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Victoria Szafara

Research Assistant

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History, School of

Email: vs210@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I am originally from the United States where I worked as a museum professional, mainly in museum education, in institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I also briefly acted as a guide for the historic Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. Upon completing my BA in 2017 I was the recipient of an Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship to work at the urban site of Caere (modern Cerveteri) as well as the Eta Sigma Phi scholarship to attend the American Academy in Rome Classical Summer School. I completed my MA in Archaeology at the University of Leicester, where I am also currently carrying out my doctoral research with a thesis on the Headstud-Trumpet brooch series in Roman Britain. My archaeological background includes fieldwork in England, Italy and Romania, and post-excavation experience with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services. When I'm not studying or working you can find me on the pitch playing midfield for the combined School-ULAS football team.

Additional information on me can be found on my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-szafara/

Research

I am the research assistant for the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Arch-I-Scan project, which aims to develop an artificial intelligence pottery-recognition software to automatically identify and record Roman ceramic remains. My primary responsibilities on the project team include data recording, recruiting and supervising volunteers, organising outreach activities, collating impact evidence, and managing the project’s website (https://archiscannews.com/) and social media channels. I also provide administrative support for other project members in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, as well as facilitate collaboration with project partners including the Museum of London, Museum of London Archaeology, Vindolanda Trust, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, and University of Leicester Archaeological Services.

Publications

(0) Szafara, V. 2019. The brooches of the Noel Spurway Collection: Glimpses into Antique and Antiquarian Leicester. Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society 93: 49-77.

Interests

Roman provincial archaeology; artefact studies; small finds; frontier studies; concepts of ethnicity and identity; history of antiquities collecting; museum studies; cultural heritage presentation and preservation; outreach and education

Qualifications

BA: Art History, and Greek and Roman Classics, Temple University (Philadelphia USA)

MA: Archaeology, University of Leicester

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