Ellen Swift talks about what got her into the Romans, what she originally went to university to study before switching to archaeology, and what effect her hobbies have on her research (or the other way around). We discuss her most recent project with the Petrie Museum, which involves looking at objects from Roman Egypt and recreating (/playing) ancient instruments, while we also ponder what effect a religious background can have on research choices, the benefits of experimental archaeology, and what our ancient Egyptian Beatles tribute band would be called.
Ellen Swift is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Kent. For more info about Ellen's current project: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/
Theme tune: 'La Calahorra' by Rolemusic (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/~/calahorra)