Cyprian Broodbank

Research Interests

My current interests focus on comparative approaches to the archaeology and history of all periods in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions (with a concentration to date on the early Aegean), the archaeology and ethnography of islands and seafaring from a global perspective, and the analysis of large-scale change in world prehistory. I am co-director of Kythera Island Project, an inter-disciplinary research programme based on a key stepping-stone island in the southwest Aegean, whose strategic aim is the exploration of insular dynamics from a long-term perspective, with a specific emphasis on the phenomenon of ‘minoanisation’. KIP is based around an intensive field survey supported by GIS, geoarchaeology, scientific analyses of pottery and metallurgical remains, as well as archival and botanical research. Current writing projects include The Making of the Middle Sea, an holistic interpretative synthesis of Mediterranean prehistory from the Lower Palaeolithic to the threshold of the Classical world, to be published in 2010 by Thames and Hudson. A previous book, An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades, won the James R. Wiseman Prize of the Archaeological Institute of America (2002) and Runciman Prize of the Anglo-Hellenic League and National Bank of Greece (2001). I have so far supervised 33 research students at the Institute (15 AHRB/C funded) on a wide range of Aegean, Mediterranean, island-based and other topics, and am currently particularly interested in formulating topics based on comparative approaches to the early Mediterranean.

Research Directory Records


  • Kythera Island Project is co-directed with Dr Evangelia Kiriatzi, Director of the Fitch Laboratory for Archaeological Science at the British School at Athens. The Project also involves scholars from the universities of Austin (TX), Cambridge, McMaster (Canada), Missouri (Columbia), Sheffield, Trent (Canada) and University College York, St John, as well as Conservation Without Borders, and the Antikythera Survey Project.
  • I am co-convenor with Olga Krzyszkowska (Institute of Classical Studies) and John Bennet (University of Sheffield) of the Mycenaean Seminar, the longest-established, most prominent regular forum for the presentation of research on Aegean Bronze Age and related subjects in the UK.

Educational Background

  • 1986 BA Oxford University, Faculty of Modern History
  • 1987 MA Bristol University, Department of Classics and Archaeology
  • 1996 PhD Cambridge University, Faculty of Classics

Professional History

  • 2007 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • 2007 Samuel H. Kress Lecturer in Ancient Art, Archaeological Institute of America
  • 2007 Visiting Scholar, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 2005 Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University
  • 2004 Institute for Aegean Prehistory Fellow in the Margo Tytus Visiting Fellowship Program, Department of Classics, Cincinnati University
  • 1993-2001 Lecturer in Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL
  • 1993-1995 Assistant Editor, Antiquity
  • 1991-1993 J.A. Pye Junior Research Fellow, University College, Oxford University
  • Broodbank, C. (2013). The Making of the Middle Sea. A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World. London & New York: Thames & Hudson.
  • Broodbank, C. (2013). "Minding the Gap": Thinking About Change in Early Cycladic Island Societies from a Comparative Perspective. American Journal of Archaeology 117, 535-543.
  • Broodbank, C. (2011). The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Andrew Sherratt. In J. Barrett, J. Bennet, T. Wilkinson, E.S. Sherratt (ed.) What Would a Bronze Age World-System Look Like? Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Broodbank, C. (2010). ‘Ships a-sail from over the rim of the sea’: voyaging, sailing and the making of Mediterranean societies c. 3500-500 BC. In A. Anderson, G. Barker (ed.) The Global Origins of Seafaring (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  • Broodbank, C. (2009). Braudel’s Bronze Age. In O. Krzyszkowska (ed.) Cretan Offerings: Studies in Honour of Peter Warren (British School at Athens Supplementary Studies). London: British School at Athens.
  • Broodbank,C. (2008). Not waving but drowning. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 3, 72-76
  • Broodbank,C. (2008). The Mediterranean and its hinterland. Chapter 23 in Cunliffe,B., Gosden,C., Joyce,R. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 677-722
  • Broodbank,C. (2008). Long after hippos, well before palaces: the culture and contexts of Neolithic Crete. Chapter 16 in Isaakidou,V., Tomkins,P. (ed.) Escaping the Labyrinth. Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology series. Oxford: Oxbow, 273-290
  • Broodbank,C. (2008). The Early Bronze Age in the Cyclades. Chapter 3 in Shelmerdine,C. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age. New York: Cambridge University Press, 47-76
  • Broodbank,C. (2007). The Pottery. Chapter 6 in Renfrew,C., Doumas,C., Marangou,L., Gavalas,G. (ed.) Keros, Dhaskalio-Kavos: The Investigations of 1987-1988. McDonald Institute Monographs series. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 115-237. ISBN: 9781902937494
  • Broodbank,C., Kiriatzi,E. (2007). The first 'Minoans' of Kythera re-visited: technology, demography, and landscape in the Prepalatial Aegean. American Journal of Archaeology 111(2), 241-274. ISSN: 0002-9114
  • Broodbank,C., Rehren, Th., Zianni,A.-M. (2007). Metallurgical analysis of material from the 1960’s excavations at Kastri, Kythera. Annual of the British School at Athens 102,
  • Broodbank,C. (2006). The origins and early development of Mediterranean maritime activity. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 19(2), . ISSN: 0952-7648
  • Broodbank,C., Kiriatzi,E., Rutter,J.B. (2005). From pharaoh’s feet to the slave-women of Pylos? The history and cultural dynamics of Kythera in the Third Palace period. in Dakouri-Hild,A., Sherratt,E.S. (ed.) Ace High: Studies Presented to Oliver Dickinson on the Occasion of His Retirement. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1432 series. Oxford: Archaeopress, 70-96. ISBN: 1 84171 868 8
  • Broodbank, C, (2004). Minoanisation, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 50: 46-91.
  • Broodbank, C, Bennet, J, Davis, J L, 2004. Aphrodite observed: insularity and antiquities on Kythera through outsiders eyes, in J. Cherry, C. Scarre & S. Shennan (eds.) Explaining Culture Change:Studies in Honour of Colin Renfrew, Cambridge: McDonald Institute, 227-39.
  • Broodbank, C, (2000). An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades. Cambridge University Press.
  • Broodbank, C, (2000). Perspectives on an Early Bronze Age island centre: an analysis of pottery from Daskaleio-Kavos (Keros) in the Cyclades, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 19, 323-42
  • Broodbank,C. (1999). Island dynamics and Minoan expansion in the Aegean: the Kythera Island Project. Archaeology International 1999/2000, 21-239. ISSN: 1463-1725
  • Broodbank, C, (1999). Colonization and configuration in the insular Neolithic of the Aegean, in P Halstead (ed), Neolithic Society in Greece (Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 2), 15-41. Sheffield Academic Press
  • Broodbank, C, (1999). Kythera survey: preliminary report on the 1998 season, Annual of the British School at Athens 94, 191-214

Current Students

  • Marina Milic Network dynamics of late Neolithic communities in the western Anatolia, the Balkans and the Mediterranean: a social and spatial approach through analysis of obsidian exchange (joint supervision with Andrew Bevan)
  • Denitsa Nenova Social and cultural dynamics in Thrace during the Late Bronze Age (joint supervision with Andrew Bevan)
  • Michele Massa Networks of interaction in EBA Anatolia (joint supervision with Andrew Bevan)

Second Supervisor

  • Flora Michelaki Mortuary architecture, depositional behaviour and social change in the tholos cemeteries of south-central Crete, 3000-1700 BC. (principal supervisor Todd Whitelaw)

 Recently completed students


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