Summer Courts
Graduate Student
Department of Classics, University of Reading

[Areas of interest]

I am a CDA Scholar with the South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, undertaking a PhD at the University of Reading and Cranfield University. I am particularly interested in the lived experiences of people in the past. My work emphasises the role that material culture, coupled with textual sources, can play in informing us about everyday life in the Roman and post-Roman world.


[My responsibility in the Lowbury Hill project]

My research seeks to provide the first holistic assessment of Lowbury Hill in its archaeological setting. I am re-evaluating Lowbury Hill and its significance through time by examining the site and its surrounding landscape as well as the material culture and human remains found there. This project will allow us to understand how Lowbury Hill was used by past communities, and why they felt it was an appropriate place to bury their dead.



I have wide ranging and diverse research interests, which attracted me to undertake this interdisciplinary research project. I hold a first degree in English and History from Royal Holloway, University of London, an MSt in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Human Osteology from the University of Edinburgh. I have excavated in Wales, England, Italy and Spain and I am the resident osteologist for the Late Antique Jarash Project (Jordan). I have also published several articles on the history and archaeology of board games in the Roman world and will be doing more work in this area in future.

Awards and Honors

· April 2022 - ACOR (American Center of Research) Harrell Family Fellowship.

· March 2021 - South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 Studentship, AHRC

· September 2019 - Roman Finds Group Research Grant.

· August 2017 - Craven Committee Grant, University of Oxford

· May 2017 - Tessa Mortimer Wheeler Travel Grant, Society of Antiquaries of London.

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