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Professor David Peacock 

Emeritus Professor

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Professor David Peacock is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Professor David Peacock was internationally known for his work on pottery and stone analysis.  He was particularly interested in later prehistoric and the classical worlds, and the ways that a study of modern societies can help us understand them better.  In 2013 he completed a book entitled The stone of life: the archaeology of querns, mills and flour production in Europe up to 500AD.

David directed excavations at Quseir al-Qadim (Myos Hormos), on the Red Sea coast of Egypt, and previously worked at Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus also in Egypt. He has published many books including Pottery in the Roman World: an Ethnoarchaeological Approach; Amphorae and the Roman Economy (with DF Williams); Survey and Excavations at Mons Claudianus (two vols with VA Maxfield); Bread for the people: the archaeology of mills and milling. Proceedings of the Rome conference(edited, with DF Williams 2011); Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim, Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Survey and Excavation 1999-2003, Volume 1 Survey and excavation ; Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim, Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Survey and Excavation 1999-2003, Volume 2 The finds (edited with LK Blue 2011).

David Peacock died on 15 March 2015.

Research interests

In recent years David investigated Roman Red Sea trade, and had a project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, which made reference samples of archaeologically relevant rocks available over the web.

Research group

Classical and historical archaeology

Research project(s)

Stone in archaeology: towards a digital resource - Dormant

A project funded by a three-year Resource Enhancement Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board to create an electronic catalogue of all archaeological stone known to have been exploited in Antiquity throughout the British Isles.

Mons Porphyrites - Dormant

In five seasons, between 1994-1998, Archaeology at the Universities of Southampton and Exeter surveyed and excavated at the quarry complex of Mons Porphrites.

Purbeck project - Dormant

Professor David Peacock and Professor David Hinton initiated a project of fieldwork on the Island of Purbeck, south-east Dorset, in 1991.

Professor David Peacock
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom
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