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Description of research and teaching

Rick Bonnie (PhD, University of Leuven) is a university researcher and vice-team leader (in team "Material Cultural and Community Heritage") in the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires. Furthermore, he currently leads a three-year project "Religious Responses to Climate Change in the Southern Levant," which studies the impact of past climatic changes on the rise and fall of Jewish ritual purification baths in Hasmonean-Roman Judaea.

Bonnie's research focuses primarily on the archaeology of the Greco-Roman Middle East with a special focus on urbanism, identity construction, materiality and ritualization. He has a keen interest in questions relating to how the Roman Empire created new dimensions of ‘cultural mobility’ and how this affected local cultural practices and self-representation in the empire. Bonnie also holds a research interest in community archaeology, heritage crime, and open science.

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Classical archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Archaeology of ritual and religion
  • Heritage crime
  • Community Archaeology
  • Water architecture

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2008 2020

The Helios-and-Zodiac Motif in Late Antique Synagogues

Bonnie, R., 17 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Bible and Magic. Nikki, N. & Valkama, K. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , (Mundus Orientis).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Bath/Mikveh

Bonnie, R., 2019, Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online. Hunter, D., van Geest, P. & Lietaert Peerbolte, B. J. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 10 p. (Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientific

File

Being Jewish in Galilee, 100–200 CE: An Archaeological Study

Bonnie, R. G. L. M., 2019, Turnhout: Brepols. 373 p. (Studies in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology; no. 11)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Hasmonean Memories and Hellenistic Building Traditions: The Appearance and Disappearance of Synagogue Buildings in the Late Second Temple Period

Bonnie, R. G. L. M., 18 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends. Bonnie, R., Hakola, R. & Tervahauta, U. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 22 p. (Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Miten historiaa tutkitaan? Lähdekritiikki historiantutkimuksessa

Mäkipelto, V. (ed.), Laine, L. (ed.), Nissinen, M., Lahelma, A., Saari, S., Bonnie, R. (ed.), Lorenzon, M. (ed.), Wallis, C. (ed.) & Rostedt, K. (ed.), 7 May 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsProfessional

Open Access

Projects 2014 2025

Datasets

Catalogue of Stepped Pools

Bonnie, R. (Creator), Zenodo, 1 Dec 2018

Dataset

Catalogue of Stone Vessels

Bonnie, R. (Creator), Zenodo, 1 Dec 2018

Dataset

Activities 2014 2020

Understanding the Rise and Fall of Jewish Ritual Purification Baths in the Hasmonean-Roman Period

Rick Bonnie (Speaker), Saimi Kristiina Kautonen (Speaker)
25 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Imperial Architecture in the Ancient Mediterranean and Middle East

Marta Lorenzon (Member of organizing committee), Rick Gerard Lorenz Maria Bonnie (Member of organizing committee), Antonio López García (Member of organizing committee), Samuli Kristian Simelius (Member of organizing committee)
29 Apr 201930 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The Concluding Meeting of the CSTT

Rick Bonnie (Attendee)
24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Experiencing Jewish Ritual Baths in Early Roman Palestine

Rick Bonnie (Speaker)
21 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Provenance Research

Rick Bonnie (Speaker)
10 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Tyhjenikö amme?

Rick Bonnie, Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä & Paula Kouki

01/04/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media