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Marie-Louise Jahn Hansen

Marie-Louise Jahn Hansen

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Research topic: Roman and Hellenistic ceramics; networks

Marie-Louise was awarded with one of the two PlaCe short-term fellowships at the Cyprus Institute in spring 2024. She is a Ph.d.-fellow on the project Life at the Furnace: Copper smelting ecosystems in the north-western Troodos (LAF) granted by the Carlsberg Foundation. Her project studies ceramics from Soli excavated by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in 1927 and 1930-1 stored at Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm. 

Marie-Louise received her MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen in 2020. She has since worked as a technical drawer and with studying material from excavations in Greece. In autumn 2023, she taught a course on ceramology at the Master’s Program for Classical Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen. Besides her own project, Marie-Louise contributes to the publication of the pottery from the Roman bath in Kition. Furthermore, she is head of the find processing in LAF.

Her PhD-project with the initial working title Soli, a gateway community focuses on reintroducing Soli as a trading centre in Cyprus. In the last thirty years, several large-scale projects, such as the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project and the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, have contributed with knowledge of the copper-producing hinterlands of the northern Troodos. The invasion in 1974 prevented the natural and cultural extension of projects to the coast. With her project, she aims to provide insight into the connections between Soli, the hinterland and other central locations in and around Cyprus during the Roman period through studies of ceramics. She aims to create a typology in order to establish a more precise chronology for specific locally produced types by studying the coarse and cooking wares in their respective context. Previous research has tried to locate a local production of ceramics in Soli and extensive petrographic analyses of ceramics from Soli will greatly contribute to this discussion. The PlaCe short-term fellowship allows for such discussions of provenance, trade, and technological development.

Host organisation: STARC, The Cyprus Institute - PhD enrolment: University of Copenhagen


Profiles: Marie-Louise Jahn Hansen - Life at the Furnace: copper smelting ecosystems in the north-western Troodos (LAF) ( ; Life at the Furnace: copper smelting ecosystems in the north-western Troodos (LAF) – University of Copenhagen (

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