PhD Studentship in Archaeology: Ringing the changes: the social significance of finger-rings in Roman Britain.

These are the given details for the project overview:

“The project proposes a study of the significance of Romano-British finger-rings for personal, social and cultural expression in Roman Britain. Such a study will contribute to the wider debate, in the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, about the significance of material culture for expressing identity in ancient societies. As one of the most common classes of body adornment, rings have the potential to cast light on how the people of Roman Britain expressed themselves through the wearing of jewellery and the differences which can be distinguished in ring style and use between gender, social classes, religious beliefs and regional identities. The project will analyse rings from the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and from published sources, covering the whole of the Romano-British period.

Rings are only one class of jewellery, so understanding how they relate to wider changes in fashion expressed through other forms of body adornment, clothing and dress accessories, hairstyles, cosmetic use and so on, is one of the project’s primary aims. How and why rings as cultural artefacts in Britain differ from other provinces of the Roman Empire will also be addressed.”

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