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Dr Eleri Cousins

Lecturer (Ancient History & Archaeology)
Sub-honours Adviser

Phone: 01334 462604

Room: S10

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Roman archaeology, history and epigraphy
  • Religion in the Roman provinces
  • Roman provincial art
  • Roman Britain, Gaul, and Germany
  • Cultural heritage and the antiquarian tradition

Current research

I am interested in the role played by ritual and religion (broadly defined!) in the construction of provincial society and identity in the Roman Empire. I am currently writing a monograph based on my doctoral research on the Roman sanctuary site at Aquae Sulis (modern Bath, UK), which will use a broad range of archaeological, iconographic, and epigraphic evidence to re-evaluate the nature of the Roman-period sanctuary at Bath and its place within the wider religious and cultural contexts of the North-West provinces of the Roman Empire.

I am also starting work on a new project, which will examine regional religious practices in the Western Alps during the Roman period. This project will combine an emphasis on the lived experience of ancient religion with archaeological approaches to landscape, including phenomenological approaches and GIS analyses, to explore how Alpine populations used, and were affected by, the mountains in their engagement with the divine. In addition, I will continue to engage with the themes of religious syncretism and change which I’ve explored in the past, including how the communities of the Alps used religious activity to structure both their engagement with the natural world, and their experience of living under the Roman Empire.


The Rudston mosaics
Cousins, E. H., 1 Nov 2017, Thwing, Rudston and the Roman-period exploitation of the Yorkshire Wolds. Ferraby, R., Johnson, P., Millett, M. & Wallace, L. (eds.). Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society, p. 260-266 (Yorkshire Archaeological Reports; vol. 8).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Votive Objects and Ritual Practice at the King's Spring at Bath
Cousins, E. H., 2014, TRAC 2013: Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference.. Platts, H., Pearce, J., Barron, C., J. L. & Yoo, J. (eds.). Oxbow
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


An imperial image: the Bath Gorgon in context
Cousins, E. H., 2016, In : Britannia. 47, p. 99-118
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


MCINTYRE (G.) A Family of Gods. The Worship of the Imperial Family in the Latin West. Pp. xii + 179. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. Cased, US$60. ISBN: 978-0-472-13005-4.
Cousins, E. H., 26 Jan 2018, In : The Classical Review. 68, 1
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Julia Budei, Gallorömische Heiligtümer: neue Studien zur Lage und den räumlichen Bezügen. Studia archaeologica Palatina, 2. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016. Pp. 137. ISBN 9783447106252. €24.00.
Cousins, E. H., 2017, In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2017.07.24
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Academic Career

I did my undergraduate work at Stanford University, with a double-major in Archaeology and Classics. In 2010 I moved to Wolfson College, Cambridge, for an MPhil in Classics, and then to St John’s College, Cambridge for my PhD, which I completed in 2016.

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