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Dr Alejandra Gutiérrez

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology

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Alejandra Gutiérrez is a finds specialist and an internationally renowned expert in medieval and later ceramics. She is especially interested in the study of material culture of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods from both Britain and the Mediterranean.

Her particular interests include ceramics from the Mediterranean, especially Spanish and Portuguese wares, and the study of material culture from medieval and post-medieval contexts in Britain. In the UK she works with assemblages from the South-West of England. She has worked in the past for Cotswold Archaeological Trust as Research Assistant. She is a member of the Medieval Pottery Research Group and of the Finds Research Group.

Alejandra has published a variety of research papers, including a book on Mediterranean Pottery in Wessex Households (13th to 17th centuries) and an accompanying web-guide for the identification of medieval and later Spanish pottery (


Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

  • Ceramics
  • Developing new approaches to dating ancient irrigation features
  • Moncayo Archaeological Survey, NE Spain
  • Religious orders on the frontier: monks on the edge of Christian Europe

Research Interests

  • Medieval and early modern archaeology
  • Material culture
  • Trade and exchange in the medieval and later periods
  • Medieval and later pottery and finds
  • Mediterranean pottery


Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Gutiérrez, A (2018). 'Overview: Trade and Other Contacts in Late Medieval Britain'. In The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain. in C. M. Gerrard, & A. Gutiérrez (eds) Oxford University Press. 3-19.
  • Gerrard, C & Gutiérrez, A (2018). 'The Qanat in Spain: Archaeology and Environment'. In Water Management in Ancient Civilizations. Berkin, J Berlin: Edition Topoi. 197–226.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2015). Spanish and Portuguese wares. In Glastonbury Abbey: archaeological investigations 1904-79. The Society of Antiquaries of London. 272-276.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2011). 'The versatile bote: Spanish decorated jars and their uses'. In The Archaeology of Medieval Europe. Vol. 2 Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries. Carver, M & Klapste, J Aarhus University Press. 305-307.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2007). Bone, ivory and antler objects. In The Shapwick Project. A rural landscape explored. Gerrard, CM Leeds: Society for Medieval Archaeology. 25: 790-796.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2007). Medieval floor tiles. In The Shapwick Project. A rural landscape explored. Gerrard, CM Leeds: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph. 25: 804-806.
  • Gutiérrez, A. (2007). Post-Roman Pottery. In The Shapwick Project, Somerset, A Rural Landscape Explored. Gerrard, C. M. Leeds: Society for Medieval Archaeology. 25.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2006). The medieval and later pottery. In Landscape,Community and Colonisation: the North Somerset Levels during the 1st to 2nd millennia AD. Rippon, S London: CBA Research Report. 152: 211-221.
  • Gutiérrez, A (2003). The Spanish jar. In Aelfric’s abbey. Excavations at Eynsham Abbey, Oxfordshire 1989–92. Hardy, A, Dodd, A & Keevil, G D Oxford: Thames Valley Landscapes Volume. 16: 199-201.
  • Gutiérrez, A. (2000). The ceramic roofing material. In Ludgershall Castle. Excavations by Peter Addyman 1964–1972. Ellis, P Wiltshire Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series 2. 223-228.
  • Gutiérrez, A. (1999). 'Some Italo-Netherlandish pottery from Winchester and Wickham, Hampshire'. In Maiolica in the North. Gaimster, D. (ed). London: British Museum Occasional Paper 122. 151–155.

Journal Article

Conference Paper

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Invited speaker:

    'El azúcar en la Inglaterra medieval y postmedieval'. O Açúcar: Paisagens, Civilização Material e Economia, Machico, Madeira, 6 e 7 de Junho de 2013

  • 2011: :

    External referee for Journal of Material Culture, World Archaeology, Post-Medieval Archaeology and Medieval Ceramics.

  • 2011: Invited speaker:

    "De colores extraños": la loza dorada española en las Islas Británicas. International conference The wonders of the world. Lustre and luxury in European networks of exchange, Berlin, 17th-20th November 2011.

  • 2011: Invited speaker:

    "Of Sundry Colours and Moulds": Imports of Early Modern Pottery Along the Atlantic Seaboard. Velhos e Novos Mundos. Congresso International de Arqueologia Moderna, Lisbon, May 2011.

  • 2009: Invited speaker:

    Relaciones e intercambio en el Atlántico Norte medieval: la evidencia cerámica. Simposio internacional «Gentes del Mar». Historia y Arqueología en el litoral del Arco Atlántico, Luanco, December 2009.