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Dr Penelope Allison

Dr Penelope Allison

Dr Penelope Allison

Dr Penelope Allison has joined the School of Archaeology as a Lecturer in Ancient History from her position as Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the Australian National University.

Teaching and Research interests/significant publications:

The Roman world, particularly Italy during the early Empire, and the areas of Pompeii, household archaeology, relationships between material culture and text, painting, artefact studies, and gender and space. More recently her research has concerned rural colonial Australia and women and children early imperial military communities in the Roman provinces of Upper and Lower Germany.

Significant publications:


  • P.M. Allison (in press). The Insula of the Menander in Pompeii III: The Finds, a Contextual Study. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, publication date Sept. 2006).
  • P.M. Allison (2004, reprinted 2005). Pompeii households: Analysis of the material culture, Monograph 42 (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA).
  • P.M. Allison and F. Sear (2002). Main author with Frank Sear, The Casa della Caccia Antica, Häuser in Pompeji 11 (Munich: Hirmer).
  • P.M. Allison (ed.)(1999). Editor, The archaeology of household activities (London and New York: Routledge).

Refereed website:

  • P.M. Allison (2004). Pompeian households, on-line companion to Monograph 42, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA (The Stoa: A Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities). Includes interactive town plan, 30 house plans; searchable analyses of 30 houses and over 865 rooms, searchable, activity indexed, database of 16,000 artefacts and 216 photographs.

Journal articles:

  • P.M. Allison (2006). Mapping for Gender: Interpreting artefact distribution in Roman military forts in Germany, Archaeological Dialogues 13.1: 1-48 (discussion paper, 5 commentary papers and response).
  • P.M. Allison (2004). Extracting the social relevance of artefact distribution within Roman military forts (with contributions from C. Blackall, S. Ellis, and A. Fairbairn), Internet Archaeology, issue 17.4.
  • P.M. Allison (2001). Using the Material and the Written Sources: Turn of the Millennium Approaches to Roman Domestic Space, American Journal of Archaeology 105: 181-208.

Book chapters:

  • P.M. Allison (1997). Artefact distribution and spatial function in Pompeian houses. In B. Rawson and P. Weaver, eds, The Roman family in Italy: status, sentiment and space, 321-354 (Clarendon Press, Oxford).
  • P.M. Allison (1997). Roman households: an archaeological perspective. In H. Parkins, ed., Roman urbanism: beyond the consumer city, 112-146 (Routledge, London and New York).
  • P.M. Allison (1997). Why do excavation reports have finds' catalogues? In C. G. Cumberpatch and P.W. Blinkhorn, eds, Not so much a pot, more a way of life, 77- 84 (Oxbow Books, Oxford).
  • P.M. Allison (1995). On-going seismic activity and its effect on living conditions in Pompeii in the last decades. In T. Fröhlich and L. Jacobelli, eds, Archäologie und Seismologie: La regione vesuviana dal 62 al 79 d.C.: problemi archeologici e sismologici (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, Osservatorio Vesuviano), 183-190 (Biering and Brinkman, Munich).


  • Visiting Fellow, St John's College, Univ. of Durham (Sept-Dec 2005).
  • Australia Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, School of Archaeology and
  • Anthropology and School of Social Sciences, Australian Nat. Univ. (2001- 2006).
  • Australian Bicentennial Fellow, Faculty of Classics, Univ. of Cambridge (Sept-Dec 2000).
  • U2000 Research Fellow, School of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Univ. of Sydney (1997-2001).
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney (1993-1996).

Dr Allison said

I am looking forward to joining the staff of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester and to working with a large team of distinguished scholars in archaeology and ancient history, in a school whose research and teaching embraces relationships between the archaeological and textual evidence in the ancient and modern worlds.
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