Astrid Van Oyen

Assistant Professor,

 Astrid Van Oyen

Department and Program Affiliations:

Academic focus:
Roman archaeology

Current research project: 
I am directing the Marzuolo Archaeological Project, in collaboration with Dr Gijs Tol (University of Melbourne) and Dr Rhodora Vennarucci (University of Arkansas), excavating the Roman-period rural production site of Podere Marzuolo (Tuscany) to understand innovation from a bottom-up perspective. I am developing a book project that will consider innovation in the Roman world in a cross-craft context, starting from material culture and its perception rather than from abstract economic structures. 

Previous positions:
Junior Research Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, 2013-2016

Academic background:
Ph.D., Classics, University of Cambridge, UK, 2013
M.A., Archaeology, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2010
B.A., Archaeology, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2009

Last book read:
“Two Years, Eight Months, Twenty-Eight Nights,” by Salman Rushdie

In your own time/when not working:
Hiking, running, travelling, concerts, museums

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Archaeology of the Roman World. We will pay particular attention to the sometimes deceptive recognisability of Roman material remains to the modern, western observer. I am also thrilled to be putting together an advanced undergraduate course on Making (in) the Roman World that will combine theoretical perspectives on craft and the experience of making (including sessions in the Corning Museum!) with Roman-period production evidence to think about the social and economic impact of making. 

What most excites you about Cornell:
Its people; possible future collaborations in teaching and research with my colleagues in Classics, many of whom share interests in classical archaeology, materiality, and ancient technology; CIAMS (Cornell Institute for Archaeology and Material Studies), which fosters the meeting of archaeological minds from different departments.