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Dr Lisa Lodwick

BA, MSt, DPhil
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow since 2017
My main research interests are in the relationship between agriculture and urbanisation in later prehistoric and Roman Europe. Previously, I have studied archaeological plant remains from the Late Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester, and undertaken a major synthesis of farming in Roman Britain within the ‘The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain’ project at the University of Reading. My broader interests include the translocation of plants through the Roman world and the role of plants in ritual and religion. My new project, provisionally entitled Quantifying cereal cultivation and processing in the north-western Roman Empire, will investigate the cultivation and processing of cereals. First, through an application of stable isotope and weed ecology analysis to archaeological plant remains, and second, by establishing a corpus of corn-drying ovens from the north-western provinces. Together, these will develop a new understanding of the scale, intensity and organisation of the arable economy in the north-western Roman world.
Dr Lisa Lodwick
  • Background

    • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading (from 2014 to 2017)
    • Doctoral research in Archaeology, St Cross College, University of Oxford (2014)
    • Masters in European Archaeology, Hertford College, University of Oxford (2010)
    • Undergraduate in Archaeology and Anthropology, Hertford College, University of Oxford (2009)
  • Research interests

    • Iron Age and Roman Archaeology, Archaeobotany, Agriculture, Urbanisation, Rural settlement and economy, human-plant relationships
  • Selected publications

    • Lodwick, L. 2017. "The debatable territory where geology and archaeology meet": reassessing the early archaeobotanical work of Clement Reid and Arthur Lyell
      at Roman Silchester. Environmental Archaeology 22(1): 56-78 DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2015.1116218
    • Lodwick, L. 2016. Agricultural innovations at a Late Iron Age oppidum: Archaeobotanical evidence for flax, food and fodder from Calleva Atrebatum, UK. Quaternary International. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.058
    • Lodwick, L. Identifying ritual deposition of plant remains: a case study of Stone Pine cones in Roman Britain. In Brindle, T. et al. 2015. TRAC 2014: Proceedings of the
      Twenty-Fourth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference
      . Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 54-69.
    • Lodwick, L. Condiments before Claudius: new plant foods at the Late Iron Age oppidum at Silchester, UK. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 23: 543-549.
    • Publications (External Link)