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Tatiana Ivleva


Dr. T.A. Ivleva
+31 71 527 1626


Dr Tatiana Ivleva is a Roman provincial archaeologist with specialism in the archaeology of portable material culture, in particular personal adornments, and long-standing interest in Roman frontiers and Roman frontier communities. Her main research interests also encompass visual representations and perceptions of identity in antiquity, archaeological methods and theories, especially the theory of cultural biographies of artefacts and images, and gender studies.

Curriculum vitae

Tatiana studied Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology in Leiden, where she defended her PhD thesis in 2012 on the subject of “Britons Abroad: The Mobility of Britons and the Circulation of British-made Objects in the Roman Empire”. It explored the visual representation and perception of identity in migrant and diasporic communities by employing as a case study the occurrence of British-born people and the circulation of British-made brooches in continental Europe.

Prior to her current post at Leiden University, she was a research fellow at the Berliner Antike Kolleg (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany); Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik (Munich, Germany); and Leiden Institute for Area Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands).

In 2015 Tatiana has received a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from European Commission under Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation (grant agreement number 657309). This two-year postdoctoral fellowship was awarded for the project ‘GLOBALGLASS: Glass Adornments Event Horizon in the Late Iron Age and Roman Period Frontiers (100 BC – AD 250)’. The project was multidisciplinary comparative research on the cross-cultural consumption of personal adornments, known as glass bracelets, used by the inhabitants of the European northwest in the Late Iron Age to Roman period, c. 100 B.C. - A.D. 250. The project investigated the mobility of materials, artefacts and craftspeople, and reconstructed the role of glass bangles in identity formation in the European northwest over the course of six centuries. The interdisciplinary aspect also included the scientific analyses of glass fragments to determine the origin of glass and experimental work with experie nced glass artisans to determined bangles’ manufacturing technique.

In addition, Tatiana’s further research includes how Roman sexualities and genders in the provinces and frontiers differed from that of the Mediterranean basin, and the unrecognised multivocal role of hand gestures and gestural combinations in the funerary art of two Roman provinces Noricum and Pannonia (modern-day Austria and Hungary).

Her research has been further supported by grants awarded by the Ernst-Kirsten Internationale Gesselschaft für Historische Geographie der Alten Welt (Stuttgart, Germany), Gerda Henkel Foundation; Excellence Cluster Topoi (Berlin, Germany); the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC); DELTA (Dutch education: Learning at the top level abroad; and Roman Finds Group (UK.


  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Provincial Roman & Medieval Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden



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