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Lynne Lancaster

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Lynne Lancaster is serving as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the Humanities at the American Academy in Rome.

Ohio University faculty member since 1997.

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Wolfson College, Oxford University, England, Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology, 1996; Lincoln College, Oxford University, England, Master of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology, 1991; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, 1987


  • Roman Archaeology/Architecture/Construction
  • Topography of Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Technology

Courses Taught

  • CLAR 1110: The Wonders of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CLAR 2120: Roman Archaeology
  • CLAR 3620: The Archaeology of Roman Cities
  • CLAR 3650: Technology in Greek and Roman Society
  • CLAR 3910: Ancient Rome: Development of the City from the 8th Century B.C. to the 4th Century A.D.
  • CLAS 2540: Rome Under the Caesars

Research and Publications

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Innovative Vaulting in Architecture of the Roman Empire, 1st to 4th Centuries CE. Cambridge University Press 2015.

Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovations in Context. Cambridge University Press 2005. Link to ALICE record


"Conclusions", Response paper in J. DeLaine, S. Camporeale and A. Pizzo, (eds.), In J. DeLaine, S. Camporeale and A. Pizzo, (eds.), Archaeology of Construction V. Man-made Materials, Engineering and Infrastructure. Proceedings of the Conference, Oxford April 11-12, 2015 (Mérida, Anejos de Archivo Espanol de Arqueologia): 343-352

"Bricks and tile, innovations, and the transmission of technical knowledge", In E. Bukowiecki, R. Volpe, and U. Wulf-Rheidt (eds), Il laterizio nei cantieri imperiali. Rome e il Mediterraneo (Atti del I workshop “Laterizio” (Roma, 27-28 novembre 2014) Archeologia dell’Architettura 20 (2015) 238-245.

"'Armchair' Voussoir Vaults in Bath Buildings of the Western Roman Empire,” Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Construction History, (June 3-7, 2015, Chicago, IL)

L.C. Lancaster and R. Ulrich, “Materials”. In R. Ulrich and C.K Quenemoen (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Roman Architecture (2013): 157-192.

"A New Vaulting Technique for Baths in Southern Britain: The Anatomy of a Romano-British Invention" Journal of Roman Archaeology 25.1 (2012) 419-440.

“Ash Mortar and Vaulting Tubes: Agricultural Production and the Building Industry in North Africa” In : S. Camporeale, H. Dessales, and A. Pizzo (eds.), Les chantiers de construction de l’Italie et des provinces romaines: 3e rencontre. L’économie des chantiers (Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 10-11 décembre 2009) (Madrid 2012): 145-160.

“The Use of Lightweight Concrete in Rome, Cilicia, and Tunisia”. In Åsa Ringbom and Robert L Hohlfelder (eds), Building Roma Aeterna: current research on Roman mortar and concrete. Proceedings of the conference, March 27-29, 2008 (2011, Helsinki : Societas Scientiarum Fennica): 60-72.

L.C. Lancaster, G. Sottili, F. Marra and G. Ventura. “Provenancing of lightweight volcanic stones used in ancient Roman concrete vaulting: evidence from Rome” Archaeometry 53.4 (2011) 707–727 doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2010.00565.x.

L.C. Lancaster, F. Marra, G. Ventura and G. Sottili, “Pumice from the East Baths (S1)” In D.L. Stone, D.J. Mattingly, and N. Ben Lazreg (eds.), Leptiminus (Lamta): A Roman Port City in Tunisia. Report No. 3 the Field Survey (JRA Supp. 87, 2011): 479-480

L.C. Lancaster, G. Sottili, F. Marra and G. Ventura. “Provenancing of lightweight volcanic stones used in ancient Roman concrete vaulting: evidence from Turkey and Tunisia” Archaeometry (2010) 52.6: 949-969; doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2009.00509.x

“Parthian Influence on Vaulting in Roman Greece? An Enquiry into Technological Exchange under Hadrian American Journal of Archaeology 114.3 (2010): 447-472

“Brick”, “Building Materials and Construction”, “Concrete”. Entries in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, Vol. 2 (Oxford University Press 2010): 22-24, 30-35, 279-281. Link to article

“Terracotta Vaulting Tubes in Roman Architecture: A Case Study of the Interrelationship Between Technologies and Trade in the Mediterranean”,Journal of Construction History 24 (2009): 3-18.

“Auguste Choisy and the Economics of Roman Construction” In J. Giron and S. Huerta (eds), Auguste Choisy (1841-1909) l’architecture et l’art de batir (actas del Simposio Internacional celebrado en Madrid, November 19-20, 2009): 307-328 Link to ALICE record

“Early Examples of So-Called Pitched Brick Barrel Vaulting in Roman Greece and Asia Minor: A Question of Origin and Intention.” In M. Bachmann (ed.),Bautechnik im antiken und vorantiken Kleinasien (Proceedings of an International Conference June 13-16, 2007) Byzas 9: 371-391

Review of Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by G. Aldrete (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) In American Journal of Archaeology Online Reviews 112.1 (2008)

“The Brick Relieving Arch and Urban Redevelopment in Ancient Rome” In A. Leone, D. Palombi and S. Walker (eds.), Res Bene gestae: Ricerche di storia urbana su roma antica in onore di Eva Margareta Steinby (Quasar 2007): 133-144 Link to OhioLINK record

“Chapter 10: Roman Construction and Engineering”, In J.P. Oleson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (Oxford University Press, 2007): 256-284 Link to OhioLINK record

“The Colosseum for the general audience.” Review of K. Hopkins and M. Beard,The Colosseum (Harvard University Press 2005) in Journal of Roman Archaeology 20 (2007): 454-459 Link to ALICE record

Review of Roman Theatres. An Architectural Study by F. Sear (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology 2006). In American Journal of Archaeology Online Reviews 111.4 (2007)

“The Lightweight Volcanic Scoria in the Concrete Vaults of Imperial Rome: Some Evidence for the Trade and Economy of Building Materials”, In C. C. Mattusch, A. A. Donohue, and A. Brauer (eds.), Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities (Acta of the XVIth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston August 23-26, 2003 (Oxford 2006): 212-216 Link to OhioLINK record

“Large Freestanding Barrel Vaults in the Roman Empire: A Comparison of Structural Techniques”, In M. Dunkeld, J. Campbell, H. Louw, M. Tutton, B. Addis, C. Powell, and R. Thorne (eds), Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Construction History, Queens’ college, Cambridge University 29th March-2nd April Vol. 2 (Cambridge 2006): 1829-1844

“The Process of Building the Colosseum: the Site, Materials, and Construction Techniques”, Journal of Roman Archaeology 18 (2005) 57-82
“The Organization of Construction for the Superstructure of the Colosseum”, in R. Rea, H.-J. Beste, and L.C. Lancaster, “Il cantiere del Colosseo,” Roemische Mitteilungen 109 (2002) 341-375.

“Building Trajan’s Markets II: The Construction Process”, American Journal of Archaeology 104 (2000) 755-85.

“Amphitheatrum,” addendum on Colosseum in E.M. Steinby (ed.), Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae Vol. 5 (Quasar, 1999) 223 Link to ALICE record

“Mercati di Traiano,” addendum on Trajan’s Markets in E.M. Steinby (ed.),Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae Vol. 5 (Quasar, 1999) 276 Link to ALICE record

“Building Trajan’s Column”, American Journal of Archaeology 103 (1999) 419-439.

“Reconstructing the Restorations of the Colosseum after the Fire of 217″,Journal Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 146-174

“Building Trajan’s Markets”, American Journal of Archaeology 102 (1998) 283-308.

The Date of Trajan’s Markets: An Assessment in the Light of Some Unpublished Brick Stamps”, Papers of the British School at Rome 63 (1995) 25-44.

Awards and Honors

Recipient of 2007 James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovation in Context. (Cambridge University Press 2005)

Ohio University Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Service Award 2004

Outstanding Alumni Award of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech, 2003

Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, September 2001- July 2002

Grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, September 2001-July 2002

M. Aylwin Cotton Fellowship in Mediterranean Archaeology, Guernsey, Channel Islands, September 1996-September 1997

Grant in Aid of Research, British School at Rome, September-November 1993

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in the History of Art, July 1992

Overseas Research Student Grant, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of the United Kingdom 1993-94, 1989-91

Recipient of Outstanding Student in the College of Architecture Award 1987, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Recipient of the Michelle Currie Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Design 1986, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University