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Biography

I studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford, where I also wrote my thesis (2014) on Aqueducts and Water Supply in the Towns of Post-Roman Spain (AD 400-1000). I have been directed two archaeological projects in Spain on late antique sites, Casa Herrera in Mérida and the Reccopolis aqueduct, the former being the last aqueduct built in the west following Roman patterns. I have also worked in commercial archaeology in the UK for three years, and am now currently working in the Impact of the Ancient City ERC project.

Research

Aqueducts and water supply; Ancient building and engineering; Commercial archaeology; Late Antiquity; Post-Roman pottery and glass; Roman Spain and North Africa; Roman and medieval urbanism; Visigothic and Umayyad Spain

Publications

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Books

(with Isaac Sastre de Diego and Carlos Tejerizo García) The Iberian Peninsula Between 300 and 850 AD, an Archaeological Perspective. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2018 (i.p.)

(with Elena Sánchez López) Los acueductos de Hispania. Construcción y abandono. Madrid: Fundación Juanelo Turriano. 2016

 (edited with Elsbeth van der Wilt) Tough Times: The Archaeology of Crisis and Recovery. Proceedings of the GAO annual conferences 2010 and 2011. BAR IS 2478, Oxford: Archaeporess. Includes my chapters “Crisis or crises? The end of Roman towns in Iberia 400-800 AD”, 77-90, and (together with Aitor Fernández and Carlos Tejerizo) “New and old elites in the Visigothic kingdom (550-650 AD)” , 161-70. 2013

Articles/Chapters

(Forth.) ‘Erexit, fautore Deo, rex inclytus urbem: Royal lay patronage in Visigothic Spain’ in Y. A. Marano (ed.) Rulers and the Patronage of Buildings in 5th- and 6th- century Mediterranean. Oxford: Oxbow.

‘Water supply in the Visigothic urban foundations of Eio (El Tolmo de Minateda) and Reccopolis’ E. Rizos (eds.) New Cities in Late Antiquity. Documents and Archaeology, 221-34. Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35. Turnhout: Brepols. 2017 (i.p.)

(with Jamie Wood) ‘New directions in the study of Visigothic Spain’ History Compass 14.1, 29-38. 2016

(with Carlos Tejerizo García) ‘Central places in the post-Roman Mediterranean: five models for the Iberian Peninsula’ Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 28.1, 81-103. 2015            

(with José M. Moreno Narganes) ‘Nunc autem a Gothis subversa: The province of Alicante and the Spanish Mediterranean towns between the Byzantine and Visigothic periods’ Early Medieval Europe 23.3, 263-89. 2015

‘A preliminary study on the aqueduct of Reccopolis’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34.3, 301-20. 2015   

(with J. C. Carvajal López, J. Román Punzón and M. Jiménez Puertas) ‘When the east came to the west: the seventh century in the vega of Granada (south-east Spain). Visigoths, Byzantines and Muslims’ in T. J. MacMaster, B. N. Morris, A. Gnasso, and E. E. Intagliata (eds.) The Long Seventh Century: Continuity and Discontinuity in an Age of Transition, 135-62. Bern: Peter Lang. 2015

‘Reuse, Repair and Reconstruction: Functioning Aqueducts in Post-Roman Spain’ in B. Jervis and A. Kyle (eds.) Make-do and Mend: the Archaeologies of Compromise, 26-44. BAR IS 2408. Oxford: Archaeopress. 2012

‘Monte Barro: An Ostrogothic fortified Site in the Alps’ Assemblage 11, 34-44. 2011

‘The continuity of Roman water supply systems in post-Roman Spain: the case of Valentia, a reliable example?’ Arkeogazte 1, 125-44. 2011

‘Uso y suministro de agua a la ciudad de Roma en el periodo Ostrogodo: 476-552 dC’ in A. García, R. Izquierdo, L. Olmo and D. Perís (eds.) Espacios urbanos en el occidente mediterráneo, ss. VI-VII, 267-76I. Toledo: Toletum Visigodo. 2010

Excavation reports

(with Isaac Sastre de Diego) Informe de las excavaciones en Casa Herrera. Campaña del XVII Curso Internacional de Arqueología de Mérida (2013). Excavation report MS deposited at the Consorcio de Mérida. 2013            

(with Isaac Sastre de Diego) Informe de las excavaciones en Casa Herrera. Campaña del XVI Curso Internacional de Arqueología de Mérida (2012). Excavation report MS deposited at the Consorcio de Mérida. 2012            

Informe final de la segunda campaña arqueológica del acueducto de Recópolis (Zorita de los Canes, Guadalajara; Septiembre 2011). Excavation report MS deposited at the Museum of Guadalajara. 2011

Informe final de la campaña 2010 del acueducto de Recópolis (Zorita de los Canes, Guadalajara). Excavation report MS deposited at Museum of Guadalajara. 2010

Reviews

“Water for the City, Fountains for the People: Monumental Fountains in the Roman East” Al-Masaq 28.1, 107-9. 2016

“S. Esmonde Cleary, The Roman West, AD 200-500. Cambridge, 2013” Networks and Neighbours 2, 54-8. 2015

 

 

 

 

Research Associate, Impact of the Ancient City Project
Dr Javier  Martínez Jiménez
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