November 9: Rob Collins

Up in Arms: Identity, Place, and Occupation in the Roman Armies

Abstract: Roman military studies have long been lampooned as a conservative and atheoretical specialism, but the breadth, quantity, and quality of data makes the Roman military and its archaeological remains ideal for building bridges between theory and application. This paper will consider the Roman armies as social entities that can be understood through an application of occupational identity theory, and crucially explore how the material culture can be directly linked to this theory.

Dr. Rob Collins completed his MA in Medieval Archaeology and PhD in Archaeology at the University of York. A self-confessed limes-phile (love of Roman frontiers, not the citrus fruit), Rob counter-balances this special fascination with an unhealthy enthusiam for small finds, with is particularly handy as he works for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. He can be found in the Great North Museum, Newcastle, generally garbed in the ‘timeless fashion’ of the lumberjack.

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