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Dr Eleri Cousins

Lecturer (Ancient History & Archaeology)

ehc5@st-andrews.ac.uk

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 parts of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Germany, and Raetia which today make up modern-day Switzerland and nearby areas in France and Germany.  In this project, I will continue to engage with the themes of religious syncretism and change which I’ve explored in the past; I am particularly interested in how the communities of this area used religious activity to structure their experience of living under the Roman Empire.  In addition, this is a region characterized by topographical diversity, including the headwaters of the Rhine and the Rhone, several major lake systems, and both the Jura mountains and the Alps: two major goals of this project will be to explore ritual engagement with the landscape in this region, and also the effect of boundaries, both physical and conceptual, on religious and societal groupings.    

Publications

The Rudston Mosaics
Cousins, E. H. 2017 Thwing, Rudston, and the Roman-period exploitation of the Yorkshire Wolds. Ferraby, R., Johnson, P., Millett, M. & Wallace, L. (eds.). Yorkshire Archaeological Society
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. 2 Jun 2016 In : Britannia. First View
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

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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