Dr Tamara Lewit (Commonwealth Scholar, PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University of London, 1989) has been elected as the 50th Australasian Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an archaeological and historical society of approximately 2,500 international Fellows.

During her Commonwealth Scholarship, Tamara completed a doctorate on the economy of the Later Roman Empire. Her PhD was published as ‘Villas, Farms and the Late Roman Rural Economy (third to fifth centuries AD)’ (Oxford 1991/2004), and was cited in the Cambridge Ancient History volumes XIII (1998) and XIV (2000).

Since 1989, Tamara has continued to research on the rural economy and particularly farming in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. She is currently engaged in analysis of the production and trade of fine pottery alongside agricultural goods.

She is part of a team of colleagues from the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne who have been awarded one of less than 150 Australian Research Council Discovery Grants in the Humanities and Creative Arts for 2010, and will be researching the Aegean region in Late Antiquity as part of a project entitled ‘The silent wilderness speaks: the long history of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles’.

Tamara works as Subject Leader of History of Ideas in a Foundation Studies course for international students at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.