Department of Ancient History

Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark


Jaye McKenzie-Clark is an Early Career Fellow in the Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Arts, a position awarded in July 2013. Her doctoral studies at Macquarie University, under the supervision of Dr Rosalinde Kearsley and Associate Professor Thomas Hillard, examined ceramics from the Roman site of Pompeii, Italy (A Reconsideration of Red Slip Tableware at Pompeii).

Prior to academic studies Jaye was a commercial potter (1980-2000) and as a result possesses a comprehensive practical understanding of all aspects of ceramic manufacture. She has over 15 years practical experience working in archaeological sites in Italy and Greece, and is knowledgeable in the implementation of modern archaeological excavation, recording and analysis techniques.

Jaye is fully conversant with the identification, classification and examination of archaeological material, especially ceramics. These skills were developed while conducting research at the Applied Science Laboratory at Pompeii (2005-8), the Science Laboratory of the British Museum (2008) and the Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University (2007). Jaye is also trained in the use of 3D Laser scanning equipment, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University (2011-13). She is knowledgeable in the use of CT scanners (DECT and Cone Beam CT) and trained in processing and analysis of the resulting scan data (Macquarie Medical Imaging 2013). Other specific archaeological skill sets include:

  • Archaeological excavation
  • Analysis of architectural remains
  • Total station survey
  • Recovery and conservation of artefacts
  • Archaeological database construction and management
  • Recovery and conservation of ecological material
  • Archaeological illustration

Current Projects

Non-Destructive Analysis of Ancient Artefacts

Over the last two years, Jaye has developed on-going research collaboration with Professor John Magnussen from the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. Together they have pioneered the use of Dual Energy Computed Tomography (DECT) to analyse the composition of ancient artefacts, in the first instance, ceramics from Pompeii. In contrast to traditional analytical techniques, DECT is totally non-destructive, an important factor when investigating valuable and irreplaceable ancient artefacts.

In addition they have employed high resolution Cone Beam Computed Tomography to reveal writing hidden within envelope cuneiform tablets, text that has been unread for over 3,500 years.

3D Printing

Professor Magnussen and Jaye have also investigated the use of CT and 3D Laser printing to create accurate replicas of ancient artefacts for use in educational programs. To this end two Gallic Sigillata bowls and two cuneiform tablets have been printed to illustrate the value of this technique.

Carsulae Potters' Stamp Project

Currently Jaye is working on the analysis of an assemblage of stamped Italian Sigillata pottery from the ancient Roman site of Carsulae. This work is using DECT scanning and traditional theoretical analysis to identify the provenance of the pottery.


  • 2013  Early Career Fellowship, Macquarie University
  • 2012  The Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship 
  • 2012 Macquarie Gale Graeco-Roman Travelling Fellowship   
  • 2009-2010 Macquarie University Ancient History Rundle Fellowship
  • 2007-2008 The Macquarie Gale Roman Scholarship 


  • 2013     Teaching Delivery Grant (team member)  3D Digital Imaging of AHIS140: Myth in the Ancient World
  • 2013     Teaching Equipment Grant (with Professor J. Magnussen) Digitisation, 3D modelling of small objects of antiquity                        
  • 2013     ISP Innovation and Scholarship Program: (with Professor  J. Magnussen) 3D printing of artefacts for preservation, analysis and interaction                                  
  • 2011     Researech Infrastructure Block Grant  (team member)  The Macquarie University Archaeological Fieldwork Laboratory (MQAFL): Phase 1                                                           

Select Publications


McKenzie-Clark, J. 2012. Vesuvian Sigillata at Pompeii. Archaeological Monographs British School at Rome:20. British School at Rome, London.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • McKenzie-Clark, J. and J. Magnussen, 2013. Dual Energy Computed Tomography for the non-destructive analysis of ancient ceramics, Archaeometry. Article published online:


  • McKenzie-Clark, J. 2012.The supply of Campanian-made Sigillata to Pompeii. Archaeometry 54.5: 796-820.
  • McKenzie-Clark, J. 2009. Ceramic Production in Campania: the supply and distribution of red slip tableware to Pompeii and beyond. Papers of the British School at Rome 77:309-310.
  • McKenzie-Clark, J. 2008. Cities of Vesuvius Conservation and Management Issues. Teaching History, 42.4: 4-7.      


In Press

Simpson, A. Hammond, G. and J. McKenzie-Clark 2013.Museum literacy that is virtually engaging, University Museums and Collections Journal 6. (accepted  21/1/2013)