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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 Philosophy Seminar

Apr 27, 2017


Ancient Philosophy Seminar

May 04, 2017


The B Club

May 08, 2017


The B Club

May 15, 2017


Upcoming events

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Apr 21, 2017

Information on the next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now available online.

Craven Seminar, 1-3 June 2017

Apr 04, 2017

A provisional programme for this seminar on ‘Eschatology and Apocalypse in Graeco-Roman literature’ in now online.

Greek Play 2016 Videos now on line

Feb 07, 2017

Highlights and a full length video of the Cambridge Greek Play 2016, a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata, are now available to view on line.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets

Jan 05, 2017

21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

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