Earthen Empire: Earth and Turf Building in the Roman North-West

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This interdisciplinary project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2018-223) for the overall award amount of £529,049, aims to shed new light on the use and properties of earthen buildings in the Roman North-West (from Mediterranean France to Scotland). Drawing together the expertise of archaeologists, architects, engineers and soil scientists, it will provide a comprehensive study examining the architecture and construction of earthen buildings, their development, spread and timeframe. By re-analysing archaeological datasets and testing material properties, this project will change our understanding of everyday Roman building and contribute historically-tested data to the recent boom in engineering studies of the potential and sustainability of contemporary earth construction. The aim is to write a more complex, less selective, history of Roman architecture, one that listens to vernacular voices while contributing to debates about how sustainable building today can responsibly use soil-based materials.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/09/1828/02/23

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