Simon Barker

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Academic interests

Since completing my doctorate, my research has primarily been concerned with exploring on an empire-wide scale Late Antique spolia practices (that is the visible employment of older material). My research in this area has been wide ranging and covers theoretical approaches to the economics of ancient recycling, the trade in recycled materials, legal texts regarding demolition, and new forms of sculptural recycling. The practice of re-carving is essential to our understanding of sculptural production in the Roman period. Although portrait heads provide some of the most compelling evidence for re-carving, Romans re-used both figural and architectural marble sculpture in vast quantities and for a variety of purposes. 

I will continue to develop my research examining the transition from imperial to Late Antique recycling practices. Spolia was used in all types of monuments, including churches and city-walls, during Late Antiquity, changing the appearance of the ancient city and indicating a change in the relationship between builders and the urban fabric. My project will analyse the re-use of architectural elements, statues and bases from selected cities across the Empire. It will provide a systematic assessment of a practice that was of crucial importance for the visual and physical definition of Late Antique cities and was a distinct material culture from that of the Classical period.

Teaching

I will contribute to teaching the following courses at the Norwegian Institute in Rome:

Background

I have a doctorate in Roman Archaeology from the University of Oxford (2014), and have worked on fieldwork projects in the UK and in Italy at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae,

Ostia and the Palatine in Rome. I have previous worked at research institutions in England, Italy, France and Germany:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Experiences Research Fellow at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2017-2018)
  • Associate lectureship in Roman Archaeology at Birbeck, University of London (2016 and 2015)
  • Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture at the British School at Rome, working on sculptural production and re-carving practices in Rome and Italy 1th to 5th century AD (2016)
  • Fernand Braudel IFER Fellowchip at the Centre Camille Jullian at the Université d'Aix-Marseile, working on Roman sculptural recycling in the Western Provinces (2015-2016).

Membership

Member of the Circolo Gianicolense - a research network in the Gianicolo area of Rome.

 

