Ryan Hughes

Ryan is an archaeologist specialising in the agricultural development of Europe from the Bronze Age (3rd millennium B.C.E.) to the High Middle Ages (8th century C.E.).Ryan Photo

Ryan specialises in Classical Archaeology and has extensive experience working with the impact of the Roman Period on the landscape and cultural development of Western Europe. His M.A. project quantified for the first time the spread of Southern Spanish (Baetican) olive oil and its consumption at military and civilian sites throughout Europe and the Mediterranean during the Roman Imperial Period. His Ph.D. work explored the development of agriculture and dietary change within the confines of modern Switzerland from 800 B.C.E. to 754 C.E. This work synthesised archaeobotanical, archaeozoological and palynological records with environmental reconstructions to explore the impact of the arrival of the Romans into the landscape and the transition to the Frankish kings. His current areas of focus are on the impact of bronze metallurgy, and its applications in agriculture, on land usage in Europe and the development of agriculture in Switzerland from the Iron Age to the last of the Merovingians. He has worked on field projects and laboratory studies throughout Jordan and Canada studying remains from both ancient and modern history.

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Email: ryan.hughes@unil.ch



2016-present post-doctoral researcher ARVE Project – UNIL – IDYST

2014-2016 junior researcher ARVE Project – UNIL – IDYST

2013-2015 visiting staff, UNIL РFaculté des lettres

2013-2015 associate editor – Chronika (www.chronikajournal.com)

2013 director of excavations, Bir Madhkur Project (Khirbet Sufaysif), S. Jordan

2011-2016 Ph.D. Mediterranean Archaeology, SUNY, University at Buffalo, U.S.A. Thesis:  Agricultural Development and Dietary Change in Switzerland from the Hallstatt (800 B.C.E.) to the rise of the Carolingians (754 C.E.).

2009-2011 M.A. Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Thesis: Distribution of Stamped Dressel 20 Amphorae Produced at Axati in Roman Baetica: A Quantitative Study of Olive Oil Consumption Levels at Military and Civilian Sites.

2005-2009 B.A. (Classical) Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.