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Greek Archaeology

About the Research Group

The chair of Greek Archaeology was established in March 2011. The chair covers a long period (from the Aegean Bronze Age to the end of the Roman period), though with clearly defined research foci on Aegean prehistory and the Hellenistic-Roman era. It also covers a large geographical area, i.e. the entire eastern Mediterranean with research foci in the Aegean and the Near East. The chair has an explicit interest in archaeological theory. Members of the chair investigate different aspects of past societies, namely social and cultural change (Voutsaki, de Jong, Wiersma, Dijkstra, Panagiotopoulou, Jones), landscape history and settlement patterns (de Jong), ancient imperialism (de Jong), settlement and household archaeology (Voutsaki, Wiersma), imagery (Voutsaki), and cult and ritual (Voutsaki). There is, however, a special interest in mortuary archaeology, and especially the contextual analysis of funerary (Dijkstra, Jones, de Jong, Milka, Panagiotopoulou, Voutsaki,) as well as skeletal and bioarchaeological data (Jones, Panagiotopoulou, Voutsaki). We have set up an informal discussion group on Mortuary Studies and have regular meetings. The research chair has a coherent research profile which places the emphasis on the integration of theory and method, the combination of traditional archaeological methods and scientific techniques, but also the integration of archaeological evidence and historical sources (for the historical periods). Finally, members of the chair have a special interest in the history of the discipline, and its relevance in the modern world.

Therefore, the chair of Greek Archaeology both extends and complements traditional interests of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (landscape, ecology, methodology; Italy and Northern Europe) by adding an emphasis on culture, society, and theory, thereby enriching the GIA research profile. View our current projects.

The Greek Archaeology research chair collaborates closely with the chair on Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, but also shares research interests with the research chair Pre- and Protohistory of Northern Europe. We also have close links with the Departments of Ancient History and Classical Studies as well as with CRASIS, the interfaculty research institute dedicated to the study of Graeco-Roman Antiquity at the University of Groningen. At the same time, because of our interest in bioarchaeology, we also work together with the Centre of Isotope Research in Groningen.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. C.W. (Corien) Wiersma Greek Prehistory - Bronze Age architecture Reconstructing the urbanization of the Mycenaean town at Ayios Vasilios


T.M. (Tamara) Dijkstra MA 2012-2016 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki and Prof. dr. O.M. van Nijf Civic and Cultural Identities in a Changing World. Analyzing the mortuary practices of the postclassical Peloponnese
O.A. (Olivia) Jones MA 2012-2016 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki Mycenaean Burial Traditions of Achaea: An Anthropological and Bioarchaeological Approach
V. (Vana) Kalenderian MSc 2014-2018 Dr. Lidewijde de Jong and Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki

‘Resurrecting’ Beyrtus: Osteoarchaeological Analysis and an Ev aluation of Mortuary Practices and Cultural Exchange (1st century BC – 5th century AD)

E. (Liz) Lawton-Matthews 2014-2018 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki, Prof. dr. Andrzej Weber (University of Alberta) and Hirofumi Kato (Hokkaido University Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Studies) Exploring Hunter-Gatherer Social Complexity in Northeast Asia
Drs. E. (Eleni) Milka 2003-2007 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki

Mortuary differentiation and social structure in the Middle Helladic Argolid

E. (Eleni) Panagiotopoulou MSc 2012-2016 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki and Prof. dr. H. van der Plicht The transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Greece: isotopic analysis of skeletal remains from sites of Central Greece
I.L. (Iris) Rom MA 2017-2021 Prof. dr. S. Voutsaki and Prof. dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden (University of Amsterdam) Mortuary practices and the expression of social relationships in west mainland Greece during the Middle Helladic period (2100-1700 BC)

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