Classical & Archaeological Studies

 

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Dr Ellen Swift FSA

Reader in Archaeology

 

Office: Cornwallis North West 162

About

Educated at University College London, Ellen Swift has wide research 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 is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Publications

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Book
Swift, E. (2017). Roman Artefacts and Society: Design, Behaviour and Experience. [Online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/roman-artefacts-and-society-9780198785262?q=Roman%20Artefacts%20and%20Society:%20design,%20behaviour%20and%20experience&lang=en&cc=gb.
Swift, E. (2009). Style and Function in Roman Decoration: Living with Objects and Interiors. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
Swift, E. (2008). Roman Dress Accessories. Buckinghamshire: Shire Publications.
Swift, E. (2000). Regionality in Dress Accessories in the Late Roman West. Montagnac: Editions Monique Mergoil.
Swift, E. (2000). The End of the Western Roman Empire: An Archaeological Investigation. [Online]. Stroud: Tempus. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Roman-Empire-Archaeological-Investigation/dp/075241478X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432904886&sr=1-1&keywords=The+End+of+the+Western+Roman+Empire%3A+An+Archaeological+Investigation.
Edited book
Lavan, L.A., Swift, E.V. and Putzeys, T. eds. (2008). Objects in Context, Objects in Use: Material Spatiality in Late Antiquity (Late Antique Archaeology 5). [Online]. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. Available at: http://www.brill.com/objects-context-objects-use.
Carr, G., Swift, E.V. and Weekes, J. eds. (2003). TRAC 2002: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Canterbury 2002. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Carruthers, M. et al. eds. (2002). TRAC 2001: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Glasgow 2001. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Article
Swift, E. (2014). Design, Function and Use-Wear in Spoons: Reconstructing Everyday Roman Social Practice. Journal of Roman Archaeology [Online] 27:203-237. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759414001214.
Swift, E. (2013). The Analysis of Reused Material Culture in Late Antique Studies. Late Antique Archaeology [Online] 9:91-119. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22134522-12340006.
Swift, E. (2012). Object Biography, Re-use and Recycling in the Late to Post-Roman Transition Period and beyond: Rings Made from Romano-British Bracelets. Britannia [Online] 43:167-215. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X12000281.
Swift, E. (2010). Identifying Migrant Communities: A Contextual Analysis of Grave Assemblages from Continental Late Roman Cemeteries. Britannia 41:1-46.
Alwis, A. and Swift, E. (2010). The Role of Late Antique Art in Early Christian Worship: A Reconsideration of the Iconography of the Starry Sky in the So-called 'Mausoleum' of Galla Placidia, Ravenna. Papers of the British School of Rome [Online] 78:193-217. Available at: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/the-papers-%E2%80%93-vol-78-2010.
Swift, E. (2004). Dress Accessories, Culture and Identity in the Late Roman Period. Antiquité Tardive [Online] 12:217-222. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/J.AT.2.300075.
Swift, E. (2003). Late Roman Bead Necklaces and Bracelets. Journal of Roman Archaeology 16:336-349.
Book section
Swift, E. (2014). Reuse of Glass, Pottery and Copper Alloy Objects in the Late to Post-Roman Transition Period in Britain. in: Haarer, F. K. et al. eds. AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, pp. 130-152. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/AD-410-History-Archaeology-Post-Roman/dp/0907764401/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432904952&sr=1-1&keywords=AD+410%3A+The+History+and+Archaeology+of+Late+and+Post-Roman+Britain.
Swift, E. (2014). The Development of Artefact Studies. in: The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697713.013.004.
Swift, E. (2013). Amber. in: Bagnall, R. S. et al. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. N/A. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444338386.wbeah06017.
Swift, E. (2012). The Archaeology of Adornment and the Toilet in Roman Britain and Gaul. in: Harlow, M. ed. Dress and Identity in the Past: University of Birmingham IAA Interdisciplinary Series: Studies in Archaeology, History, Literature Part 2. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 47-57.
Swift, E. (2011). Personal Ornament. in: Allason-Jones, L. ed. Artefacts in Roman Britain: Their Purpose and Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 194-218.
Swift, E. (2008). Decorated Vessels: The Function of Decoration in Late Antiquity. in: Lavan, L. A., Swift, E. V. and Putzeys, T. eds. Objects in Context, Objects in Use: Material Spatiality in Late Antiquity (Late Antique Archaeology 5). Leiden: Brill, pp. 385-412.
Lavan, L., Swift, E. and Putzeys, T. (2008). Material Spatiality in Late Antiquity: Sources, Approaches, and Field Methods. in: Lavan, L. A., Swift, E. V. and Putzeys, T. eds. Objects in Context, Objects in Use: Material Spatiality in Late Antiquity (Late Antique Archaeology 5). Leiden: Brill, pp. 1-44.
Swift, E. (2007). Small Objects, Small Questions? Perceptions of Finds Research in the Academic Community. in: Willis, S. and Hingley, R. eds. Roman Finds: Context and Theory. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 18-28.
Swift, E. (2006). Constructing Roman Identities in Late Antiquity: The North-West Frontier. in: Bowden, W., Gutteridge, A. and Machado, C. eds. Social and political life in late antiquity: Late Antique Archaeology. Leiden: Brill, pp. 95-111.
Swift, E. (2003). Transformations in Meaning: amber and glass beads across the Roman frontier. in: Carr, G., Swift, E. V. and Weekes, J. eds. TRAC 2002: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Kent 2002. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 48-57.
Review
Swift, E. (2013). Book Review. Britannia [Online] 44:406-407. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X13000159.
Swift, E. (2012). Book Review. Classical Review [Online] 62:300-302. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X11003982.
Swift, E. (2011). Book Review. Journal of Roman Studies [Online] 101:313-314. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435811000724.
Swift, E. (2011). Book Review. Journal of Roman Archaeology 24:817-818.
Swift, E. (2007). Book Review. Britannia 38:377-378.
Swift, E. (2007). The Impossible Subject of Women in Roman Britain. Journal of Roman Archaeology 20:542-544.
Swift, E. (2006). Book Review. Classical Bulletin 82:292-294.
Swift, E. (2004). Book Review. Britannia [Online] 35:363-364. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4128649?origin=crossref&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.
Swift, E. (2002). Book Review: Eastern Cemetery of Roman London/ A Romano-British Cemetery on Watling Street. Britannia [Online] 33:394-395. Available at: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.2307/1558879.
Showing 34 of 35 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

Ellen Swift teaches modules on archaeology and late antiquity.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 30/09/2016