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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Ross Iain Thomas

Project Curator
Naukratis project

Department: Greece and Rome

Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8440
 

 

Ross joined the British Museum in 2011 as a project curator in the Naukratis project with responsibility for the small finds and Ptolemaic material from the ancient site of Naukratis. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Maritime Archaeology from Southampton University. His PhD thesis, entitled ‘Maritime Cultures of the Erythraean Sea Trade’, examined the material evidence for, and the interactions between, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Nabataean, indigenous Eastern Desert and Red Sea populations within the Red Sea ports of Aila, Berenike and Myos Hormos.

Ross’s main interests are ceramics and small finds (relating to ships and fishing, amphora stoppers, stamps and terracotta figurines) of Late Period to Coptic Egypt and Kushite to Christian Sudan. He has been involved in projects at Alexandria, Berenike, Kom Firin, Sikait and Quseir al-Qadim, Aqaba, Petra, Kawa and on the Nile Fourth Cataract. Ross has lectured on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate Archaeology courses at Southampton University.

Current projects

Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

The Kawa Excavation Project

Previous projects

The Safwat el-Mokadem project (Kom Firin)

The Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project: Amri to Kirbekan Survey (AKS)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Visiting Researcher at Southampton University

Recent publications

R.I. Thomas, ‘Roman Naukratis (30 BC–AD 639)’, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 22 (In press)

R.I. Thomas, ‘Changing societies in the Fourth Cataract: Identity displayed through ceramic use and consumption practices’ in J. Anderson and D. Welsby (eds), Proceedings of the International Conference of Nubian Studies, August 2010 (Leuven: Peeters, In Press).

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, François Leclère and Ross Thomas, with Alan Johnston, Valerie Smallwood and Susan Woodford, Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt (British Museum Online Research Catalogue, 2013). [add link]

R.I. Thomas (with A. Villing). ‘Naukratis revisited 2012: Integrating new fieldwork and old research’, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 20 (2013), pp. 81–125.

R. I. Thomas and P. T. Nicholson,  2013, ‘Figurines’, in P. T. Nicholson (ed.), Working in Memphis: the production of faience at Roman period Kom Helul. Excavation Memoir 105(London: Egypt Exploration Society, 2013), pp. 42-74. [http://orca.cf.ac.uk/43454]

R.I. Thomas, ‘Ceramics from the Saite occupation (Citadel). InN. Spencer (ed.) Kom Firin II: The urban fabricand landscape (London: The British Museum, 2013), pp. 179–85.

R.I, Thomas, ‘Port communities and the Erythraean Sea trade. British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 18 (2012), pp. 169–99.

R.I. Thomas (with L. Blue and J. D. Hill), ‘New light on the vessels of Indo-Roman trade: Roman shipwrecks in the northern Red Sea In D. A. Agius, J. Cooper and C. Zazzaro (eds) Red Sea V: Navigated spaces, connected places, BAR International Series 2346 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2012), pp. 91–100.

R. S. Tomber & R. I. Thomas, ‘Pottery from the Lake Mareotis Research Project’, in L. Blue & E. Khalil (eds), A Multidisciplinary Approach to Alexandria’s Economic Past: The Lake Mareotis Research Project (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2285, 2011), pp. 37-61.

R. I. Thomas, ‘Fishing equipment from Myos Hormos and fishing techniques on the Red Sea’, in T. Bekker-Nielsen & D. Bernal (eds). Nets and fishing gears in Classical antiquity (Cadiz, 2010).

L. Blue, J. Cooper, R. I. Thomas & R. J. Whitewright (eds), Connected Hinterlands: Proceedings of Red Sea Project IV (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2052, 2009).

R. I. Thomas, ‘The Arabaegypti Ichthyophagi: Cultural connections with Egypt and the maintenance of identity’, in J. C. M. Starkey, P. Starkey & T. Wilkinson (eds), Natural Resources and Cultural Connections of the Red Sea (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 1661, 2007), pp. 149-60.

R. I. Thomas, ‘Fishing activity’, in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim. Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Volume 2: Finds from the 1999-2003 (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2286, 2011), pp. 211-220.

R. I. Thomas, ‘Roman vessel stoppers’, in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim. Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Volume 2: Finds from the 1999-2003 (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2286, 2011), pp. 11-34.

R. I. Thomas, ‘Terracotta figurines’, in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim. Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Volume 2: Finds from the 1999-2003 (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2286, 2011), pp. 79-84.

L. Blue, R. J. Whitewright & R. I. Thomas, ‘Ships and ship's fittings’, in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim. Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea. Volume 2: Finds from the 1999-2003 (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2286, 2011), pp. 179-210.

A. Omar & R. I. Thomas, ‘Stamped amphorae handles’, in L. Blue & E. Khalil (eds), A Multidisciplinary Approach to Alexandria’s Economic Past: The Lake Mareotis Research Project  (Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2285, 2011), pp. 62-70.

I. Welsby Sjöström & R. I. Thomas, The Kushite Pottery Sequence at Kawa: Parallels at Home and Abroad’, in Sudan and Nubia 15 (2011), pp. 64-71.

R. I. Thomas. ‘Ceramics Survey’, in M. Walsh & D. Glazier (eds), Mezyad survey report (Salisbury: Coracle reports, 2010).

S. E. Sidebotham, R. I. Thomas & J. A. Harrell, ‘The El-Kab & Nuri-Hamdab/Fourth cataract survey, January 2006’, in W. Godlewski & A. Lajtar, (eds), Proceedings of the International Conference of Nubian Studies, August 2006. (Warsaw: Warsaw University Press, 2010) , pp.77 -110.

R. I. Thomas, ‘The origin and use of ceramics on the island of Mis and Umm Muri, in the Late Meroitic to Christian periods’, Sudan and Nubia, 12 (2008), pp. 64-73.

R. I. Thomas, T. M. Niemi & S. T. Parker. ‘Structural damage from earthquakes in the second-ninth century at the archaeological site of Aila in Aqaba, Jordan’, Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research, 346 (2007), pp. 59-77.

R. I. Thomas & R. S. Tomber, ‘Vessel stoppers’, in V. Maxfield & D. P. S. Peacock (eds), Survey and excavation Mons Claudianus: Volume III ceramic vessels and related objects (Cairo: IFAO, 2006), pp. 239-60.

R. I. Thomas, ‘Trench 15’ in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1999-2003 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2006), pp. 87-94.

R. I. Thomas & P. Masser ‘Trench 8’ in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1999-2003 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2006), pp. 127-140.

J. Flatman & R. I. Thomas, ‘Trench 2A’ in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1999-2003 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2006).

W. Van Rengen & R. I. Thomas, ‘The sebakh excavations’ in D. P. S. Peacock & L. Blue (eds), Myos Hormos - Quseir al-Qadim Roman and Islamic ports on the Red Sea Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1999-2003 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2006), pp.146 -154.