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Anna Walas

Faculty Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer / AHRC City of Caves Community Archaeology Liaison Officer / and Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham as a Faculty of Arts Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer in 2017. I oversee and provide advice on knowledge exchange, research impact and public engagement within the Faculty of Arts. My areas of specialism include heritage and place-based KE, community engagement in research and collaborations with galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM sector). I am the curator of the Nottingham Being Human Festival hub and event series. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Classics and Archeology and I am currently the Community Archeology Liaison Officer as part of the AHRC Nottingham City of Caves project, led by Dr. King.

Born in Poland, I completed my first degree in Archaeology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and then received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Roman Archaeology and a PhD in Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester. During my PhD, I taught fieldwork and and acted as the finds officer during University of Leicester student excavation of the Iron Age hill fort of Burrough Hill. I worked at the University of Leicester first as a Graduate Teaching Associate teaching Roman archeology and archeological theory. Later, I worked in the area of schools engagement activities with Humanities disciplines and taught A Level Summer Schools in Archeology for Widening Participation students, before joining the University of Nottingham.

Since 2019, I am the Deputy Director of the Honor Frost Foundation, British Academy (as a Co-I) and the Levantis Foundation funded Ancient Akrotiri Project, which through fieldwork aims to better understand the maritime history of the Akrotiri peninsula in the Imperial and Byzantine periods. My work involves heading up the community engagement work, working across the RAF military, local Cypriot and ex-pat communities in the area. In 2017, AAP was the runner up for Ministry of Defence's Sanctuary Award in the Heritage category.

Since 2020, I am the invited editor of two new discoveries sections for the journal Britannia, covering the areas of Hadrian's Wall and Northern England. Since 2022, I am the chair of Theoretical Roman Archeology Conference. As of 2019, I am also a member of the Bratislava Group, an advisory body to the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site serial property. Within it, I am also an academic adviser for the MENA working group, concerned with the support for the preparation of nomination dossiers from the North African frontier regions.

Expertise Summary

Knowledge Exchange

Partnership building within GLAM and community sectors

Evaluating Research Impact

Roman Frontiers in North Africa

Community engagement with heritage

Recent Publications

  • WALAS, A. and JONES, R., 2023. Feminists At the Gates: Feminist Approaches to Roman Frontiers. In: Proceedeings of the XXV Congress of Roman Frontier Studies, Nijmegen (2022) (In Press.)
  • 2023. Roman Britain in 2022: 3. Hadrian’s Wall Britannia. Britannia. 54, (In Press.)
  • 2023. Roman Britain in 2022. 4. Northern England Britannia. 54, (In Press.)
  • WALAS, A., 2022. Roman Britain in 2021: 3. Hadrian’s Wall Britannia. 53, 410 - 420
  • WALAS, A. and JONES, R., 2023. Feminists At the Gates: Feminist Approaches to Roman Frontiers. In: Proceedeings of the XXV Congress of Roman Frontier Studies, Nijmegen (2022) (In Press.)
  • 2023. Roman Britain in 2022: 3. Hadrian’s Wall Britannia. Britannia. 54, (In Press.)
  • 2023. Roman Britain in 2022. 4. Northern England Britannia. 54, (In Press.)
  • WALAS, A., 2022. Roman Britain in 2021: 3. Hadrian’s Wall Britannia. 53, 410 - 420
  • WALAS, A., 2022. Roman Britain in 2021. 4. Northern England Britannia. 53, 421 - 440
  • WALAS, A., 2022. New Perspectives on the Roman Military Base at Bu Njem, Libya Libyan Studies. 53, 48 -60
  • JAMES, S., CLARK D. and WALAS, A., 2022. Akrotiri-Kato Katalymata & Akrotiri-Pano Katalymata Trial excavations, April 2022 Interim Report. University of Leicester Archaeological Services, Leicester.
  • WALAS, A., 2021. Roman Britain in 2020: 3. Hadrian’s Wall Britannia. 52, 395-396
  • WALAS, A., 2021. Roman Britain in 2020: 4. Northern England Britannia. 52, 397-407
  • WALAS, A., 2021. In this together: developing meaningful community engagement. Times Higher Education Online.
  • WALAS, A., 2020. A Frontier for 21st century: Rome’s African borders revisited Journal of Roman Archaeology. 33, 788 - 794
  • JAMES, S. and SCORE, V., 2017. Ancient Akrotiri Project, Cyprus Dreamer’s Bay (Nisarouin) Excavation & Survey, 2017 Interim Reportwith contributions by: Lucy Blue, Ferréol Salomon, Anna Walas & Mireya González Rodríguez
  • WALAS, A., 2016. ‘Spatial Culture’ of an institution: Preliminary thoughts on Roman military bases. In: Spatial Cultures: Towards a New Social Morphology of Cities, Past, Present and Future Routledge. 32-42
  • WALAS, A., 2015. An Integrated Cognitive and Epigraphic Approach to Social Networks within the Community of a Roman Military Base Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal. 2014, 17-30
  • WALAS, A., 2014. Contextualizing Roman military spaces: Case studies from Flavian Scotland. In: JANKOVIC, M., MIHAJLOVIC, V. AND A. BABIC, ed., Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World Cambridge Scholars Press.

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