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About - Jerry Evans


Research Interests

My main research interests are in the Roman economy, the later Roman empire and Roman pottery studies and the north of Roman Britain. I have written a large number of specialist reports on Roman pottery and have an interest in the pottery from Roman rural sites. In addition to my work in Britain I have also worked in Greece and Yugoslavia on pottery from the CABBAGE field survey project and in Beirut on pottery from the joint American University and Leverhulme team excavations.




I was a Research Assistant in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1989 I was a Finds Assistant for the Central Excavation Unit based at Portsmouth, and from 1989 to 1992 I was a Finds Assistant in the Alcester Office of the Warwickshire County Museum. Since 1992 I have been a self-employed finds consultant, latterly in partnership with Stephanie Rákai.




I have a degree in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, London (1978) and a PhD from the Postgraduate School of Physics, University of Bradford (1985).The title of this was Aspects of later Roman Pottery Assemblages in Northern England.



I am a member of the Roman Finds Group and the Study Group for Romano-British pottery and  a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.



Selected Publications


2017. (with S. Macaulay and P. Mills).  The Horningsea Roman Pottery Industry in context: An area study of ceramic supply in the Cambridgeshire region, EAA 162, Cambridge


2016. 'Forms of knowledge: Changing technologies of Romano-British pottery', in

Millett M, Revell, L, and Moore A, (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain, 310-331.


2013  'Balancing the scales; Romano-British pottery in early Late Antiquity', in Lavan, L. (ed), Late Antique Archaeology 10, Local Economies; production and exchange in inland regions in Late Antiquity, (Leiden), 425-450.


2010. (with S. Rátkai) 'Roman coarse pottery', in Ferris, I. (ed.). The beautiful rooms are empty;

excavations at Binchester Roman fort, County Durham, 1976-1981 and 1986-1991, (Durham), 113-217.


2009. (with H. Cool and T. Wilmott) 'Excavations at the Hadrian’s Wall fort of Birdoswald (Banna), Cumbria: 1996- 2000', in Wilmott, T. Hadrian’s Wall; archaeological research by English Heritage, 1976-2000, Swindon, 203-395.


2008. (with P. Mills) 'The mortaria' in Cool, H.E.M and Mason, D.J.P. Roman Piercebridge;

excavations by D.W. Harding and Peter Scott 1969-1981, Architectural and

Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland Res Rept 7 (Durham), 197-207.


2006.  'The Roman pottery', in Millett, M (ed.) Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire: archaeological studies of a Romano-British roadside settlement, Yorkshire Archaeological Report 5, Leeds, 126-201


2005. 'Pottery in urban Romano-British life', in Mac Mahon, A and Price, J (eds). Roman working lives and urban living, (Oxford), 145-166.


2004. 'The pottery vessels' in Cool, H.E.M. The Roman Cemetery at Brougham Cumbria: Excavations 1966-67 Britannia Monograph 21 (London), 333-64.


2002. The Pottery in Wilson, P. Cataractonium. Roman Catterick and its Hinterland: Excavations and Research, 1958-1997. Part II. CBA Research Report 128 (York), 243-503.


2001. (with P. Booth) Roman Alcester: Northern Extramural Area. CBARR 127 (York).


2001. (with P. and J. Hiller) Excavations in the Extramural Settlement of Roman Alchester, Oxfordshire, 1991. (Oxford: Oxford Archaeology).


2001. Material Approaches to Romano-British site types, in James, S., and Millett, M. (eds), Britons and Romans: Advancing an Archaeological Agenda. CBARR 125, (York), 26-35.


2000. The end of Roman pottery in the North, in Wilmott, T. and Wilson, P., (eds.) The Late Roman Transition in the North, BAR 299, Oxford, 39-46.


1999 The Iron Age and early Roman pottery, in Creighton, J., The Market_Weighton Bypass, in Halkon, P., and Millett, M., (eds) Rural settlement and industry; studies in the Iron Age and Roman archaeology of lowland East Yorkshire, Yorks Arch Report No 4 (Leeds), 177 -220.


1999 The Salford Priors Roman pottery, in Palmer, S., Excavations in the Arrow Valley, Warwickshire, Trans Birmingham Warks Archaeol Soc, 103, 101-126.


1998 (with D Longley and N Johnstone). 'Excavations on two farms of the Romano-British period at Bryn Eryr and Bush Farm, Gwynedd,' Britannia 29, 185-246.


1997 (with S Willis) Research framework for the study of Roman pottery in northern England', in Willis, S.H., Research frameworks for the study of Roman pottery , SGRBP, privately printed.


1996 (with Busby, PA, Huntley, JP, and Wilson, PR), 'A pottery kiln at Catterick', Britannia 27, 283-98.




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