Dr. Rubén Montoya González

Associated Researcher 2022-2024

Email address: r.montoya@knir.it

Discipline and Specialization: Roman Archaeology

Rubén Montoya holds a BA in History (Ancient History) from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), 2009-2013, where he was also awarded an Erasmus Academic scholarship on Classical Archaeology at Sapienza University of Rome, 2011-2012, and several scientific and academic fellowships. As a Santander Scholar, he completed his MA in The Classical Mediterranean (2014-2015) at the University of Leicester (United Knigdom) with the dissertation “Identifying Patrons and Viewers in the 4th century Ebro Valley (Hispania Citerior): villa mosaics in context” (Distinction). Afterwards, he was also awarded a Midlands3Cities AHRC scholarship to carry out his PhD in Roman Archaeology (2016-2021), with the thesis “Becoming Glocal: Glocalization and the Study of Villa Pavements in Hispania Baetica (2nd century AD-4th century AD)”. During his doctorate, he carried out a research placement as part of the AHRC and Erasmus + Traineeship programs at EEHAR – Spanish School of History and Archaeology in Rome (Italy) (2018-2019). In November 2021, he was awarded a Margarita Salas Fellowship by the Spanish Government to carry out a three-year research project. Since January 2022 he is an associated researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, where he is currently developing a project on Vesuvian painted bust medallions from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae and other archaeological sites.


Rubén Montoya’s research focuses primarily on recent theoretical approaches to Roman art and on art from the Roman provinces. His main research interests are in globalization, glocalization, provincial art, the study of Pompeii and Antiquarism, Roman architecture and domestic spaces, Roman villas and Iconography.

His current research project Painted Bust Medallions from the Vesuvian Region: Patterns of Spatial Distribution and Social Contexts aims to carry out a contextual study of painted bust medallions in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae and other nearby sites, thoroughly investigating their spatial distribution possible functionality, and the relationship between subject-matter and other iconographies within the spaces where they were displayed.

At the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, Rubén’s project fits within the current research on Archaeology and Material Culture in Italy and the Western Provinces, principally developed through the different research projects directed by Prof. Dr. Tesse Stek, current supervisor of Rubén’s project in Rome (https://www.knir.it/en/mensen/research/researchers/academic-staff/dr-tesse-stek/). As part of his recent fellowship, Rubén has also started working as a member of the Spanish research group from the University of Alcalá (Spain), Archaeology: Landscapes, Colonialism and Cultural Heritage, coordinated by Prof. Lauro Olmo-Enciso: https://www.uah.es/es/investigacion/unidades-de-investigacion/grupos-de-investigacion/Arqueologia-paisajes-colonialismo-y-patrimonio-cultural-Archaeology-Landscapes-Colonialism-and-Cultural-Heritage/. In January 2024, Rubén will join the area of Archaeology in the Department of Humanities from the University of Alcalá to continue his research project under the supervision of Dr. Pilar Diarte-Blasco.




  • Calderón, , España-Chamorro, S. and Montoya, R. (eds.) 2015. Archaeological Studies of the Vesuvian Area I. Oxford: Archaeopress Publsihing (Spanish).


Book Chapters

  • Montoya, R. 2020. Becoming Glocal: Glocalisation, the victorious charioteer from the villa of El Pomar (Hispania Baetica) and the emergence of a regional visual koiné in 4th century Augusta Emerita (Hispania Lusitana). In Guidetti and K. Meinecke (eds.), A Globalized Visual Culture? Towards a Geography of Late Antique Art, 29-45. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Montoya, and Benito, E. 2016. Pompeya imaginada: contextos reales e ideales en la pintura de los siglos XVIII y XIX. In M. Calderón, S. España-Chamorro, R. Montoya and E.A. Benito (eds.), Estudios Arqueológicos del Área Vesuviana I, 146-157. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Montoya, R. 2015a. Herculano y Pompeya. Historia de las excavaciones arqueológicas desde el siglo XVIII hasta la In M. Calderón, S. España-Chamorro and R. Montoya (eds.), Archaeological Studies of the Vesuvian Area I, 44-55. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Montoya, R. 2015b. Reflexiones sobre el uso del “lapis specularis” en las domus pompeyanas: arquitectura y vida cotidiana. In J.M. Luzón, Navigare necesse est. Homenaje al Profesor José María Luzón Nogué, 189-196. Madrid: Universidad
  • Andreu, J, Romero, L. and Montoya, R.2015a. Avances a los retratos julio-claudios del foro de la ciudad romana de Los Bañales (Uncastillo, Zaragoza). Augusti i les provinciés Occidentals, 41-47. Tarragona: Impremta Torrell.



  • Montoya, 2022 (in press). “The global, the local and the glocal: a new reading of the Priapus mosaic from the Hispano-Roman villa of Bobadilla (Antequera, Málaga)”. Memoris of the American Academy in Rome 66, n.p.
  • Montoya, and Andreu, J. 2022 (forthcoming). “Una inscripción hispano-romana inédita con escena de banquete funerario (Alcubilla de Avellaneda, Soria, Hispania Citerior)”. Epigraphica 84, n.p.
  • Montoya, and Romero, L. 2015. “A Roman togatus from Pompelo”. Cuadernos de Arqueología de Navarra 23, 279-289.
  • Andreu, J, Romero, and Montoya, R.2015b. “Los Bañales (Uncastillo, Zaragoza), ciuitas augústea”. Anales de Arqueología Cordobesa 25-25, 49-70.


Book Reviews

  • Montoya, R. 2021 (forthcoming). Review of “L. Anniboletti. 79 Stories about Pompeii that no one ever told you… Roma: L’Erma di Bretschneider”. In Cuadernos de Arqueología de la Universidad de Navarra 29, p.
  • Montoya, 2019. Review of “S. Vargas Vázquez, G. López Monteagudo and S. García-Dils de la Vega. 2017. Mosaicos romanos de Écija (Sevilla). Corpus de Mosaicos Romanos de España XIV”. In Cuadernos de Arqueoloía de la Universidad de Navarra 27, 245-248.
  • Montoya, 2018a. Review of “R. Hidalgo Priedo (ed.) 2016. Las villas romanas de la Bética, volumes I and II. Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla”. In Journal of Roman Studies 108, 248-249.
  • Montoya, R. 2018b. Review of “P. Diarte-Blasco (ed.) 2017. Cities, Lands and Ports in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Archaeologies of Change. Rome: BraDypUS”. In PCA European Journal of Postclassical Archaeologies 8/2018, 341-342.
  • Montoya, 2018c. Review of “Fernández, D. 2017. Aristocrats and Statehood in Western Iberia, 300-600 C.E. Empire and after. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press”. In Bryn Mawr Review 2018.08.28: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2018/2018-08-28.html
  • Montoya, 2017a. Review of “Marco, F., Pina, F. and Remesal, J. 2016. Autorretratos. La creación de la imagen personal en la Antigüedad. Instrumenta 53. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona” in Espacio Tiempo y Forma. Serie II. Historia Antigua 30, 2017, 383-386.
  • Montoya, R. 2017b. Review of “Vargas, S. 2016. Diseños geométricos en los mosaicos del conventus Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 13. Oxford: Archaeopress” in Archaeological Review from Cambridge 32.1, 2017, 126-130.