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Dr Claire Nesbitt
Claire completed her undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University before going on to undertake an AHRC-funded M.Litt degree in Byzantine Archaeology. She completed a PhD on the manipulation of light in middle Byzantine churches, also funded by the AHRC, at Newcastle in 2007. Between studies Claire worked as a field archaeologist and as an archaeological and geophysical surveyor. She was also involved in the Leverhulme-funded project, to survey the Anastasian Wall and the Water Supply for Constantinople. Claire has taught at the Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University Belfast, the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University and the Department of Archaeology, Durham University. She brings to Antiquity experience of a diverse range of research projects and has published on understanding 'Experience' in Byzantium, the use of light in Byzantine churches, Byzantine window glass, theoretical approaches to Hadrian's Wall, archaeologies of race and multiculturalism, Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age archaeology of western Scotland and Post-Medieval settlement in the Western Isles.
Research interests include:
Phenomenology and Experience of Architecture and Landscape
- The experience of worship and encountering the Divine in Byzantine sacred architecture
- Perception of landscape in relation to understanding of self and society (Hadrian's Wall case study)
Perceptions of Monumentality
- Dislocated experience of monumental sites
- Archaeology of monumentality vs archaeology of marginality
- Biographies of monuments
Material culture and the aesthetics of experience
- Window glass, light and architectural form in the Byzantine Church
- Material culture on the margins
- Durham Medieval Archaeologists (DMA)
- Tales of the Frontier: political representations and practices inspired by Hadrian's Wall
- Archeology of Landscape
- Historiography and the Perception of Monumentality
- The Geography of Ownership and Development of Archaeological Knowledge on Hadrian's Wall
- Manipulation of Light in Ecclesiastical Architecture
- Phenomenology and Experience in Byzantine Church Architecture
- New Perspectives on Late Antique and Byzantine Glass
- Nesbitt, C. (2009). Some Sixth Century Mosaics. The Classical Review 59(1): 252-253.
Chapter in book
- Nesbitt, Claire (2014). Multiculturalism on Hadrian’s Wall. In The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Millett, Martin Revell, Louise & Moore, Alison Oxford University Press.
- Nesbitt, C. (2013). Experiencing the light: Byzantine church window glass and aesthetics of worship. In New Light on Old Glass: Recent Research on Byzantine Mosaics and Glass. Entwhistle, Chris & James, Liz British Museum Research Publication.
- Nesbitt, Claire (2012). Glass, Byzantium. In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Bagnall, Roger, Brodersen, Kai, Champion, Craige Erskine, Andrew & Huebner, Sabine Wiley Blackwell.
- Church, M. J., Nesbitt, C. & Gilmour, S. M. D. (2014). A special place in the saltings? Survey and excavation of an Iron Age estuarine islet at An Dunan, Lewis, Western Isles. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 143: 157-226.
- Nesbitt, C., Church, M. J., Gilmour, S. M. D. & Burgess, C. P. G. (2013). Small-scale evaluation of a Post-Medieval Blackhouse at Bereiro, Lewis, Western Isles of Scotland. Journal of the North Atlantic 22: 1-19.
- Church, M. J., Arge, S. V., Edwards, K. J., Ascough, P. L., Bond, J. M., Cook, G. T., Dockrill, S. J., Dugmore, A. J., McGovern, T. H., Nesbitt, C. & Simpson, I. A. (2013). The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands. Quaternary Science Reviews 77: 228-232.
- Hingley, R., Witcher, R.E. & Nesbitt, C. (2012). Life of an Ancient Monument: Hadrian's Wall in History. Antiquity 86(333): 760-771.
- Nesbitt, C. (2012). Shaping the Sacred: Light and the Experience of Worship in Middle Byzantine Churches. Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 36(2): 139-160.
- Nesbitt, C., Church, M. J. & Gilmour, S. M. D. (2011). Domestic, industrial, (en)closed? Survey and excavation of a Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age promontory enclosure at Gob Eirer, Lewis, Western Isles. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 141: 31-74.
- Nesbitt, C & Tolia-Kelly, Divya P. (2009). Hadrian's Wall: Embodied Archaeologies of the Linear Monument. Journal of Social Archaeology 9(3): 368-390.
- Hingley, Richard & Nesbitt, Claire (2008). Hadrian's Wall: a wall for all times. British Archaeology 102: 44-59.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Nesbitt, C. (2009). An Archaeology of Race. Exploring the Northern Frontier in Roman Britain.
- 2010: IMRS Student Bursary and Conference Support Grant £1000
- 2010: NIASSH Conference Programme Grant £2000.00
- 2010: Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust £1000
- 2010: Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies £2000