Dr Rick Jones

Dr Rick Jones

Senior Lecturer (Part-time)

+44 (0)113 343 3547

Summary: Roman Archaeology and Urbanisation, especially Pompeii and Roman Britain.

BA (Manchester)
PhD (London) FSA

Research Interests

My research focuses on the social dynamics of the Roman Empire, through the social interactions in the frontier regions and through urbanization, especially at Pompeii.

I co-direct with Damian Robinson (Oxford University) the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii, which excavated and recorded a complete block of the ancient city (Insula VI,1) between 1994 and 2006. This has revealed how social differentiation intensified in terms of wealth and status over the three centuries before Pompeii's destruction in AD79.

The AAPP has integrated a wide range of multidisciplinary projects, from toilets to sources for wood fuel to wall painting reconstruction. A series of eleven AAPP monographs is now being prepared for publication by the Oxford University School of Archaeology.

 A new programme of research titled Social Hierarchy in Pompeii formally began in 2009. This is co-directed with Wolfgang Ehrhardt (University of Freiburg, Germany). The SHP project is investigating another block (V,2) in order to examine how the middle range of Pompeian society functioned in relation to both elites and poor.

In Britain I have led long-term field projects at major Roman forts of Binchester and Newstead. The excavations at Binchester showed outstanding evidence for late Roman and sub-Roman activity at the Roman fort, with activity continuing into the fifth century AD. The monograph is currently in the press.

The Newstead Research Project, supported by the National Museums of Scotland, studied interaction on the frontier between Roman and native societies through a comprehensive programme of fieldwork on the Roman military base and neighbouring native settlements. The Newstead final reports are planned for publication in 2011. I am currently working with the York Archaeological Trust on planning a new programme of long-term research at Malton Roman fort.


My BA was in Ancient History and Archaeology from Manchester University, followed by a PhD in London at the Institute of Archaeology (now UCL).

I worked for three years at the Bowes Museum in Co. Durham before being appointed to the Dept of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford in 1978. I left Bradford as Reader in Roman Archaeology to come to Classics in Leeds in 2009.

Selected Publications

  • (In press; with I.M. Ferris), Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort, Research Report of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland

  • (1997) (ed. with Sara E. Bon)  Sequence and Space in Pompeii. Oxbow Monograph 77, Oxbow Books, Oxford

  • (1991) (ed.) Britain in the Roman Period. J.R. Collis Publications, Sheffield

  • (1988) (ed. with J.H.F. Bloemers, S.L. Dyson and M. Biddle), First Millennium Papers: Western Europe in the First Millennium AD, British Archaeological Reports International Series 401, Oxford

  • (1984) (ed. with T.F.C. Blagg and S.J. Keay), Papers in Iberian Archaeology, British Archaeological Reports International Series 193, Oxford

  • (1984) (ed. with P.R. Wilson and D.M. Evans), Settlement and Society in the Roman North, School of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, and Roman Antiquities Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Bradford and Leeds

  • (in preparation, with H. White), The Decoration of the House of the Surgeon:  Models Old and New. In A.M. Leander & S. Hales (eds.), Returns to Pompeii
  • (2008), The Urbanisation of Insula VI,1 at Pompeii. In P.G. Guzzo & M.P. Guidobaldi (eds.) Nuove ricerche archeologiche nell'area Vesuviana (Scavi 2003-2006), Studi della Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei 25, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma, 139-146
  • (2007) ((with Damian Robinson), Intensification, Heterogeneity and Power in the Development of Insula VI,1. In J.J. Dobbins & P. Foss (eds.), The World of Pompeii. Routledge, 389-406
  • (2006, with D. Robinson), The development of inequality in Pompeii:  the evidence from the northern end of Insula VI,1. In Carol C. Mattusch, A.A. Donohue & Amy Brauer (eds.) Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science and the Humanities,  Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 498-502
  • (2005, with D. Robinson), The economic development of the commercial triangle (VI.i.14-18, 20-21).  In P.G. Guzzo & M.P. Guidobaldi (eds.) Nuove ricerche archeologiche a Pompei ed Ercolano, Studi della Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei 10, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma, 270-277
  • (2005, with D. Robinson), The structural development of the House of the Vestals (VI,1, 6-8, 24-26). In P.G. Guzzo & M.P. Guidobaldi (eds.) Nuove ricerche archeologiche a Pompei ed Ercolano, Studi della Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei 10, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma, 257-269
  • (2004, with D. Robinson), Water wealth and Social Status at Pompeii: the House of the Vestals in the First Century AD.  American Journal of Archaeology 109, 695-710
  • (2004, with D. Robinson), The making of an elite house: the House of the Vestals at Pompeii.  Journal of Roman Archaeology 17, 107-130
  • (2003, with A. Schoonhoven)   The Story of a Street: The Vicolo di Narciso and the urban development of Pompeii. In P. Wilson (ed.), The Archaeology of Roman Towns.  Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2003, 128-136
  • (2000, with I. Ferris), Transforming an elite: reinterpreting late Roman Binchester. In T. Wilmott &  P. Wilson (eds.), The Late Roman Transition in the North British Archaeological Reports 299, Oxford, 1-12

Pompeii: the atrium of the House of the Silver Wedding, the largest house in Insula V,2

Pompeii: the via di Nola frontage of Insula V,2 showing shops and bars