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, 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. My current research projects concern Hellenistic fired bricks, the ancient city of Hermione and the Basilica Sempronia in Rome.


Recent research outputs

Henrik Gerding, 2019 Jul, Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund. Årsbok 2019.. Möller, D. (ed.). Lund: Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund, Vol. 2019. p. 17-29 (Årsbok. Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Henrik Gerding, 2019 Mar, Alle origine del laterizio romano: nascita e diffusione del mattone cotto nel Mediterraneo tra IV e I sec. a.C.: Atti del II Convegno internazionale “Laterizio”, Padova, 26–28 aprile 2016. Bonetto, J., Bukowiecki, E. & Volpe, R. (eds.). Roma: Edizioni Quasar, p. 9-24 (Costruire nel mondo antico; vol. 1).

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

Carl Hampus Lyttkens & Henrik Gerding, 2018 Jul, Ancient History and Contemporary Social Science. Canevaro, M., Erskine, A., Grey, B. & Ober, J. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 269-292 (Edinburgh Leventis Studies; vol. 9).

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

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