Posted on 24/03/2014
Congratulations to Duncan Aldis - The Archaeology Committee has awarded the Roman Society's BA Undergraduate Dissertation Prize to Duncan. Duncan is currently working towards his MA in Classical Art and Archaeology. The prize will be presented by Professor Dominic Rathbone (President of the Roman Society) at the RAC Conference in Reading on the 27th March (picture to follow). The prize is a year's membership to the Roman Society and subscription to Britannia, free entrance to the conference and £250. Duncan is still in a state of shock and denial about the whole thing and comments as follows, "It was Professor Claridge's idea to submit the essay as I had no idea of its existence and I didn't really understand what it was. I was massively flattered that she thought it was worth putting forward but I didn't really take its chances too seriously, so you can imagine how shocked I was when I received the email to say it had been successful." Duncan's dissertation was about Roman chariot racing, specifically what we can tell about racing tactics and charioteers' techniques from ancient archaeological and written sources, supported by reference to modern types of racing, both motor and equine. The Department is thrilled at Duncan's success and wishes him a great evening on the 27th.