Entangled Worlds, Interconnections and Connectivity

World Hands

Our research focuses on the entanglements resulting from the flow of people, ideas, objects and materials over space and time, interrogating the interactive processes through which people actively and creatively shape new social situations.

Much of this work is situated in the ancient Mediterranean, a veritable melting pot of cultures with evidence for maritime and interaction between communities over millennia, and with contacts seeping into Europe, the Asiatic landmass and Red Sea region, and sub-Saharan Africa. Our exploration of the connectedness of communities has a wider global impact, with the exploration of early modern shipwrecks on both sides of the Atlantic seaboard, to contemporary social media, Islam and cultural politics in the Middle East.


Our recent research outputs include: 

2018   K. Stöber, J. Kerr and E. Jamroziak (eds) Monastic Life in the Medieval British Isles. Essays in Honour of Janet Burton. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. 

2018   M. Cobb ed. The Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity: Political, Cultural and Economic Impacts. London: Routledge.

2018   M. Cobb. Rome and the Indian Ocean Trade from Augustus to the Early Third Century CE. Leiden: Brill.

2018    K. Erikson ed. The Seleucid Empire: 281-222 BC. War Within the Family. Cardiff: The Classical Press of Wales.

2018  K. Erickson. The Early Seleukids, their Gods and their Coins. London; New York: Routledge.

2018    L. Steel, Shifting Relations in Bronze Age Gaza: An Investigation into Egyptianizing Practices and Cultural Hybridity in the Southern Levant During the Late Bronze Age, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 20: 15-30.2016    K. Erickson, Apamea and Stratonike: Marriage and Legitimacy. In A. Coskun and A. McAuley (eds), Seleukid Royal Women. Franz Steiner Verlag.

2017   R; Hauessler and A. King (eds) Celtic Religions in the Roman Period: Personal, Local, and Global. Celtic Studies Publications.

2017   A. Slater. Radical Orthodoxy in a Pluralistic World. London: Routledge.

2016    A. Petersen et al.,Ruwayda: an historic urban settlement in north Qatar. Journal of Post-Medieval Archaeology 50(2): 321-49

2016    A Petersen, Crusader and Muslim Towers in Bilad al-Sham, in M.Sinibaldi, B Major, K.Lewis and J.Thompson eds. Studies on Crusader Archaeology, Architecture and History in Honour of Denys Pringle. University of Wales Press, Cardiff

2016    A Petersen, Building the Past; Archaeology and National Development in the Gulf. In P. Erskine-Loftus, V. Hightower and M. al-Mulla (eds) Representing the Nation; Museums in the Gulf, 95-108. London: Routledge.

2015    M. Cobb, Chronology of Roman Trade in the Indian Ocean from Augustus to Early Third Century CE. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58: 362-418.

2015    M. Cobb, Balancing the Trade: Roman Cargo Shipments to India. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34(2): 185-203.

2014    K. Erickson, Zeus to Apollo and Back Again: Shifts in Seleucid Policy and Iconography. In S. Krmnicek and N. Baylor (eds), Art in the Round. 97-108.Tübinger Archäologische Forschungen (TAF).

2014    M. Cobb, The Exchange of Goods from Italy to India during the Early Roman Empire: The Range of Travelling Times. Ancient West and East 13: 89-116.

2013    R. Hauessler. Becoming Roman? Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy. London: Routledge. 

2012    L. Steel, Materiality and Consumption in the Bronze Age Mediterranean, London; New York: Routledge.

Our ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research is reflected by the various papers presented by colleagues in conferences and public lectures at academic institutions both in the UK and overseas.

May 2018. Globalisation in the Ancient World. International conference at Lampeter, organised by Matt Cobb and Ralph Hauessler.

Keynote Speakers: Mark Horton (Max Planck Institute) New Developments in the Science of Globalisation; Michael Sommer (Oldenburg University) Gateway Tadmur - the beginnigns of Palmyra's long-distance trade.

Speakers from Lampeter from Lampeter included Matt Cobb (The Indian Ocean in Antiquity and the Concept of Glonalisation), Ralph Hauessler (How do people shape their own identities in Rome's western provinces? On the usefulness of glocalisation, creolisation and bricolage), Louise Steel (Red Lustrous Ware a Marker of Globlisation in the Near East during the LBA?), Katharina Zinn (Globalise or de-globalise? That is the question. The problem of  becoming Egyptian in pharaonic Egypt),


September 2017. Freedom, Rebellion, and Loyalty: Smyrna and the End of Seleukid Asia, Chris Fleming at the Seleukid Study Day VI,  Nipissing University, Canada. 