Emneord: Archeology, Antiquity

Publikasjoner

  • Barker, Simon; Coombe, Penny & Perna, Simona (2018). Re-use of Roman stone in London City-walls, In Catherine Coquelet; Guido Creemers; Roland Dreesen & Eric Goemaere (ed.),  Roman ornamental stones in North-Western Europe. Natural resources, manufacturing, supply, life & after-life.  Service public de Walloine.  ISBN 9782390380054.  Article.  s 327 - 348
  • Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2018). Recent work on the stone décor at the Villa Arianna and the Villa San Marco (Castellammare di Stabia) and their context within the Vesuvian area, In Daniela Matetić Poljak & Katja Marasović (ed.),  Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stones. Proceedingss of the XI ASMOSIA International Conference, Split 2015.  Arts Academy in Split.  ISBN 978-953-6617-49-4.  Article.  s 65 - 78
  • Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2018). Alabaster: Quarrying and Trade in the Roman World. Evidence from Pompeii and Herculaneum, In Daniela Matetić Poljak & Katja Marasović (ed.),  Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stones. Proceedingss of the XI ASMOSIA International Conference, Split 2015.  Arts Academy in Split.  ISBN 978-953-6617-49-4.  Article.  s 45 - 64
  • Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2018). Imitation alabaster: varieties and symbolism in Roman paintings. Pictores per provincias II - status quaestionis. Actes du 13e Colloque de l'Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique (AIPMA), Université de Lausanne, 12-16 septembre 2016.  ISSN 0259-658X.  55, s 405- 412
  • Barker, Simon; Perna, Simona; Fant, Clayton; Lazzarini, Lorenzo & Villa, Igor (2018). Archaeometric analysis of the alabaster thresholds of Villa A, Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy) and new Sr and Pb isotopic data for alabastro ghiaccione del Circeo, In Daniela Matetić Poljak & Katja Marasović (ed.),  Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stones. Proceedingss of the XI ASMOSIA International Conference, Split 2015.  Arts Academy in Split.  ISBN 978-953-6617-49-4.  Article.  s 215 - 230
  • Barker, Simon; Russell, Ben & Amiet, Brittany (2018). The marble-clad bars of Ostia Antica. FORUM ROMANUM BELGICUM.  ISSN 2295-9432.  15
  • Barker, Simon & Marano, Yuri (2017). Demolition laws in an archaeological context. Legislation and architectural re-use in the Roman building industry, In Patrizio Pensabene; Marina Milella & Francesca Caprioli (ed.),  Decor. Decorazione e architettura nel mondo romano. Atti del convegno internazionale, Roma, 21-24 maggio 2014..  Edizioni Quasar.  ISBN 978-88-7140-754-8.  Article.  s 833 - 850
  • Perna, Simona & Barker, Simon (2017). I rivestimenti pavimentali di Pompei ed Ercolano e l’uso dell’alabastro in epoca Romana (II SEC. A.C. – I SEC. D.C.): nuove indagini, I: Claudia Angelelli; Daniela Massara & Andrea Paribeni (red.),  Atti del XXII Colloquio dell’Associazione Italiana per lo Studio e la Conservazione del Mosaico (Matera, 16-19 marzo 2016).  Scripta.  ISBN 978-88-909657-7-7.  Article.  s 73 - 82
  • Barker, Simon (2016). Appendix. Calculating the manpower for the marble decor of the Villa, In Elaine Gazda & John Clarke (ed.),  Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Exhibition Catalogue.  Kelsey Museum Publications.  ISBN 9780990662341.  Appendix to Chapter 12.  s 133 - 135
  • Barker, Simon (2016). Reconstructing Marble Floors and Paneled Walls in the East Wing of Villa A, In Elaine Gazda & John Clarke (ed.),  Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Exhibition Catalogue.  Kelsey Museum Publications.  ISBN 9780990662341.  Chapter 11.  s 119 - 125
  • Fant, Clayton & Barker, Simon (2016). The Cost of Luxury: Procurement and Labor for the Marble Decor of Villa A, In Elaine Gazda & John Clarke (ed.),  Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Exhibition Catalogue.  Kelsey Museum Publications.  ISBN 9780990662341.  Chapter 12.  s 126 - 132
  • Gardelli, Paolo; Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2016). Resti pavimentali in opus sectile nel tepidarium e nel caldarium di villa arianna a Stabaie, I: Claudia Angelelli; Daniela Massara & Francesca Sposito (red.),  XXI Colloquio dell’Associazione Italiana per lo Studio e la Conservazione del Mosaico (Reggio Emilia, 18-21 marzo 2015).  Scripta.  ISBN 978-88-909657-2-2.  Article.  s 439 - 449
