Paul Reynolds

Universitat de Barcelona


At UCL studied for BA (1980) and PhD (1991) (Settlement and Pottery of the Vinalopo Valley (Alicante), AD 400-700), which included a detailed review of ceramics and trade in W Mediterranean ports (publised as BAR 588 & 604 in 1993, 1995). Studied and published ceramics from excavations in Spain (Cartagena, Valencia), Roman Syria (Beirut, Homs, Basit, Zeugma), Albania (Butrint, Durres), Greece (Athens, Corinth, Thesproteia, Nicopolis-Actium) and North Africa (Carthage, Utica, Leptis Magna). The book Hispania and the Roman Mediterranean, AD 100-700: ceramics and trade was published in 2010. Co-editor of the Archaeopress (Oxford) series Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery

Research interests

The principal aim of my research is the study of the economy of the Classical and Late Antique Mediterranean, the lower Danube-Black Sea and Atlantic through the definition of regional ceramic typologies (forms and archaeometry) and the analysis of the regional distribution of ceramics in major ports. This focuses on the long-distance movement of local, regional and imported fine table-wares, amphorae & cooking wares. I am interested in all factors that contributed to the supply of goods: private, state, city, ecclesiastical & administrative structures. 

Selected publications

- Reynolds P 2017, 'Supply networks of the Roman East and West: interaction, fragmentation and the origins of the Byzantine economy.', in Andrew Wilson (eds), Trade, commerce and the State in the Roman World (The Oxford Roman Economy Project). (October 2009), Oxford.

- Reynolds P & Pavlidis E 2017, ‘An early 5th century pottery deposit from the cloaca by Basilica A, Nicopolis (Epirus, Greece)’,  σπείρα. Επιστημονική συνάντηση προς τιμήν της Αγγέλικας Ντούζουγλη και του Κωνσταντίνου Ζάχου. Πρακτικά [Conference in honour of Angelika Douzougli and Konstantinos Zachos] (Ioannina, 1st-3rd November 2012). Athens: 651-666.

- Reynolds P 2017, ‘Butrint in the late 6th to 7th centuries: contexts, sequences and ceramics’, in J. Mitchell, J. Mooreland and B. Leal (eds). Encounters, Excavations and Argosies. Essays for Richard Hodges. Archaeopress, Oxford: 262-274.

Selected research activities

I classified Islamic pottery at Utica (Tunisia), began a new project on the Roman pottery of the American excavations at Lechaion (Corinth), studied Roman pottery from the Sanctuary of Artemis (Peloponnese), worked on the pottery of the 7th c. Yassi Ada and 11th c. Serce Limani shipwrecks (INA, Bodrum) & studied 5th-7th century E Mediterranean finds in Vigo and Braga. Key note speaker on 8th c. pottery in the Levant, N Africa & Spain (Berlin) and speaker on the Medieval amphorae of Beirut (Rome). Submitted for publication the Roman pottery reports for the Vrina Plain excavations (Butrint) and Actium Victory Monument (Nicopolis). I was awarded a Spanish I+D grant for amphora contents analysis (Cadiz, Rome, Pompei) (HAR2017-84242-P).