September 2017. Islam and Postcolonialism, Shadaab Rahemtulla, guest lecture in Liturgy and Postcolonialism, at the Union Theological Seminary, New York

September 2017. Postcolonial Liturgy: Muslim Perspectives, Shadaab Rahemtulla, guest lecture in Liturgy and Postcolonialism, at the Union Theological Seminary, New York

November 2016.  A Series of Dialogues: The Diplomatic Conference in the Early Second Century BCE, Chris Fleming at the Networking in the Ancient World Conference, University of Liverpool

August 2015. Antiochos IV and Apollo, Kyle Erickson, at the Seleukid Study day 5, Université libre de Bruxelles

June 2013. Monsters and Gods: Hellenistic Historiography and Diplomacy in the East, Kyle Erickson, keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting Of Postgraduates In Ancient Literature, St Andrews University.

Between 2011 and 2014 Janet Burnet (together with Dr Karen Stöber) has organised the international annual conference on monastic studies at Monestir de les Avellanes, Catalunya:

  • July 2014 Mons religiosos a l’edat mitjana, jueus, cristians, musulmans
  • July 2013: Els monastirs I el mon a l’Europa medieval
  • July 2012: L’espai sagrat al mon monastic medieval:
  • July 2011: El monacat femeni a l’Europa medieval

Our vibrant research culture encompasses numerous conferences and workshops at Lampeter and book launches for our most recent publications. We also have weekly seminars where staff and post-graduate students present their ongoing research alongside invited speakers from the UK and overseas.

May 2018. Rethinking Globalisation, UWTSD Lampeter. Including papers by Matt Cobb (The Indian Ocean in Antiquity and the Concept of Globalisation), Ralph Hauessler (How do People Shape Their Own Identities in Rom's Western Provinces? On the Usefulness of Glocalisation, Creolisation and Bricolage), Louise Steel (Red Lustrous as a Marker of Globalisation in the LBA Near East), and Katharina Zinn (Globalise or De-Globalise That is the Question. The Problem of Becoming Egyptian in Pharaonic Egypt).May 2017. Approaches to Identity in Roman Archaeology, Chris Fleming in the PG Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Carmarthen, UWTSD.

March 2017. Developing a Postgraduate Community: Concepts and Challenges, Chris Fleming, PG Engagement Fair.

March 2017. The Diplomatic Conference in the Ancient World: A Case Study, Chris Fleming, Past Peoples Seminar Series.

February 2017. Black Pepper Consumption in the Roman Empire, Matt Cobb, Past Peoples Seminar Series.

October 2016. Celts and Celticity in North Italy between Bronze Age and Roman Period, Ralph Haeussler, Past Peoples Seminar Series.

January 2016. Buffer Zones in the Ancient World, Chris Fleming at the Student Researcher Conference.

January 2016. Contesting Spaces in the Near East, BANEA 2016 @ Lamp. Panel organised by Louise Steel, including a paper by Kyle Erickson: Visions of Empire: The Donations of Alexandria and Hellenistic Territorial Ambitions.

May 2014 Sacred Landscapes: Creation, Manipulation, Transformation organised by Ralph Hauessler, with papers by Thomas Jansen: The Sacralization of Landscape as Memory Space in Early Medieval China;Louise Steel: Transforming Landscapes: Exploring the Creation of a Sacred Landscape in Northeast Cyprus at the Beginning of the Late Bronze Age; Katharina Zinn: Creation and conservation of Sacred Landscapes: Amarna and Abydos – keeping the spirit alive?

September 2011 Sacred Ways networking workshop.

We work hard to engageour students and the wider public with our research.

Examples of our impact include: 

  • Monastic Wales. This project aims to disseminate knowledge about the medieval monasteries of Wales to a wider public, through our website, a series of public lectures, workshops, tours and talks to local history societies, as well as a book aimed at the general reader, commissioned by the University of Wales Press. Specifically, we aim to encourage visitors to specific sites, both through the website.  The success of the project is illustrated by the establishment in 2014 of the Monastic Ireland project.
  • Wales Qatar Archaeological Project: Of particular importance is the Nations of the Sea Conference held at the National Museum of Wales and funded by LNG South Hook, a Qatari company based in the UK and also supported by the Qatar Museums Authority. We are also working with the Qatar Tourism authority to open one of its heritage locations to the public as a combined natural and historic heritage site with a view to UNESCO designation in the future.  Visit our Ruwayda Facebook Page for more information.

Our research is embedded in our teaching, giving students the opportunity to reflect upon interactions, hybridity, connected communities, entanglements and globalisation both ancient and modern. This includes practical engagement with theoretical concepts of connectivity in modules such as:

  • Connected Worlds:
      - Exploring Interactions Between Egypt, the Aegean and the East
  • Court and Society
  • Mediterranean Seafaring
  • The Modern Middle East: Religion Culture and Politics (AHHI6014)
  • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea
  • Political Islam

Imaret Cami

Funerary Cones


Llanthony Prima

Congregational mosque Zubayr Basra Iraq