The Institut National du Patrimoine-Tunisie/Oxford University/British School at Rome (Ports Project) excavations at the ancient port of Utica (from 2010-2017), directed by Lisa Fentress, Faouzi Ghozzi, Andrew Wilson and Josephine Crawley Quinn have discovered several areas of early islamic occupation located in the centre of the Roman city (in the Basilica-Forum quarter) (www.utica.classics.ox.ac.uk). Paul Reynolds joined the team in 2015 to coordinate the publication of the pottery and is responsible in particular for the publication of the Islamic ceramics associated with houses and over 20 associated grain silos containing ceramics, animal bones (studied by Tariq Oueslati) and other refuse. The pottery, dating to the 10th and 11th centuries, will provide crucial reference material for a revision of local-regional Islamic ceramic chronologies in North Africa and an examination of their relationship to Islamic pottery typologies in Spain and Sicily.
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