Dr. Elizabeth A. Murphy



Since 2017 Postdoctoral Associate, Archaeology of Premodern Economies (Research Training Group 1878), University of Bonn and University of Cologne
2016-2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University
2014-2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
2014-2016 Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, New York University


2008-2014 Ph.D., Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Dissertation: Roman Workplaces, Work Practices, and Working Lives. A Socio-Economic Study of Ceramic Production in the Eastern Mediterranean
2006-2007 M.A., Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Leuven, Belgium
First in Class, Summa cum laude
1999-2004 B.A., Anthropology, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
Concentration in Classical Studies, Minor in Italian Language and Literature
Summa cum laude

 Research Interests

  • Roman Work and Labour
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Ancient Technology
  • Craft Production and Workshop Studies
  • Military Archaeology
  • Social Theory

 Current Research Projects


Since 2017 Roman Manufacturing and Trade in the Eastern Provinces: A Comparative Spatial Analysis
Evaluating Models of ‘Periurban Industrial Quarters’ and ‘Urban Neighborhood Stores’;
Postdoctoral Research Associate, RTG 1878
Since 2016 Landscape Archaeology of Southwest Sardinia Project (Italy)
Co-Director: LASS Project
Area Specialist: Roman and Medieval Periods
Since 2007 Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project (SW Turkey)
Coroplast Workshop Complex

Selected Publications

For complete bibliography, see https://uni-bonn.academia.edu/ElizabethMurphy

Journal Articles

  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. and Jeroen Poblome 2017. From Formal to Technical Styles: Production challenges and economic implications of changing tableware styles in Roman Imperial to Late Antique manufacturing waste. American Journal of Archaeology 121(1) 61-84.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A and Jeroen Poblome 2016. A Late Antique Ceramic Workshop Complex: Evidence for workshop organisation at Sagalassos (southwest Turkey). Anatolian Studies 66: 185-99.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. 2015. Socially Embedded Work Practices and Production Organization: Beyond industry lines. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 28(2): 221-39.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. and Jeroen Poblome 2012. Technical and Social Considerations of Tools from Roman-Period Ceramic Workshops at Sagalassos (Southwest Turkey): Not just tools of the trade? Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 25(2): 197-217.

 Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings

  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. and Jeroen Poblome. Forthcoming. Intramuros: Cross-industry practices and networks in 6th-century Sagalassos, Social and Spatial Urban Networks. R. Raja and S. Sindbæk, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Thomas P. Leppard and Elizabeth A. Murphy. Forthcoming. Beyond “New Materialism         versus Determinism”: The archipelagic turn from an archaeological perspective. In:               Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations. M. Stephens and Y. Martínez San-Miguel (eds.)
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. and Jeroen Poblome. In Press, 2017. Defining Production: Opportunities and challenges of comparative workshop studies. Roman Ceramic and Glass Manufactures. Production and Trade in the Adriatic Region, Proceeding of the 3rd International Archaeological Colloquy, Crikvenica, 4-5 November 2014. G. Lipovac-Vrkljan and A. Konestra (eds.). Zagreb: Zagreb Institute of Archaeology.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. In Press, 2017. Chapter 6: Rethinking Standardization and Skill in Late Antique Sagalassos Ceramic Production: Improvisation and fluidity. Rethinking Artefacts in Roman Archaeology: Beyond Representation. M. Pitts and A. Van Oyen (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A.  2016. Roman Workers and Their Workplaces: Some archaeological thoughts on the organization of workshop labor. Work, Labor, and Professions in the Roman World. K. Verboven and C. Laes (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 133-47.
  • Murphy, Elizabeth A. and Jeroen Poblome 2011. Producing pottery vs. producing models: interpreting workshop organization at the Potters’ Quarter of Sagalassos. Conference Proceedings of Pottery in the Archaeological Record: A View from the Greek World. Danish School at Athens. 20-21, June, 2008, M. Lawall and J. Lund (eds.), 29-36.


Current Project

Roman Manufacturing and Trade in the Eastern Provinces: A Comparative Spatial Analysis Evaluating Models of ‘Periurban Industrial Quarters’ and ‘Urban Neighborhood Stores’