all three areas of research but have been especially fruitful in those instances where they overlap.
Between 2003 and 2013 I participated in an international research project on ancient shipsheds, Shipsheds in the ancient Mediterranean, funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. Shipsheds were used from the Late Archaic period onwards for storage of war ships and constituted an important part of ancient military infrastructure. These buildings were highly functional and technically advanced, but were also given a noticeable outward monumentality.
Recent research outputs
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter