Showing posts from June, 2015

Designing an ancient history outreach class: Roman Caerleon

As you, dear reader,* might already be aware, I'm a co-ordinator on an outreach project. It's called SHARE with Schools.

The name is supposed to be a cunning play on words, SHARE being the internal, University acronym for the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, though I'm actually pretty dubious about it as a name: on the one hand because no-one is really aware of the acronym outside the University (after all it's supposed to be internal), and on the other because I gave myself the task of getting the online resources up to scratch when I joined the project, and, surprise surprise, "share" is a pretty common word to find online. That doesn't help with the whole search engine optimisation thing.

Anyway, I've been on the project for the last two years now, since I decided to drop back out of real life change careers by starting on a PhD. Over the last year or so, with some key members finishing their degrees and moving on to other things, I'…

A much belated roundup of a conferences trip to Durham

I was preparing to submit a travel fund claim for some conference speaking I did up in Durham a couple of months ago. A requirement of them giving students the money is, not unreasonably, 'conditional on you providing a report on the event . You may also be requested to provide some information for the SHARE student blog'. That being so, I thought that I'd write the report up as a belated blog post on the visit, and submit that in fulfillment of the requirement.


This March, I had the fortune to have two abstracts accepted for different conferences being held in the same week in Durham.
The first was for the UK Punic Network Graduate Workshop, hosted by Dr Mark Woolmer and Mr Luke Evans at Collingwood College, Durham University on 18th March. My paper, entitled ‘Cato the G√©nocidaire?Rethinking Straightforward Narratives of the Annihilation of Carthage’ was very well received, with the ensuing discussion showing much more acceptance of argument than I was expecting! …