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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, as well as a member of the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions. 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 Near 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.

Keywords

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Near East
  • Archaeology and history of early Judaism
  • Archaeology of ritual and religion
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Synagogue studies
  • Water architecture
  • Antiquities trafficking

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

Publications 2008 2019

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/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

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

Bonnie, R. G. L. M., 5 Mar 2019, (Submitted) The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends. Bonnie, R., Hakola, R. & Tervahauta, U. (eds.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 22 p. (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism).

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

Monumentality and Space: Experiencing Synagogue Buildings in Late Second Temple Palestine

Bonnie, R. G. L. M., 12 Mar 2019, (Submitted) Scriptures in the Making: Texts and Their Transmission in Late Second Temple Judaism. Hakola, R., Orpana, J. & Huotari, P. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology).

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

The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends

Bonnie, R. G. L. M. (ed.), Hakola, R. T. (ed.) & Tervahauta-Helin, U. K. (ed.), 5 Mar 2019, (Submitted) Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 406 p. (Text and Studies in Ancient Judaism)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends

Hakola, R. T., Bonnie, R. G. L. M. & Tervahauta-Helin, U. K., 5 Mar 2019, (Submitted) The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends. Bonnie, R., Hakola, R. & Tervahauta, U. (eds.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 30 p. (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism).

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

Projects 2014 2025

Datasets

Activities 2014 2019

The Persian Empire, the Social Sciences, and Ancient Historiography

Rick Bonnie (Speaker: Chair)
12 Jan 2019

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

Ancient Near Eastern Empires: Exploring the long-term regional impact of Empires upon fringe zone communities in the first millennium BCE

Antti Aleksanteri Lahelma (Speaker), Marta Lorenzon (Speaker), Rick Gerard Lorenz Maria Bonnie (Speaker), Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä (Speaker), Paula Anneli Kouki (Speaker), Päivi Hannele Miettunen (Speaker), Suzanne Elizabeth Thomas (Speaker)
23 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Collaborating at Home and Abroad: Using Museum Exhibitions to Engage With Local and Refugee Communities

Suzanne Elizabeth Thomas (Speaker), Rick Bonnie (Speaker)
23 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Finland in the Global Antiquities Trade: Problems and Prospects

Rick Bonnie (Speaker)
8 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Experiencing Jewish Ritual Bathing Practices in Early Roman Palestine

Rick Bonnie (Speaker)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk