Cyprian Broodbank
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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

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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