Edward Herring holds a Senior Lectureship in Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He undertook both his BA and PhD at Queen Mary College, University of London. Prior to moving to Ireland, he worked at both Queen Mary and Royal Holloway Colleges in London. A recognised authority on ancient South Italy, he has more than 80 publications to his name. His previous books include Explaining Change in the Matt-Painted Pottery of Southern Italy: Social and Cultural Explanations for Ceramic Development from the 11th to the 4th Centuries B.C. (1998) and Botromagno: Excavation and Survey at Gravina in Puglia, 1979-1985 (with Ruth D. Whitehouse and John B. Wilkins, 2000). A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2006, Dr Herring held the A.D. Trendall Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies, UK, in 2011.