Ellen Swift

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Ellen Swift

Academic work
Sub-disciplineClassical archaeology
Main interests
  • Roman Britain Roman North-Western provinces, Roman Egypt
  • Roman jewellery and dress accessories, Roman and late antique artefacts

Ellen Swift FSA is a British archaeologist and reader at the University of Kent.[1][2]

Swift is a specialist in material culture studies of the Roman world, including dress accessories and functional artefacts including dice.[3][4] She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in October 2005.[2]


  • Swift, E. (2017). Roman Artefacts and Society: Design, Behaviour and Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Swift, E. (2009). Style and Function in Roman Decoration: Living with Objects and Interiors. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Swift, E. (2003). "Transformation in Meaning: Amber and Glass Beads Across the Roman Frontier", Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Canterbury 2002. 48–57.
  • Swift, E. (2000). Regionality in Dress Accessories in the Late Roman West. Montagnac: Editions Monique Mergoil.
  • Swift, E. (2000). The End of the Western Roman Empire: An Archaeological Investigation. Stroud: Tempus.


  1. ^ "Dr Ellen Swift FSA Reader in Archaeology". University of Kent. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Fellows directory: Dr Ellen Swift". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ Swift, E. (2008). Roman Dress Accessories. Shire Publications.
  4. ^ Greenword, V. (20 February 2018). "The Shape of Ancient Dice Suggests Shifting Beliefs in Fate and Chance". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 February 2018.

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