Dr Luke Lavan
Luke is co-director of the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology. He is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Kent, specialising in the late antique period. He was educated at Oxford, Durham and Nottingham, and undertook post-doctoral work in France, Germany, Turkey and Belgium. He is particularly interested in the use of everyday life and space in the late antique city and studies this using a combination of archaeological, textual and epigraphic evidence.
Dr Ellen Swift
Ellen is co-director of the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology. She is senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Kent and has wide interests in artefact studies, as well as the late and post-Roman transition in the West; she is also interested in late Roman dress and Roman and late antique art. She was educated at University College London, and has published a number of books pertinent to late antique topics, including her PhD thesis  on  Regionality in Dress Accessories in the Late Roman West (Monographies Instrumentum 11) (Editions Monique Mergoil, Montagnac 2001). She has just published Style and function in Roman decoration: living with objects and interiors (Ashgate, Farnham 2009).
Dr Anne Alwis
Anne received her MA and PhD from King’s College, London. She is lecturer in Greek literature at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on the worlds of Late Antiquity and Byzantium, in particular, the study of Hagiography (the Lives of Saints): transmission, translation, social, literary and cultural contexts. She also has interests in Greek palaeography, Gender Studies and Narrative.
Dr Helen Gittos
Helen Gittos was an undergraduate at Newcastle University and did her doctoral work at The Queen’s College, Oxford University where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship. She is a lecturer in medieval history at the University of Kent. Helen is interested in all aspects of the social and cultural history of the early middle ages, particularly of Anglo-Saxon England. Her research has focused on Anglo-Saxon liturgy and architecture. She is has recently published Sacred Space in Anglo-Saxon England: Liturgy, Architecture, and Place by Oxford University Press. Once complete, she intends to examine the use of vernacular languages in the liturgy throughout the middle ages. In collaboration with Dr Gabor Thomas (Reading University) she is also developing an archaeological project focused on the Anglo-Saxon site at Lyminge, Kent.
Dr Nikos Karydis
Nikos Karydis is an architect who has published a number of book on both Byzantine and post-medieval architecture in the Aegean. He is especially interest in the domed churches built in this region in the 5th to 6th c., leading up to the construction of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. He has a detailed knowledge of how the vaulting of buildings works, which is supported by personal fieldwork at Sardis, Corinth and other sites. His expertise extends to other periods, notably Renaissance Rome.
Dr Paul Bennett
Paul is a graduate of Manchester University and the recipient of an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Kent. He is Director of Canterbury Archaeological Trust and former Chairman of the Society for Libyan Studies, He is presently Head of Mission of the Society, an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University. His interests are wide but include the Late Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon periods in SE Britain and the Late Roman, Vandal, Byzantine and Early Arab periods in N Africa.

Dr Alexander Sarantis
Alexander Sarantis was educated at Bristol and Oxford, completing his D.Phil on ‘The Balkans During the Reign of Justinian’ at St. Anne’s College, Oxford in 2006. Having authored articles on A.H.M. Jones, the Heruls, and the Gepids, he is now preparing his thesis for publication as a monograph. Since finishing his doctoral research, Alexander has also co-edited books for the Late Antique Archaeology series on Housing and Technology, and on War in Late Antiquity. Alexander’s research interests include the history and archaeology of the Balkans; the interaction between Roman and barbarian groups, beyond and within the frontiers of the Empire; and the military strategies of the East Roman Empire.
Dr Michael Mulryan
Michael completed his doctorate at University College London on the late antique religious topography of the city of Rome and is now editor of the Late Antique Archaeology series. His interests lie in late antique urbanism in the West and ancient religion, more particularly ancient religious practice and belief and the use of secular and religious space and the interaction between the two. He would like to build on his current research with the use of the geographical information system (GIS). Michael is also a docent for Context Travel in London, and most recently Ostia, where he leads guided historical walks. His other interests include travelling, eating, cricket, repelling barbarians and unifying the empire.
John Conyard
John is a professional reconstructor with 22 years’ experience, and a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He set up “Historical Interpretations” in 1992, using archaeology as a medium to teach history in primary schools. The company now teaches 10,000 pupils per year in Yorkshire and Humberside using reconstructed artefacts. John enjoys reconstructing artefacts from all periods of history, but especially the late Roman period. He is the founder member and chair of Comitatus. The society is the leading European group reconstructing the late Roman period. He is particularly interested in late Roman military clothing and equipment. He specialises in Roman saddles and tack, their construction and use. You will often find him on horseback teaching horse archery.
Dr Peter Talloen
Peter works for the Sagalassos Archaeological Project and has recently completed post-doctoral fellowships at the RCAC of the Koc University and at the British Institute at Ankara. He completed his doctorate in 2004  on Cult in Psidia and has excavated at Sagalassos, particularly on temple and church sites. He has lived in Turkey for many years and is one of the best academic tour guides one could hope to hire (says LL).
Chris Sparey Green
Chris has worked in professional archaeology for over four decades, and is an expert on a great number of topics, ranging from funerary archaeology to wall plaster. He has undertaken a great number of excavation projects, notably of a Late Roman Cemetery at Poundbury, outside of Dorchester. He has worked for Canterbury Archaeological Trust for many years and has a detailed knowledge of the city’s history.
Elias Khamis
Elias is an expert in Late Antique and Early Islamic material culture.
Aoife Fitzgerald Late Antique Secular Architecture

Luke Lavan 27/01/2014



  1. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    my name is Benjamin Hamm. I’m working on a PhD thesis at the University of Freiburg (Germany) concerning with weapon-burials in the western part of the late Roman Empire during the 4th to early 6th century. A central aspect of my work is a comparison of different areas, by name Nothern Gaul, Britain, Hispania and Pannonia.
    Actually I’m compiling my database of cemeteries in post-Roman Britain containing burials with weapons. If anyone of your staff can help me with a piece of information, I would be grateful for any advice.

    Best wishes,

    Benjamin Hamm M.A.

  2. I’ll be a new MA student at Kent in September and was wondering, since the excavations on the late antique phases of Ostia, Port of Rome are in their final season, what excavations will be available next for students to get involved in? Will there be another project at Ostia?

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