Partner 7: Department of Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK
Senior Lecturer Joanna Sofaer, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Key relevant qualifications
Leading scholar in the study of Bronze Age pottery. Has carried out research on incrusted pottery from Transdanubia, using geochemical, petrological and microscopy techniques to characterise the composition and texture of inlays. These can be used to identify local technological preferences and trace interactions between communities in the Bronze Age.
Has worked extensively on archaeological material from central and eastern Europe and is responsible for the archaeological and scientific analysis of the large and varied pottery assemblage from the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary.
Wide experience of participating in European major research initiatives, including heading the Southampton team in the EU funded ‘Emergence of European Communities’ project RTN.
Has published widely on Bronze Age studies, social identity, and the relationship between archaeological science and archaeological theory. She is author or editor of 4 books and has written several articles in peer-reviewed international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.
Role and contributions of staff
Dr Steven Roberts (Senior Lecturer in Ocean and Earth Science): member of University of Southampton scientific team
Lab technician: will run samples
The Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton has an international reputation for prehistoric archaeology and has been an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the study of pottery for over 30 years. A number of staff currently work in these fields within the Department, as well as a wide range of postgraduate students. Staff working on the Bronze Age include Dr. Joanna Sofaer, Dr. Andrew Jones and Prof. Tim Champion; Prof. emeritus David Peacock, Dr. David Williams, Dr. Joanna Sofaer, Dr. Andrew Jones and Prof. Simon Keay constitute a strong research group in ceramic studies.
In 2006 the archaeology department moved into a purpose-built facility. This has dedicated ceramic laboratories for thin sectioning and microscopy, and the largest reference collection of ceramic thin sections in the UK, including European Bronze Age fabrics. Close collaborative links have been established with University of Southampton School of Ocean & Earth Science which provides access to other resources including FT-IR, XRD, ICP-MS and SEM. The active and supportive environment brings together training, research and enterprise. PhD and post-doctoral researchers have access to a wide range of training initiatives, a dedicated laboratory, computing and desk space.
1. Roberts, S., Sofaer, J. and Kiss, V. in press. “Characterisation and textural analysis of Middle Bronze Age Transdanubian inlaid wares of the Encrusted Pottery Culture, Hungary. A preliminary study”. Journal of Archaeological Science.
2. Sofaer, J. 2006. “Pots, Houses and Metal. Technological Relations at the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary”. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 25(2):127-147.
3. Sofaer, J. 2006. The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.