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My research is mainly oriented towards ancient architecture, both Greek and Roman, but I have also written on topics such as archaeological theory, 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.

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. From 2010 until 2020, I directed a project concerning  the early use and spread of Hellenistic fired bricks. Together with the physicist Per Östborn, I developed methods of network analysis for studying the diffusion of this innovation.

In 2015, I began two new projects, regarding the ancient city of Hermione and the Republican Forum Romanum in Rome. Preliminary results were published in 2021 and 2022. My current research concerns rational design in Hellenistic architecture.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Free keywords

  • Ancient architecture
  • History of construction technology
  • Ancient building materials
  • Forum Romanum
  • Urban space
  • Network analysis
  • Spatial analysis
  • Bricks


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