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A sketch of Strazza’s The Veiled Virgin, a personal guide

Posted on: 21 September 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

A sketch of Strazza's The Veiled Virgin main image

This piece kicks off our ACE & Creativity Series for the 2022-23 academic year.

Getting Creative at Conferences

Posted on: 3 August 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Covid brought with it the era of the online academic conference. Having co-organised two online only conferences in 2021 and 2022, as well as a face-to-face conference in 2022, I value the benefits that come with the online format.

Horus Cippi

Posted on: 6 July 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

The distinction between rational therapy and the use of rituals and incantations is a modern prerogative. Such a separation does not apply to ancient Egypt: medicine and magic are two main constituents of the same process, aimed at preserving life through the prevention and cure of illnesses (Pinch 1994). Constant threats in the form of ferocious and poisonous animals challenged the Egyptians’ daily life.

ACE & Creativity: Taking on world mythology one death metal album at a time

Posted on: 8 June 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Downcast Twilight is one of the various heavy metal projects I have contributed lyrics to over the years, but perhaps the one closest to my classicizing heart.

Late spring at Khirbet al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya, Jordan - Part 2

Posted on: 19 May 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Diederik documenting the massive tower structure with the wadi in the background

In order to tackle some of these questions I organised the fieldwork project we’re currently enjoying. I really wanted to visit the site to take a closer look at its many structures, and pay particular attention to building techniques, potential quarrying locations, and the order the site was built in. Then I got to thinking, how will I be able to address all the questions I’ll have, especially as throughout my PhD I’ll likely come up with more and more questions that I can’t even think of yet? If only there was a way of ‘bringing the site home with me’!

Late spring at Khirbet al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya, Jordan - Part 1

Posted on: 18 May 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Diederik documenting the massive tower structure with the wadi in the background

Hi everyone! I thought I’d write a blog post as we’re currently doing some quite exciting work out in Jordan. First, for those that don’t know me, I’m Diederik Halbertsma, a 2nd year PhD student in archaeology at ACE. I specialise in the Iron Age period (ca. 1200 – 550 BCE) of the Levant, specifically the early Iron Age in the country of Jordan. It is this research which brought me out to Jordan with a small team of colleagues this year. It was originally planned to be done before I started my PhD (which I did in 2020), but due to Covid-19 complicating all forms of travel the past several years our work here was postponed several times. We are very grateful to be out here now, however!

Your Wellbeing: Top Tips

Posted on: 10 May 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Lynsey Shale

Being at university is often a really stressful time, even when you don’t have exams or deadlines coming up. The change in routines and environment can feel very difficult and it is easy to feel like you’re in a sink or swim situation. I know that when I first came to university, I thought I would have to change everything about my routine and hobbies. That was not good for my wellbeing, so here are some of my tips from my experiences that I hope will help some of you.

ACE & Creativity: Talk To Me

Posted on: 10 May 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

ACE & Creativity

I’ve always been interested in drama and write, act and direct in community theatre, including my own community theatre group, ‘Grass Roots’. In 1998 I gained an MA in Screenwriting from John Moores University. This year I gained my PhD at Liverpool University with the thesis ‘Classics, Empire and Didacticism, 1919-1939’. Prior to this, in 2013, I gained my MA in Classics with the dissertation ‘The Unheeded Voice: Receptions of Cassandra in Dramatic and Narrative Texts’.

Introducing: ACE & Creativity

Posted on: 6 April 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Love, War and Macarons

It is my pleasure and honour to write the first short post for our new blog, which aims to bring together academic and creative work in Ancient World Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.

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