Zena is a Roman archaeologist with specialisms in Roman Britain and the Roman Near East. She has research interests in the following areas:
- ancient technology
- material culture: theory and practice
- archival photography of ancient sites
- the application of modern technologies to archaeology
Zena is Lecturer in Roman Archaeology in the Department of Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London and has a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of Oxford ('Water Management and Supply in the Near East 63 BC - AD 636'). Before moving to Royal Holloway, Zena worked with Professor Chris Gosden at the University of Oxford on the 'English Landscapes and Identities' project and with Professor Karl Galinsky on the 'Memoria Romana' project. She was also Assistant Director of the Marcham/Frilford excavations at the University of Oxford.
Zena is now running three projects, linked by an interest in both the history and future of archaeology, museums and archaeological practice:
'Digesting the Romans at Corinium Museum' - investigating the future of 3D printing and other forms of reconstruction for museums (funded by the Roman Research Trust)
'Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa' - creating new memories from old objects with the Petrie Museum (London) and the Great North Museum (Newcastle) (funded by the AHRC)
'Photographing the Romans' - exploring how people have photographed archaeological sites from the 19th century to the modern day.