Dr Eleri Cousins

Lecturer in Roman History


I work on the role played by ritual and religion (broadly defined!) in the construction of provincial society and identity in the Roman Empire, in particular Britain, Gaul, and Germany. My research focuses on archaeology and material culture, and I am especially interested in the connections between ritual and landscape in the Roman world. My previous work focused on the Roman sanctuary at Bath and my first book, The Sanctuary at Bath in the Roman Empire, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. My current research explores the dynamics of religion and society on Hadrian's Wall and the Romano-British frontier, with a particular emphasis on the site of Roman and Medieval Bewcastle in northern Cumbria. I also have active research interests in Roman epigraphy, Roman provincial art, and in 18th and 19th century antiquarian culture in Britain.