After a degree in Archaeology at Leuven (Belgium), I obtained a grant from the Research Foundation Flanders to start a DPhil. The same foundation also funded my postdoctoral research as well as a long research stay in Munich. In the meantime, I had also become Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at the University of Brussels. In October 2013, I moved to Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in Classics. Since January 2015, I am the Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture at Oxford.
My research focusses on the development of the Eastern Mediterranean in late antique and Byzantine times. Because I am an archaeologist, I mainly deal with material evidence, but I am particularly interested in how this relates to and can (or cannot) be combined with literary sources. My doctorate looked into the how and why of late antique and Early Byzantine urban development and representation. In a first postdoctoral fellowship I investigated the reciprocal relations between the drastic political and religious changes taking place in the Theodosian period on the one hand and the economic developments and general prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean on the other. Since then I have been focussing ever more on the influence of Christianity on contemporary society. I am examining how the augmenting power of bishops over their congregations is expressed in the urban fabric as well as how ordinary people enacted their personal, everyday religiosity.
I was a member of the Sagalassos team (Turkey) between 2003 and 2014, director of the British Archaeological Project at Grumentum (Italy) between 2012 and 2015. I now co-direct the Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological Project (FYROM) and am field director at Aphrodisias (Turkey).
Late Antique archaeology and architecture, Archaeology of Christianity Popular culture.
Archaeology as an alternative source for late antique Christianity. The example of ritual deposits
Cross Graffiti as Physical Means to Christianize the Classical City: An Exploration of Their Function, Meaning, Topographical, and Socio-Historical Contexts
Re-using the gods: a 6th-c. statuary display at Sagalassos and a re-evaluation of pagan mythological statuary in Early Byzantine civic space
Old Habits Die Hard. A group of mythological statuettes from Sagalassos and the afterlife of sculpture in Asia Minor
Ecclesiastical Dominance and Urban Setting. Colonnaded streets as back-drop for Christian display.