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Professor Martin Pitts


My teaching in the department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter is closely informed by my research on the archaeology of the Iron Age to Roman transition in northwest Europe.

For first and second year undergraduates, I teach 15 credit optional modules on 'Barbarian societies' and 'Globalisation in the Roman empire'. 'Barbarian societies' provides an anthropological approach to the societies encountered by Julius Caesar in the first century BC, drawing on a combination of archaeological evidence and critical approaches to 'ethnographic' texts written by Mediterranean authors. 'Globalisation in the  Roman empire' similiarly connects recent approaches to Roman material culture with critical reflections on modern ideas of globalisation and connectivity to shed new light on the culture and economy of the Roman empire. For third year undergraduates, I run 15 and 30 credit special subject modules on Britain in the Roman world and Roman visual culture.

At Master's level, I currently teach a special subject on 'Rome: Globalisation and Materiality' which brings together a variety of my research interests, including the cultural impacts of circulating objects and digital approaches to the 'Big Data' of Roman finds and ceramics. I also provide specialist methodological training in quantitative methods such as Correspondence Analysis, which has become a major research tool in Roman archaeology in recent years.

Modules taught