Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Having studied mathematics, architecture and classics at Lund University, I took a PhD in classical archaeology and ancient history in 2002. The dissertation constituted a close study of a Roman sepulchral monument: the tomb of Caecilia Metella. Together with Dominic Ingemark I also wrote a book on Roman social history for the general public, which was nominated for the August literary award in 2000. In 2003, after a year as deputy lecturer at the Department of archaeology and ancient history in Lund, I became research assistant at the Department of classics, Royal Holloway College, London. Between 2004 and 2009 I held the position as research fellow at the Department of archaeology and ancient history in Uppsala where I also acted as director of studies. In the spring of 2010 I returned to Lund University where I am presently Senior Lecturer. I am running three different projects on the early use of fired bricks in antiquity, the ancient city of Hermione and the Forum Romanum in Rome.


About the research

My research is mainly oriented towards ancient architecture, both Greek and Roman, but I have also written on topics such as archaeological theory, chronology, Roman prosopography and social history. My doctoral thesis, The tomb of Caecilia Metella: tumulus, tropaeum and thymele, constitutes a close study of a Roman sepulchral monument with the aim of understanding the ideas and intentions behind its design and layout. In this, and other, research I have employed digital acquisition techniques and 3D-modelling as tools for analysis.

From my work on the dissertation has grown a continued and deepened interest in three interrelated topics: architecture as a reflection of the spread of cultural phenomena and technical innovations; the early use and development of fired brick and brick construction; monuments as manifestations of their historical context. Investigations are conducted separately within all three areas of research but have been especially fruitful in those instances where they overlap.

Between 2003 and 2013 I participated in an international research project on ancient shipsheds, Shipsheds in the ancient Mediterranean, funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. Shipsheds were used from the Late Archaic period onwards for storage of war ships and constituted an important part of ancient military infrastructure. My current research projects concern Hellenistic fired bricks, the ancient city of Hermione and the Basilica Sempronia in Rome.



Books (3)
Editorships (1)
Articles (13)
Book chapters (15)
Conference contributions (4)
Reports (1)
Working papers (2)
Reviews (2)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (6)
Newspaper articles (1)
Miscellaneous (1)
Supervision at Lund University (1)

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Henrik Gerding

Classical archaeology and ancient history
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Contact information

E-mail henrik.gerdingklass.luse

Phone +46 46 222 79 31

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