  • Barker, Simon & Clarke, John (2015). Evidence for Wooden Wall Revetment and Marble Decoration in Diaeta 78 at Villa A (“of Poppaea”) at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy), In Giordana Trovabene (ed.),  Atti del XII Colloquio AIEMA (Association Internationale pour l’Ètude de la Mosaïque Antique), Venice, 11-15 September 2012.  Scripta.  ISBN 9788898877492.  Article.  s 501 - 504
  • Barker, Simon & Ward, Courtney (2015). Roman stone-carvers and re-carving: ingenuity in recycling, In Eleonora Gasparini & Patrizio Pensabene (ed.),  Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone. ASMOSIA X. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of ASMOSIA Association for the Study of Marble & Other Stones in Antiquity Rome, 21-26 May 2012.  L'Erma di Bretschneider.  ISBN 9788891307705.  Article.  s 765 - 778
  • Fant, Clayton & Barker, Simon (2015). Stone in the decorative programs of Villa A (so-called Villa of Poppaea) at Oplontis, In Eleonora Gasparini & Patrizio Pensabene (ed.),  Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone. ASMOSIA X. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of ASMOSIA Association for the Study of Marble & Other Stones in Antiquity Rome, 21-26 May 2012.  L'Erma di Bretschneider.  ISBN 9788891307705.  Article.  s 977 - 986
  • Fant, Clayton & Barker, Simon (2014). The marble décor of Villa A (“of Poppaea) at Oplontis, In José María Álvarez Martínez; Trinidad Nogales Basarrate & Isabel Rodà (ed.),  CIAC: XVIII Congreso Internacional de Arqueología Clásica: centro y periferia en el mundo clásico = XVIIIth International Congress of Classical Archaeology: centre and periphery in the ancient world.  Museo Nacional de Arte Romano.  ISBN 9788461736973.  Chapter.  s 1073 - 1076
  • Barker, Simon; Fant, Clayton & Ward, Courtney (2013). Relazione preliminare sulla decorazione marmorea a Villa Arianna e San Marco, Stabiae. Rivista di studi Pompeiani.  ISSN 1120-3579.  24, s 124- 134
  • Barker, Simon; Fant, Clayton; Ward, Courtney & Amiet, Brittany (2013). The Marmo al Mare Project 2013. Marble décor at the Roman Villas of Stabiae. FOLD&R: the Journal of Fasti On Line.  ISSN 1828-3179.  298
  • Fant, Clayton; Russell, Ben & Barker, Simon (2013). Sub-elite marble use and re-use at Pompeii and Herculaneum: the evidence from the bars. Papers of The British School at Rome.  ISSN 0068-2462.  81, s 181- 209 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068246213000081
  • Barker, Simon (2012). Marble salvaging during the Roman period, In Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-Moreno; María Pilar Lapuente Mercadal & Isabel Rodà (ed.),  Interdisciplinary studies on ancient stone : proceedings of the IX Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity, ASMOSIA, Tarragona 2009.  Instituto Catalán de Arqueología Clásica.  ISBN 9788493903381.  Chapter.  s 22 - 30
  • Barker, Simon (2012). The marble pavements and wall revetment of Diaeta 78, Villa A, Oplontis. Musiva et sectilia. International Journal for the Study of Ancient Pavements and Wall Revetments.  ISSN 1724-9104.  9, s 15- 60 . doi: DOI: 10.1400/233005
  • Barker, Simon & Russell, Ben (2012). Labour figures for Roman stone-working: Pitfalls and potential, In Stefano Camporeale; Hélène Dessales & Antonio Pizzo (ed.),  Archeologia della costruzione III, Les chantiers de construction de l’Italie et des provinces romaines.  Departamento de Publicaciones, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).  ISBN 9788400095017.  Chapter.  s 83 - 94
  • Barker, Simon (2011). 19th century labour figures for demolition: A theoretical approach to understanding the economics of reuse, In Dragana Mladenovic & Ben Russell (ed.),  TRAC 2010: Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference.  Oxbow Books.  ISBN 9781842174524.  Chapter 7.  s 89 - 101
  • Barker, Simon (2010). Roman builders – pillagers or salvagers? : the economics of deconstruction and reuse, In Stefano Camporeale; Hélène Dessales & Antonio Pizzo (ed.),  Arqueología de la Construcción II: Los processos constructivos en el mundo romano: Italia y provincias occidentales.  Departamento de Publicaciones, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).  ISBN 978-84-00-09279-5.  Article.  s 127 - 142

