Paul Reynolds

Universitat de Barcelona


At UCL studied for my 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 (published as BAR 588 & 604 in 1993, 1995). Have 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, Patras) 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 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 2018, ‘Phocean Red Slip Ware (Late Roman C)’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford.

Reynolds P 2018, ‘T.s. hispánica tardía’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford.

Reynolds P & Vroom J 2018, ‘Amphorae’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford.

Reynolds P 2018, ‘Çandarli Ware’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford.

– Costa A, Reynolds P & Vroom J 2018, ‘Pottery in Late Antiquity, AD 300-700’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford.

Reynolds P 2018, ‘African Red Slip Ware’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (ODLA), Oxford.

Reynolds P 2018, ‘Sigillées Dérivées Paléochrétiennes (DSP)’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (ODLA), Oxford.

– Costa S, Reynolds P & Vroom J 2018, ‘Pottery-Roman and Post-Roman’, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (ODLA), Oxford.

– Ruiz Montes P, Peinado Espinosa MV & Fernández García MaI (eds.) 2018, ‘Estudios para la configuración de las facies cerámicas altoimperiales en el Sur de la Península Ibérica‘, RLAMP 11. Archaeopress, Oxford (284pp) (Reynolds P Series Editor).

– González Cesteros H & Berni Millet P 2018, ‘Roman Amphorae in Neuss: Augustan to Julio-Claudian Contexts’, RLAMP 12. Archaeopress, Oxford (182pp) (Reynolds P Series Editor).

Selected research activities

Field work: Tunisia (Arab pottery at Utica-Utique) and Greece (Roman-Byzantine pottery of the American excavations in Lechaion, the western port of Corinth; Roman pottery of Patras).

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)): sampling and analysis of contents of Spanish amphorae in Cadiz.

Chemical analyses of the amphorae and plain wares of Butrint (Butrint Foundation grant in 2015). The thin-section analyses also funded by the BF are included in my forthcoming volume on the Roman Pottery of the Vrina Plain (Butrint) excavations (volume III) due for publication in 2019.