Dr. Nick Ray

Honorary Visiting Fellow

BSc., M.Phil. (Bradford), Ph.D. (Leicester)
Email: nr118@le.ac.uk

 

Nick completed his PhD at the University of Leicester on consumer behaviour in the ancient world, focusing on Pompeian households.  In 2010 Nick received a Tytus Summer Fellowship at the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati.

Between 2013 and 2014 he was a Research Associate on the ERC-funded Trans-Sahara Project as part of the Human Mobility and Identity workgroup, in collaboration with Dr. Ronika Power at the University of Cambridge.  His research focused on funerary behaviour in Fazzan, Libya, investigating how Saharan communities expressed ideas about identity.

He has extensive field experience, involving both excavation and survey and is currently Co-director of the Bosworth Roman Temple Project (UK) and has worked in Pompeii for many years, most recently serving as Field Director on the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project (2010-2012).  He has also worked in Libya (with the Desert Migrations Project and the Ghadames Archaeological Survey) and in Utica, Tunisia.

Nick is currently the Assistant Director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project, University of Oxford.

 

Research Interests

Consumer behaviour and consumption in the ancient world; Methods for investigating material culture; Ancient identity (formation and negotiation); Ancient economies and economic interaction/trade; The archaeology of households.

 

Selected Publications

Ray, N.M. (Forthcoming) ‘Investigating Pompeian Urban Open Space: The Grand Palaestra and its Environs’. In B. Croxford and J. Lucas (eds.), Experiencing Space and Place in the Roman World. Oxford: Oxbow.

Ray, N.M. (2012). ‘Economy, Roman’, Encyclopedia of Ancient History. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ray, N.M. (2012). ‘Economic Performance’, Encyclopedia of Ancient History. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ray, N.M. (2012). ‘Luxury’, Encyclopedia of Ancient History. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Fenwick, C., N. Ray, F. Moussa, V. Leitch and D. Mattingly (2010). ‘Excavations at TAG021, TAG050, TAG054, TAG063’, in David Mattingly et al. DMP IX: Summary Report on the Fourth Season of Excavations of the Burials and Identity team. Libyan Studies 41.

Ray, N.M. (2006). ‘Consumption and Roman Archaeology: Beyond Pompeii’, in B. Croxford, H. Goodchild, J. Lucas and N. Ray (eds.) TRAC 2005: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Birmingham 2005, 25-41. Oxford: Oxbow.

 

Edited Volumes:

Sterry, M., A. Tullett and N. Ray (2010). IARSS 2008. In Search of the Iron Age: Proceedings of the Iron Age Research Student Seminar 2008, University of Leicester. Leicester Archaeology Monograph 18. Leicester: School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Croxford, B., N. Ray, R. Roth, and N. White (2007). TRAC 2006: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Cambridge 2006. Oxford: Oxbow.

Croxford, B., H. Goodchild, J. Lucas and N. Ray. (2006). TRAC 2005: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Birmingham 2005. Oxford: Oxbow.

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