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Dr. Conor Trainor

Assistant Professor in the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Mediterranean

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Tel: 23023
Email: C dot Trainor at warwick dot ac dot uk [Room number 2.06]
Faculty of Arts Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Conor Trainor completed his BA (Hons) and MA in Classics at Queen’s University (Ontario), before moving to Dublin to undertake a PhD in Classics at Trinity College. His PhD was awarded in 2013 and focused on ceramics from Hellenistic and Roman Sikyon. In 2015 Conor received a National University of Ireland Publication Award for his book, The Ceramics Industry of Roman Sikyon (Åströms Förlag, 2015).

Since 2000 he has participated in over a dozen archaeological fieldwork projects in both Greece and Canada, with a current research focus on the Graeco-Roman city of Knossos (6th Cent BCE-7th Cent CE). During 2008-2009 Conor was the Assistant Director of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens, the archaeological and cultural representative of Irish universities in Greece. He has taught at Queen’s University (Ontario), Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens and the British School at Athens. Conor joined the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick in 2016 as the Research Fellow in Hellenistic Culture & Society.

Research Interests

Conor’s main research interests include the visual and material culture of ancient Greece, production communities and resource ecosystems, ceramics and craft; ancient cities; ancient economies and exchange networks, and Digital Humanities.

At present, Conor is the Principal Investigator on two projects, one is aimed at studying and publishing the archaeological remains of a wine-making facility at Knossos, the other is aimed at studying and publishing Hellenistic and Roman material from the cult cave of Trypas Xerokambou (Crete). He is also currently a specialist researcher studying Archaic-Late Roman ceramics as part of the Knossos Urban Landscapes Project, and also on the Kenchreai Ancient Quarries Project.


Selected publications


Peer-Reviewed Papers and Articles

On-Going Projects

  • 2019-Present: Trainor, C. Trypas Xerokambou. Hellenistic and Roman Ceramics from a East Cretan Cult Cave.
  • 2016-Present: Trainor, C. and J. Day. Ancient Rome and the Classical Museum: Terra Sigillata. A study of the Roman ceramics housed in the collection of the UCD Classical Museum.
  • 2014-Present: Findings from a First Century BC Wine Press at Knossos (the University of Warwick and the British School at Athens). Principle Investigator, responsible for the publication of the remains from an urban wine production facility at Knossos and their economic ramifications.
  • 2014-Present: Knossos Urban Landscape Project (University College London/23rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities). Specialist researcher, on the Greek and Roman periods at Knossos.
  • 2013-Present: The Kenchreai Quarries Survey (University of Edinburgh). Specialist, responsible for the study and publication of ceramics from the survey of the ancient and late antquie quarry complexes at Kenchrea, Greece.


  • BA; MA Queen’s University (Ontario)
  • PhD (Trinity College Dublin)