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Dr Astrid Van Oyen

Dr Astrid Van Oyen

Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College

Homerton College

Research Interests

  • the archaeology of Roman socio-economics, material culture studies, terra sigillata, storage in the Roman world
  • past and current fieldwork in Belgium, Turkey and Italy

Key Publications



(In press, 2016) How Things Make History. The Roman Empire and its Terra Sigillata Pottery, Amsterdam University Press.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

(2015) Historicising material agency: from relations to relational constellations, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, doi: 10.1007/s10816-015-9244-0.

(2015) The moral architecture of villa storage in Italy in the 1st c. B.C., Journal of Roman Archaeology 28, 97–124.

(2015) The Roman city as articulated through terra sigillata, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34 (3), 279-299.

(2015) Actor-Network Theory’s take on archaeological types: becoming, material agency, and historical explanation, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 25 (1), 63-78.

(2015) Deconstructing and reassembling the Romanization debate through the lens of postcolonial theory: from global to local and back?, Terra Incognita 5, 205-226.

(2014) Les acteurs-réseaux en archéologie: état de la question et perspectives futures, Les Nouvelles de l’archéologie 135, 14-21.

(2013) Towards a postcolonial artefact analysis, Archaeological Dialogues 20 (1), 79-105.


Peer-reviewed contributions to edited volumes

(2012) Knowledge systems in the production of terra sigillata. Moving beyond the local/global paradox, in: M. Duggan, F. McIntosh and D.J. Rohl (eds) TRAC 2011. Proceedings of the Twenty First Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Newcastle 2011, Oxford: Oxbow, 48-59.

(In press, 2016) Networks or work-nets? Actor-Network Theory and multiple social topologies in the production of Roman terra sigillata, in: T. Brughmans, A. Collar and F. Coward (eds) The Connected Past. Network Studies in Archaeology and History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 35–56.

(In press) How firing lists framed uncertainty: from representation to performativity, in: H. Hurst and S. Owen (eds) Archaeology and Text, Oxford: Oxbow.


Reviews and notes

(2015) Globalisation and material culture: the road ahead, review of M. Pitts and M.J. Versluys (eds) (2015) Globalisation and the Roman World. World History, Connectivity, and Material Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Journal of Roman Archaeology 28, 641-646.

(2014) Review of C. Orton and M. Hughes (2013) Pottery in Archaeology. Second Edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Journal of Roman Studies 104, 261-262.

(2012) Doing sigillata, enacting similarity and difference. An archaeological application of Actor-Network-Theory, Study Group for Roman Pottery Newsletter 54, 20-21.

(2012) Review of C. Knappett (2011) An Archaeology of Interaction. Network Perspectives on Material Culture and Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 27 (2), 220-228.

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

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Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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