ICREA Research Professor
BA; Ph. D.
ICREA Research Professor, Miembro del ERAAUB, Secció de Prehistoria i Arqueologia, Dept. de Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona.
ICREA, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Passeig de Lluis Companys 23, Barcelona 08010
1977-1980 B.A. in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of London
1982-1991 Ph.D. in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Pottery and settlement in the Vinalopó Valley (Alicante, Spain): AD 400-700.
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The principal aim of my research is the study of the regional and inter-regional economies of the Classical to early Medieval Mediterranean (and related areas such as the Black Sea and Atlantic sites), in terms of production and networks of supply. This focuses on the long-distance movement of table-wares, amphorae and cooking wares, through the analysis of the regional distribution of ceramics on coastal sites/major ports. Primary data for this research derives from my documentation (creation of typologies and classification) and study of ceramic assemblages (Beirut, the Homs Survey, Nicopolis-ad-Istrum/Dichin, Athens, Corinth, Nicopolis-Actium, Butrint, Durres, Leptis Magna, Carthage and sites in SE Spain), as well as the revision of other published ceramic material from sites across the Mediterranean. Recent work has focussed on Hellenistic and Roman cuisine and cultural interaction in the Roman East, on Roman Greece and on the Islamic pottery of North Africa.
Main Research Projects
PI (with Alessandra Pecci) Spanish Ministry HAR2017-84242-P: Ánforas romanas y análisis de contenidos. El consumo de alimentos de la Baetica, Africa y el Oriente levantino en Gades, Pompeii y Roma (ss I a.C.- I d.C.) (RACA-Med).
The project aims to identify through organic residues analyses the contents of certain early Imperial Roman amphorae found in excavations in Cadiz, Rome and Pompeii: Baetican Ovoid 1, Ovoid 4, imitation Dr 1 and Haltern 70 amphorae; late Republican amphorae from Utica (Tunisia) exported to Rome; eastern Mediterranean east Cilician Dressel 2-4, Agora M 54 and G 198.
2015 ongoing. Ceramic Typologies and Archaeometry in Greek Epirus (funded by the Butrint Foundation).
Archaeometry by the ERAAUB (petrology and chemical) of local and imported amphorae, plain wares, cooking wares and table wares from Butrint (Albania), in former Greek Epirus. This work will develop as typological work and sampling progresses in Greece in sites of Thespreoteia, Nicopolis, Patras and Corinth.
Other current work
The Islamic pottery of Utica (Tunisia) (INP-Tunisie and Oxford University excavations) (from 2015).
The Roman pottery of the ASCSA-University of California Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project (Corinth, Greece).
The Roman-Late Antique Pottery of Nicopolis-Actium (Epirus, Greece).
The Roman-Late Antique pottery of the British excavations at Butrint (Albania): The Triconch Palace, Forum, Vrina Plain Excavations and Villa of Diaporit.
The Imperial Roman amphorae of the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora.
The Classical pottery of the Anglo-Lebanese excavations of the Beirut Souks (Lebanon).
Other projects: British excavations at Zeugma-on-the-Euphrates (2002); British excavations at Leptis Magna (1997-1999); Canadian excavations at Bir el Jebbana, Carthage (Tunisia) (1996-1999).
Current PhD Theses
Edgar Miguel Cruz Monteiro Fernandes. North African and Eastern Mediterranean trade in Southern Lusitania (4th-6th/7th centuries AD): the fine-ware evidence. Universitat de Barcelona
Nikoula Kougia. The city of Patras and the relation with two other great cities colonized by Augustus, Nikopolis and Butrint: an archaeometrical approach and study of local and regional ceramic production and distribution. University of Patras.
2010. Hispania and the Roman Mediterranean, AD 100-700: Ceramics and Trade, London (Duckworth).
1995. Trade in the Western Mediterranean, AD 400-700. The ceramic evidence. (British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 604. Oxford (Tempus Reparatum).
2018. ‘The supply networks of the Roman East and West: Interaction, fragmentation and the origins of the Byzantine economy’, in A. Wilson, and A. Bowman (eds.), Trade, Commerce and the State in the Roman World (Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy 4). Oxford University Press, Oxford: 353-395.
2016. ‘From Vandal Africa to Arab Ifriqīya: tracing ceramic and economic trends through the 5th to the 11th centuries’, in S. Stevens and J. Conant (eds.), North Africa under Byzantium and Islam, Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposia and Colloquia (Spring Symposium on Rome Re-imagined: Byzantine North Africa, c. 400-800, 2012), Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA: 129-171.
2015. ‘Material culture and the Economy in the Age of Saint Isidore of Seville: the 6th and 7th centuries’, in J.-P. Caillet, I. Velázquez and G. Ripoll (eds.), Isidore de Séville et son temps, Antiquité Tardive 23, Paris (Brepols): 163-210.
2013. ‘Transport amphorae of the First to Seventh Centuries: Early Roman to Byzantine Periods’, in W. Aylward, (ed.), Excavations at Zeugma, Conducted by Oxford Archaeology, Volume II, 93-161, Plates 43-74. The Packard Humanities Institute, Los Altos, California.
2013. ‘The Pottery’, in Rossiter, J., Reynolds, P. and MacKinnon, M., ‘A Roman bath-house and a group of Early Islamic middens at Bir Ftouha, Carthage’, Archeologia Medievale 39 (2012, published 2013: 245-282): 250-273.
2011. ‘A note on the development of Cypriot Late Roman D forms 2 and 9’, in M.À. Cau, P. Reynolds and M. Bonifay (eds.), LRFW 1. Late Roman Fine Wares: Solving problems of typology and chronology. A review of the evidence, debate and new contexts, Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery 1, Archaeopress, Oxford: 57-65.
2011. ‘A 7th century pottery deposit from Byzantine Carthago Spartaria (Cartagena, Spain)’, in M.À. Cau, P. Reynolds and M. Bonifay (eds.), LRFW 1. Late Roman Fine Wares: Solving problems of typology and chronology. A review of the evidence, debate and new contexts, Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery 1, Archaeopress, Oxford: 99-127.
2011. ‘Fine wares from Beirut contexts, c. 450 to the early 7th century’ in M.À. Cau, P. Reynolds and M. Bonifay (eds.), LRFW 1. Late Roman Fine Wares: Solving problems of typology and chronology. A review of the evidence, debate and new contexts, Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery 1, Archaeopress, Oxford: 207-230.