PhD in Archaeology/Engineering. ‘Sustaining Rome : The supply and use of water in the Eastern Caelian, Rome 1st to 8th centuries AD/CE’

Newcastle University

Newcastle, , GB


This studentship is part of the project Rome Transformed: interdisciplinary analysis of Political, Military and Religious regenerations of the city’s forgotten quarter C1-C8 CE (RomeTrans), funded through an ERC Advanced grant awarded to Professor Ian Haynes at Newcastle University.

The successful applicant will work with archaeologists, hydraulic engineers and physical geographers. The PhD will examine evidence for the role of water in political, military/security and religious contexts, applying water modelling methodologies to the richly documented water features, pipes and aqueducts of the study area. From the building of baths, through to the control of drinking water, the creation of Christendom’s first baptistery, and the elaborate fountains commissioned by successive popes, the supply and use of water illuminates the dynamic transformations of the Eastern Caelian over eight centuries. As part of the research programme, the student will also work with the team’s archaeologists, geomaticians and visualisation specialists to integrate their data into the RomeTrans GIS and to produce visualisations of the changing rural, sub-urban, and urban landscape of south-eastern Rome.


European Research Council
Funding for this project is guaranteed to completion.

Name of supervisor(s)

Supervisory Team (Newcastle): Professor Ian Haynes, Professor Richard Dawson.

Advisory Board: Professor Margherita Azzari (Florence), Dr Duncan Keenan-Jones (Queensland), Professor Paolo Liverani (Florence), Dr Davide Motta (Northumbria).

Eligibility Criteria

Essential: A high 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in  Archaeology, History, Physical Geography, Engineering and/or related subjects. Experience of computer modelling, handling spatial data and quantitative analysis. A Masters degree (merit or distinction) in a relevant subject area to be completed before starting the PhD.

Desirable (but not a requirement): Experience in hydrology and hydraulics. Knowledge of Italian and Latin. Language classes will be available in both languages for those who require them.

If English is not your first language we require you to meet the following English language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8210F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of History, Classic and Archaeology (full time) – Archaeology’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code hca001 in the studentship/partnership reference field

There is no requirement to attach a research proposal to your application.  In addition to completing the online application, you are asked to send a copy of your personal statement and CV direct to Professor Haynes by email ([email protected]) citing the studentship code hca001.  


Professor Ian Haynes
School of History, Classics and Archaeology