The Sanctuary Project |


This research programme asks how sanctuaries formed human experience and religious knowledge in the ancient world.

Specifically we aim is to establish conversations between a range of different disciplines including prehistoric and classical archaeology, social anthropology and ancient history, art history, Jewish and early Christian studies, and the history of religions.

We also aim to encourage young researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations and to familiarize themselves with other intellectual traditions. We therefore seek a double outcome:

  • A better, more rounded, set of understandings of the religious function of sanctuaries, especially in the classical world;
  • A cadre of young researchers more able to pursue and generate cross disciplinary investigations of this kind.