Sophie is a Byzantine Archaeologist and Lecturer in Archaeological Theory at Cardiff University. Her research is grounded in current movements in critical theory, particularly focusing on how the long-term nature of archaeology can contribute to posthumanism and the new materiality. Sophie’s research is based around asking how any single element of the past was experienced, with the intention of moving towards a model of History, Classics and Archaeology which is more inclusive and interdisciplinary than research which is driven by method or specialty alone. A phenomenological and relational approach to the past leads to the interrogation of particular moments and experiences. We can examine the assemblages of death and commemoration or liturgical singing through traces in texts, art, archaeology and architecture. This holistic approach to the material past is applied to the three core strands of her research; Late Antique and Byzantine mortuary practices (for example at Çatalhöyük), Late Antique experiences (making, image and sound), and the creation of archaeological knowledge and archives at Sagalassos.