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Department of Archaeology

Staff

Ms Joanne Shoebridge, BSc.(Hons), DipMgmt.(Open), M.A.

Deputy Visitor Services Coordinator (Wed, Thu) in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

(email at j.e.shoebridge@durham.ac.uk)

Education

M.A. Archaeology, Durham University, 2009.

BSc. Archaeology, University of Bradford, 2008.

Diploma Of Professional Archaeological Studies, University of Bradford, 2008.

Diploma in Management Studies (PG), The Open University Business School, 2000.

Research Topic

Revisiting Rouletted Ware and Arikamedu Type 10: Towards a spatial and temporal reconstruction of Indian Ocean networks in the Early Historic

Abstract

The aim of this thesis is the reconstruction of Early Historic networks in South Asia and beyond. The methodology engaged focusses on image analysis techniques being applied to two South Asian ceramics, Arikamedu Type 1 (also referred to as Rouletted Ware) and Arikamedu Type 10. The secondary aim of this thesis is to identify and investigate stylistic variances across these ceramics within the spatial and temporal boundaries of this research.

The two ceramics in this study were initially recorded at Arikamedu, South India in the excavations led by Sir Mortimer Wheeler (Wheeler et al. 1946). The majority of the previous research has focused on the physical aspects of the ceramics in an attempt to provenance the types, for example thin section analysis by Krishnan & Coningham (1997) and chemical analysis by Ford et al. (2005), however, confirmation of the provenance has not been achieved.

This thesis focuses on the decorative features of the ceramics for analysis and interpretation. The data extracted will, on interpretation, aim to demonstrate the spatial and temporal variances within Rouletted Ware and Arikamedu Type 10, and allow the proposal of networks in the Indian Ocean and beyond, during the South Asian Early Historic period



Publications

Conference Proceedings

Shoebridge, J. (forthcoming) Far and wide across the Indian Ocean: An analytical investigation into distribution networks across the Indian Ocean and beyond. In South Asian Archaeology 2014: proceedings of the 22nd International Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists.

Journal Papers Academic

Shoebridge,J. & Coningham, R.A.E. (2011). Arikamedu Type 10 and the reconstruction of Indian Ocean networks of contact. Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology 6: 125-141.

Schmidt, A.R., Coningham, R.A.E., Strickland, K.M. & Shoebridge, J.E. (2011). A pilot geophysical evaluation of the site of Ramagrama, Nepal. Ancient Nepal 177: 17-33.

Grants / Awards

2014, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, (£940) -for research trips to Baroda and Kolkata (unable to accept due to personal circumstances).

2014, Ustinov Travel award £100 - for particpation in The European Association of South Asian Archaeologists Conference, The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

2012, Ustinov Travel award £100 - for particpation inSoutheast Asian Archaeology Workshop IV. Special topic, Ceramics related to maritime exchange networks between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Maison de l’Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 - Paris.

2010. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, (£500) - for reserch for 'The Arikamedu Type 10 Project: Mapping Early Historic Networks in South Asia and Beyond’

2006. British Society of South Asian Studies (£500) - for participation in the project Anuradhapura (II) The Hinterland.

Conference Contributions

Conference Papers

2014 'Breaking through the Boundaries: An investigation into the Chronological and Geographical distribution of two South Asian Ceramics' 6 December, The Allchin Symposium, The Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

2014 'Far and wide across the Indian Ocean: An analytical investigation into distribution networks across the Indian Ocean and beyond' July 2, The European Association of South Asian Archaeologists Conference, The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

2012 'The Impression that the Peacock left: Arikamedu Type 10 and Early Historic Indian Ocean Networks of Contact' June 29, Southeast Asian Archaeology Workshop IV. Special topic, Ceramics related to maritime exchange networks between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Maison de l’Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 - Paris.

2010 'Anuradhapura, Arikamedu Type 10, and tracking networks of Indian Ocean trade' May 15, Recent research on the cultural history of Sri Lanka Study Day, The Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

Conference Posters

2012 'Across and Beyond the Indian Ocean:Image Analysis and the Reconstruction of Early Historic Networks of Contact' July 4, European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists Meeting 2012, The Louvre, Paris, France.

2011 'Reading the images: Reconstructing Ancient Networks in South Asia and beyond' September 30, The European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria. 

Projects

Research Assistant, Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini; the Birthplace of Lord Buddha 2011 - 2014

Intern, Kerala Centre for Historic Research, 2014.

Supervisor, Ban Non Wat: Origins of Angkor Project, 2010

Research Assistant / Student Placement, Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) Project Phase II 2005-2008

Research Assistant, Graduate European Archaeology Skills Exchange (GrEASE), Stropkov, Slovakia 2007. 

Current Employment

 

Deputy Visitor Services Coordinator UNESCO World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Durham, May 2015 – present.

Tutor, Workers Education Association (WEA) September 2014 – present

 

Community Engagement

Public Talks

2015 A break through the boundaries: the journey of a ceramic across time and space. March 24 Antioch House Tuesday Archaeology Group

2013 'Rouletted Ware and Indian Ocean Trade Networks' November 7, A public lecture at Kerala Centre for Historical Research, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Other Community Engagement

2017 - ongoing. Secretary for the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumbria, http://www.aasdn.org.uk/

2015 Website / E-Newsletter co-ordinator CBA North

 

Teaching Areas

  • Ancient Civilisations of the East Level 1 - 2012/2013 to 2014/15

    (6 hours/year.)
  • Archaeology in Action Level 1 2012/2013 & 2013/2014

    (3 hours/year.)
  • Student Archaeology Workshop 2011/2012 - 2013/2014 (1 hours/year.)

List of publications

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