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  • Barker, Simon (2019). Marble and the Vesuvian cities: approaching marble decoration on a citywide scale.
  • Barker, Simon (2019). Recycling in Late Antique houses and villas in the western provinces.
  • Barker, Simon (2019). The Recycled Statue in Late Antiquity.
  • Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2019). Uses and Symbolism of Alabaster from Antiquity to the Renaissance.
  • Prochaska, Walter; Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2019). Fluid Analysis and ICP-MS Analysis for determining Alabaster Provenance.
  • Villa, Igor; Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2019). Ancient Alabaster, New Provenance Methods and Quarry Data.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). A new methodology for recording pavements with marble inserts in the Bay of Naples.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). BUILDING WITH RE-USED MATERIAL - (J.M.) Frey Spolia in Fortifications and the Common Builder in Late Antiquity. (Mnemosyne Supplements 389.) Pp. xii 222, ills, maps. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016. Cased, €93, US$120. ISBN: 978-90-04-28800-3.. The Classical Review.  ISSN 0009-840X.  68(1), s 245- 247 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X17001561
  • Barker, Simon (2018). Egyptian granites in and around Vesuvian cities.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). Historical sources and approaches to ancient labour costs. Vis sammendrag
  • Barker, Simon (2018). Recycling the Past in Late Antiquity. Vis sammendrag
  • Barker, Simon (2018). Re-use in Roman sculpture beyond re-worked portraits: other forms of re-carving and recycling.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). Roman sculptural recycling in the Western Provinces.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). The Marble Trade on the Bay of Naples in the first century AD.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). The Role of Recycling in Roman Construction.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). The Spolia Culture of Late Antiquity.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). The late Roman city wall of London in its British and Continental context.
  • Barker, Simon (2018). The recycling industry in Late Antiquity.
  • Barker, Simon & Russell, Ben (2018). Historical sources, labour figures and ancient stone working costs. Vis sammendrag
  • Barker, Simon & Taelman, Devi (2018). Painted Imitation Marble in the Context of the Marble Economy: The Examples from Pompeii (IT).
  • Barker, Simon; Taelman, Devi & Ward, Courtney (2018). Marble and movement: the spatial distribution of marble in insert pavements in the houses around vesuvius.
  • Barker, Simon (2017). Introduction to Votives in the Classical World.
  • Barker, Simon (2017). M. F. HANSEN , THE SPOLIA CHURCHES OF ROME: RECYCLING ANTIQUITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES (translated from the Danish by B. J. Haveland ). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2015. Pp. 255, illus. isbn 9788771242102. £25.00.. Journal of Roman Studies.  ISSN 0075-4358.  107, s 464- 465 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759400074961
  • Barker, Simon (2017). Marble pavements, paths and views: Villa A, Oplontis and other Vesuvian case studies.
  • Barker, Simon (2017). New perspectives on the afterlife of ancient sculpture - TROELS MYRUP KRISTENSEN and LEA STIRLING (edd.), THE AFTERLIFE OF GREEK AND ROMAN SCULPTURE (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 2016). Pp. vii 424, many figs. ISBN 978-0-472-11969-1. $85.. Journal of Roman Archaeology.  ISSN 0453-7580.  30, s 891- 894 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759400074961
  • Barker, Simon (2017). Recycling of statuary and spolia.
  • Barker, Simon (2017). The pre-life and after-life of Roman tombstones in the Provinces.
  • Barker, Simon; Coombe, Penny & Hayward, Kevin (2017). London's Roman defensive walls – material acquisition, supply and construction AD 200-400.
  • Barker, Simon; Perna, Simona & Ward, Courtney (2017). Marble networks: social interaction in houses at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Barker, Simon (2016). Architectural Components, Corinthian Capitals, Catalogue entries, In Elaine Gazda & John Clarke (ed.),  Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Exhibition Catalogue.  Kelsey Museum Publications.  ISBN 9780990662341.  Exhibition Catalogue entries.  s 180 - 181
  • Barker, Simon (2016). Beyond re-worked portraits: other forms of re-use and re-carving in Roman sculpture.
  • Barker, Simon (2016). Sculptural recycling in late antique Britain, Germany and Gaul within the context of empire-wide practices.
  • Barker, Simon; Coombe, Penny & Perna, Simona (2016). Re-use of Roman stone in London and the South-East.
  • Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2016). Imitation alabaster in Roman wall-painting: varieties and.
  • Barker, Simon & Taelman, Devi (2016). Painted marble at Pompeii in relation to the trade in real stones.
  • Fant, Clayton & Barker, Simon (2016). Weighty Choices: the selection of stone décor at Villa A.
  • Perna, Simona & Barker, Simon (2016). I rivestimenti pavimentali di Pompei ed Ercolano e l’uso dell’alabastro in epoca Romana: nuove indagini.
  • Barker, Simon (2015). Book Review, Ostia in Late Antiquity By Douglas Boin. Pp. 287, b&w figs. 57. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013. $99. ISBN 978-1-107-02401-4.. American Journal of Archaeology.  ISSN 0002-9114.  119(2) . doi: DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1192.Barker
  • Barker, Simon (2015). The marble trade at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2015). Marble in elite domestic décor: the decorative lithic programs of the Villa Arianna and Villa San Marco (Ancient Stabiae).
  • Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2015). The stone décor at the Villa Arianna and Villa San Marco (Castellammare di Stabiae).
  • Barker, Simon & Perna, Simona (2015). Alabaster: Quarrying and Trade in the Roman World. Evidence from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Barker, Simon; Perna, Simona; Fant, Clayton & Lazzarini, Lorenzo (2015). Archaeometric analysis of the alabaster thresholds of Villa A, Oplontis.
  • Gardelli, Paolo; Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2015). Resti pavimentali in opus sectile nel tepidarium e nel caldarium di villa arianna a stabaie.
  • Amiet, Brittany; Barker, Simon & Russell, Ben (2014). The marble-clad bars of Ostia Antica.
  • Barker, Simon (2014). Digital Strategies for the Preservation and Publication of Villa A (‘of Poppaea’) at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata).
  • Barker, Simon (2014). Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi (Panias) - ELISE FRIEDLAND , THE ROMAN MARBLE SCULPTURES FROM THE SANCTUARY OF PAN AT CAESAREA PHILIPPI/PANIAS (ISRAEL) (American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Reports no. 17; Boston, MA; distributed by ISD, Bristol, CT 06010). Pp. xiii 186, figs. 95, Tables 8. ISBN 978-0-89757-087-9. $89.95.. Journal of Roman Archaeology.  ISSN 0453-7580.  27, s 870- 874 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759414002104
  • Barker, Simon & Marano, Yuri (2014). Demolition laws in an archaeological context. Legislation and architectural re-use in the Roman building industry.
  • Barker, Simon (2013). Carving without quarrying: the art of recycling.
  • Barker, Simon & Fant, Clayton (2013). Oplontis Villa A: Decorative Lithic Programs at the Cutting Edge of Luxury.
  • Barker, Simon & Clarke, John (2012). Evidence for wooden revetment and lithic decoration in Diaeta 78 at Villa A (“of Poppaea”) at Torre Annunziata.
  • Barker, Simon & Ward, Courtney (2012). Ingenuity in Roman recycling: the transformation of marble objects through re-carving.
  • Fant, Clayton; Russell, Ben & Barker, Simon (2012). Sub-elite marble use and re-use at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Barker, Simon (2011). Rethinking concepts in spolia: re-use in Rome’s early and late imperial monuments.
  • Barker, Simon (2010). Salvage and Reuse in Roman Construction.
  • Barker, Simon (2010). Understanding the economics of second-hand building material: A theoretical approach.
  • Barker, Simon (2009). Roman Marble Salvaging.
  • Barker, Simon & Russell, Ben (2009). Stone-working in the Roman period: A comparative study of documentary.
  • Barker, Simon (2008). Roman builders – pillagers or salvagers? : the economics of deconstruction and reuse.

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