Dr Damian Robinson
Dr Damian Robinson is a classical archaeologist with research interests both on land and underwater. He is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology. Damian did his doctoral research on Pompeii, which looked at the social and economic topography of the city. Damian also co-directed a decade-long project in Insula VI.i, which excavated beneath the AD 79 ground surface to attempt to understand the processes behind the formation of this urban neighborhood. He is now helping to write-up and publish this research.
Damian was appointed to a Junior Lectureship in Classical Archaeology in Oxford in 2004, when he was also elected to a William Golding Fellowship at Brasenose College. After two years he became the Director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology following his developing interest in how maritime cities, such as Pompeii, existed in widespread social and economic networks. He now works in Egypt on the submerged Iron Age/Hellenistic port of Thonis-Heracleion, the trading gateway to Egypt from the west, where he is excavating a ship dating to the 5th century BC.