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Dr David Williams FSA

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

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Dr David Williams is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I specialise in the physical analysis and characterisation of ancient ceramics and lithics (marbles, building stones, querns, honestones, etc) by thin sectioning, and the trade patterns which can be deduced from them. I have worked extensively on ceramics and lithics of all periods from throughout Britain and much of the Mediterranean.

Research interests

I am currently researching late Roman amphorae production in Cyprus and south-eastern Turkey; the production and distribution of basalt quernstones in the eastern Mediterranean and Spanish fish-sauce amphorae in Roman Britain.

Research group

Classical and historical archaeology

Affiliate research groups

, Centre for Maritime Archaeology

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Book Chapters

  • Williams, D. F. (2007). Amphorae on the web: a digital resource for Roman amphorae. In M. Bonifay, & J-C. Tréglia (Eds.), LRCW2: Late Roman Coarse Wares, Cooking Wares and Amphorae in the Mediterranean : Archaeology and Archaeometry (pp. 59-63). (British Archaelogical Reports; Vol. 1, No. 1662). Archaeopress.
  • Peacock, D., Williams, D., & James, S. (2007). Basalt as ships' ballast and the Roman incense trade. In D. Peacock, & D. Williams (Eds.), Food for the Gods: New Light on the Ancient Incense Trade (pp. 28-70). Oxbow.
  • Williams, D. F., & Tomber, R. (2007). Egyptian amphorae in Britain. In S. Marchand, & A. Marangou (Eds.), Amphores d’Egypte de la Basse Epoque a l’epoque Arabe (pp. 643-649). Institut Francais D’Archeologie Orientale.
  • Williams, D. F. (2005). Late Roman amphora 1: a study of diversification. In M. B. Briese, & L. E. Vaag (Eds.), Trade Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean from Late Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity: The Ceramic Evidence (pp. 157-168). (Halicarnassian Studies; Vol. III). University of Southern Denmark.
  • Williams, D. F. (2004). Purbeck marble in Roman and medieval Britain. In D. A. Hinton (Ed.), Purbeck Papers (pp. 126-131). (Department of Archaeology Monograph Series; Vol. 4). University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology.
  • Williams, D. F. (2004). The Eruption of Vesuvius and its implications for the Early Roman Amphora trade with India. In J. Eiring, & J. Lund (Eds.), Transport amphorae and trade in the Eastern Mediterranean : Acts of the International Colloquium at the Danish Institute at Athens (pp. 441-450). (Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens; Vol. 5). Aarhus University Press.
  • Carerras, C., & Williams, D. F. (2002). "Carrot" amphoras: a Syrian or Palestinian connection? In J. H. Humphrey (Ed.), The Roman and Byzantine Near East (pp. 133-144). (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement; Vol. 3, No. 49). Journal of Roman Archaeology.


I would be interested in supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  • Pottery and Lithics [not chipped flint]
  • "Imports of stone to Anglo-Saxon England"
Dr David Williams
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number : 65A/2207

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