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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

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Drink and Draw

Aug 04, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Meet the Romans

Aug 08, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Why is the Owl Wise?

Aug 10, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

Jul 18, 2017

Details of how to apply for this scheme, for entry in 2018, are now available online.

Inaugural Lecure: Professor James Clackson

Jun 06, 2017

Watch again: the inaugural lecture by Professor James Clackson, Professor of Comparative Philology, " 'Dangerous Lunatics’: Cambridge and Comparative Philology".

Laurence Seminar: Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 May 2017

May 16, 2017

Details of this year’s Laurence seminar, Freedom of speech, censorship and the ancient world, are now available online.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Apr 21, 2017

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

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