Henrik Gerding

Senior 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 are especially fruitful in those instances where they overlap.

I have also participated in an international research project on ancient shipsheds, Shipsheds in the ancient Mediterranean, funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. Shipsheds were used from the 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

Henrik Gerding & Per Östborn 2017 May Sinews of empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond. Teigen, H. F. & Heldaas Seland, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 71-84 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

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