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Hugh Elton

Hugh Elton

 Professor, Department of Cultural Studies
 B.A. (Sheffield), D.Phil. (Oxford)

 Lady Eaton College S107, ext.7838, hughelton@trentu.ca

 Research Interests: field survey, archaeology of warfare, GIS, climate change, the late Roman eastern Mediterranean, the regions of Cilicia and Isauria in Southern Turkey



Current Projects

Two topics for which I’m looking for MA students for next year:

  1. Collection methods in intensive field survey. Traditionally intensive field surveys collect large numbers of ceramics, but in practice the majority of identified sherds are rims. This project will reanalyze data from three recent field surveys in the eastern Mediterranean (Göksu, Avkat, Antikythera) to test the hypothesis that we should only be collecting rims in most circumstances. Experience in intensive field survey and/or GIS and/or statistical methods preferred.
  2. Viewsheds in GIS. Viewshed analysis in GIS depends on the DEM, usually derived from satellite data. Effective viewshed analysis depends on understanding the limits of the DEM. This is of particular importance at higher elevations. This project will investigate the limits of satellite-based DEMs in mountainous regions, using case studies from southern Turkey and western Canada. Experience in using GIS preferred but not required.

Selected Publications

With P. Bikoulis, J. Haldon, and J. Newhard, “Above as below: application of multiple survey techniques at a Byzantine Church at Avkat” in Winther-Jacobsen, K. and Summerer, L., eds., Landscape dynamics and settlement patterns in Northern Anatolia during the Roman and Early Byzantine period (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2015), 101-117

“Olive Oil and Wine Production in Isauria: Results from the Göksu Archaeological Project in Turkey”, in Diler, A. Şenol, K. and Aydınoğlu, Ü., eds., Olive Oil and Wine Production in the Eastern Mediterranean during Antiquity (Izmir, 2015), 41-50

With J. Haldon et al., “The climate and environment of Byzantine Anatolia: integrating science, history and archaeology”, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45.2 (2014), 113-161

With E. Baysal, “A tomb with a view: the rock-cut cemetery at Alahan in Isauria”, Adalya 17 (2014), 181-208.

“Late Roman Churches in the Göksu Valley”, in Hoff, M. and Townsend, R., eds., Rough Cilicia: New Archaeological and Historical Approaches (Oxford: Oxbow, 2013), 225-238.

“The Roman Countryside at Alahan, Turkey”, in Lewin, A.S. and Pellegrini, P., eds., Settlements and Demography in the Near East in Late Antiquity. Proceedings of the colloquium, Matera 27-29 October 2005 (Rome, Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, 2006), 59-66.

“A new late Roman urban centre in Isauria”, Journal of Roman Archaeology 19 (2006), 300-311 (with M. Jackson, G. Mietke, J. Newhard, L. Özgenel, and E. Twigger).

“LR 1 Amphorae and the economy of southern Asia Minor”, in Gurt i Esparraguera, J.M., et al.  eds., First International Conference on Late Roman Coarse Wares, Cooking Wares and Amphorae, Barcelona, BAR S1340 (Oxford: BAR, 2005), 691-695.

“Military supply on the south coast of Anatolia in the 3rd century AD”, in Mitchell, S. and Katsari, C., eds., Patterns in the Economy of Roman Asia Minor (Swansea, Classical Press of Wales, 2005), 289-304.

“Alahan and Zeno”, Anatolian Studies 52 (2002), 153-157.