Oxford Roman Economy Project University of Oxford

Katia Schörle


2008 - 2014

Dr Damian Robinson

Desert Strategies in the Roman Imperial period: the Eastern desert of Egypt, the Libyan Sahara and Palmyra

Project Description

Long distance trade, particular along the desert frontiers of the Roman empire (Sahara, Eastern Desert of Egypt); Lepcis Magna Coastal Survey; Brick stamps of the Tiber Valley area; Rome and Latium.


Katia Schörle holds a BA and MA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) after finishing her baccalaureate in France. She has worked as a curatorial assistant at the Chazen Museum of Art (University of Wisconsin, Madison) before working in Rome, Italy for ICCROM (Intergovernmental Organization for the preservation of cultural property). She pursued onto an M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology at Oxford (Roman Architecture, Roman Economy, Maritime Archaeology). She is currently working on a D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology on Desert Landscapes in the Roman empire, focusing on the Eastern desert of Egypt, the Libyan Sahara and the Tadmor desert (Palmyra). She has worked on several excavations in Israel (Tel Dor), in Rome and Ostia, excavations and surveys in Libya (Fezzan, Ghadames, Marmarica, Lepcis) and excavations in Egypt at Berenike, on the Ptolemaic and Roman harbour on the Red Sea, and within the harbour of Alexandria. Her interests range from the coast to the desert in terms of long-distance trade, but she also enjoys working on maritime villas, and brickstamps from Latium and the Tiber Valley.


Schörle, K. (forthcoming) Constructing Port Hierarchies. In D. Robinson and A. Wilson (eds.) Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean. Oxford.

Schörle, K. (forthcoming) From Harbour to Desert: an Integrated Interface on the Red Sea and its Impact on the Eastern Egyptian Deser Fasti Online publications.

Schörle, K. (forthcoming) Saharan trade in Classical Antiquity for Scheele, J. and McDougall, J. (eds.) Navigating northwest Africa. Frontiers of mobility in the Sahara. University of Indiana Press.

Schörle, K. (2010) Ancient Glass in the Chazen Museum of Art Chazen Bulletin 1997-2007.

Wilson, A. I., Schörle, K. and Rice, C. (forthcoming) Roman ports and Mediterranean connectivity in S. Keay and T. Gambin (eds) Port Networks in the Roman Mediterranean. Rome.

Mattingly, D., Abduli, H., Aburgheba, H., Ahmed, M., Esmaia, M.A.A., Baker, S., Cole, F., Fenwick, C., Gonzalez Rodriguez, M., Hobson, M., Khalaf, N., Lahr, M., Leitch, V., Moussa, F., Nikita, E., Parker, D., Radini, A., Ray, N., Savage, T., Sterry, M., Schörle, K., Veldhuis, D., Wilson, A. (2010) DMP IX: Summary report on the Fourth Season of Fieldwork of the Burials and Identity team. Libyan Studies 41: 89-104.

Wilson, A.I. and Schörle, K. (2009) A baker''s funerary relief from Rome Papers of the British School at Rome 77: 101-123.


Schörle, K. (October 2010) Roman Gold mining in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. At Conference on Mining and Metals in the Roman Empire, Oxford Roman Economy Project, Oxford

Schörle, K. (April 2010) Excavations and Surveys in Libya and Egypt, Pitt Rivers Symposium, Vardzia, Georgia

Schörle, K. (March 2010) The Industry of Luxury: Pearls, Power and Profit on the Red Sea. At the European Science Foundation''s Trade across Empires Conference, Fukuoka, Japan

Schörle, K. (March 2009) Glass in Imperial Roman Architecture: interior design, windows, comfort and modernity Ancient Architecture Seminar, Oxford, UK

Schörle, K. (September 2008) Constructing port hierarchies: harbours as indicators of global and local interconnectivity at Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean Conference, Madrid, Spain

Schörle, K. (September 2008) From harbour to desert: An economic integrated interface on the Red Sea and its impact on the Eastern Egyptian desert. AIAC, Rome, Italy

Schörle, K. (April 2008) Technological progress at the frontiers: mobility, exchange and innovation on the Indo-Roman trade route. Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual Conference, Oxford, UK

Schörle, K. (March 2008) La Mer Rouge en arrière-pensée : Interactions entre la Mediterranée, Mer Rouge et mondes au-delà  University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, France

Schörle, K. (March 2008) Conceptualizing Roman Ports Co-authoring with Andrew Wilson and Candace Rice. Port Networks in the Roman Mediterranean Conference, March 6-8 2008. British School at Rome, Italy

Schörle, K. (November 2007) Advances in the technology of Roman underground mining Oxford Roman Economy Project Graduate Conference, Oxford, UK

Schörle, K. (February 2006) Re-Assessing Urban Changes in the Roman Levant: The Case of Colonnaded Streets at the American Oriental Society of the Midwest 2006 Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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