Dr Virginia Campbell, The University of Oxford


Virginia Campbell is a Romanist who has extensive experience on the site of Pompeii and has written the book 'Pocket Museum: Ancient Rome'. Some of her research involves 'The Tombs of Pompeii: Organisation, Space and Society' and 'Politicians and Priestesses: Networks of Elite Families in Pompeii'.





Previous Speakers:

Professor Ernst Pernicka

Our keynote speaker for 2016 is Professor Ernst Pernicka from Heidelberg University. Head of the the CEZ Archaeometrie laboratory, Ernst has been working on radiocarbon dating, authenticity, provenance and isotope analysis in archaeology and objects of the cultural heritage for some forty years.

Notably, Ernst has excavated at the ancient citadel of Troy, in the northwestern Anatolian province of Çanakkale, from 2005-2012. His work at during these seven years at the famed site has provided insight into the world of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War.

In 2015 Ernst and his laboratory team presented new research results regarding Early Bronze Age chronology in collaboration with Heidelberg Academy of Science, and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History researchers. This work has shed new light on the Early Bronze Age period in Central Europe.

He and his team have introduced new isotope systems in provenance analysis of metals, like osmium isotope ratios for iron, tin isotope ratios for tin and bronze and currently they work on silver isotope ratios for the provenance of gold.

In his institute the methods developed and the experience and data acquired are also used for authenticity tests for all kinds of materials. For base metals they have developed the unique test with Pb-210 which was also applied in the investigation of the famous Sky Disc of Nebra. Currently they work on the U/Th-He method for dating gold.

Having worked with scholars such as Philipp Stockhammer, of Heidelberg University, Ernst is a well-known scholar and archaeological scientist who is constantly researching and contributing to the field.


Previous Workshops:

Sue Carter is an archaeologist with over 20 years’ experience in archaeological research and cultural heritage.

Sue has written and co-written numerous archaeological reports, is feature writer for Heritage Daily the largest online archaeology news network; has undertaken primary research for Flame TV, documentary producers for the BBC; is past president of the Archaeology Society of Western Australia; has articles published on www.academia.edu; Published her first book We Don’t Dig Dinosaurs: What Archaeologists Really Get Up To!! in 2014; and is currently working on her second manuscript.

Sue now runs her own archaeology business, STC Archaeology, undertaking public outreach encouraging communities to become involved in their local history and heritage, as well as running, the Junior Archaeologists Club, her blog The Young Archaeologist, and other community engagements.

To contact Sue phone: 0403 022 281 or email: STCArchaeology@outlook.com

Archaeologist and archaeo detectorist Bob Sheppard is recognised as the leading exponent on the use of metal detection in archaeology in Australia. Bob has used archaeo metal detection for nearly 30 years at numerous important historical sites around Australia including; the Zuytdorp (1712) survivors camps, theBatavia (1639) execution site, Vergulde Draeck (1656) terrestrial sites, the Perseverant (1841) survivors’ camp, the St Allouarn French annexation site, Ann Jones Inn/ Kelly gang siege site, the search for additional Kilwa coins on Marchinbar Island, an unidentified wreck on Barrow island, World War 2 coastal military sites, the Deadwater wreck and the site of the Dundee Beach cannon find.

Bob is currently the project coordinator of an international team looking for evidence of the 13th Century Battle of Bach Dan in Vietnam.


Sean Winter gained his PhD from UWA in 2014 and was the Short Reports Editor for the journal Australian Archaeology between 2011 and 2015.

Sean is primarily interested in the historical archaeology of Western Australia. His doctoral studies examined convict transportation to Western Australia during the 19th century. Sean is particularly interested in the way a global system was enacted in a small, isolated British colony, and the intersection between the needs of the system and the needs of the colony. He has also conducted research on early Western Australian settlement, European expansion into the interior, early colonial industry and culture contact. 

Sean is a current member of the Editorial Board of the journal Archaeology in Oceania. Sean has published numerous papers, has been the editor of two special journal volumes, and has a book coming out later in 2016.