Alan Johnston

  • MA, D.Phil., FSA
  • Emeritus Reader in Classical Archaeology
  • Chairman of the Publications committee of the British School at Athens.
  • Co-organiser of Classical Archaeology seminars at the Institute of Archaeology.

Research Interests


  • Collaborations with the BSA Fitch Laboratory
  • Working on Iron Age pottery from the excavations of the University of Toronto at Kommos, South Crete
  • Working with the Archaeological Museum Split on inscribed material from sailors' sanctuaries in the Adriatic
  • Studying Iron Age pottery from the Pediada survey, Central Crete, in collaboration with the University of the Aegean

Educational Background

  • 1950-1961 Bristol Grammar school
  • 1961-1969 Merton College, Oxford
  • 1961-1965 Postmaster in Classics
  • 1965-1967 Diploma in Classical Archaeology
  • 1967-1969 Postgraduate research, conducted in 1967-1968 at the British School at Athens.
  • 1971 D.Phil. degree awarded for a thesis on Trademarks on Greek Vases
  • 1969-1972 Assistant, then assistant lecturer in Classics, University College, Dublin.
  • 1972- Lecturer, Dept. Classical Archaeology (from 1992, of Greek Archaeology) University College, London
  • Johnston, A.W. (2007) Trademarks on Greek Vases.  Addenda.  Aris and Phillips, Oxford.
  • Johnston, A.W. (2006). The Delta; from Gamma to Zeta. in Villing,A., Schlotzhauer,U. (ed.) Naukratis: Greek Diversity in Egypt. London: British Museum Press, 23-30. ISBN: 0142 4815
  • Johnston, A.W. (2005). Kommos: further Iron Age pottery. Hesperia 74(3), 309-393
  • Johnston, A.W. (2005). Pots and tetrobols. Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 152, 115-120
  • Johnston, A. (2003). "The alphabet", in V. Karageorghis and N. Stambolidis (eds.), Interconnections in the Mediterranean, 1600-500 BC, Athens, University of Crete and Leventis Foundation, 249-76.
  • Johnston, A. (2003). " The graffiti", in E. Tealeaga and V. Zirra, Die Nekropole des 6-1 Jhs.v.Chr.von Istria Brent bei Histria (Rahden Westfalia, Marie Leidorf) 146.
  • Johnston, A. (2003). "Notes on two inscriptions on Cypriot statuettes", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 144 164-6.
  • Johnston, A. with Tina de Domingo, (2003). "A petrographic and chemical study of East Greek and other archaic transport amphorae", Eulimene 4
  • Johnston, A. 2002). Sailors and sanctuaries of the ancient Greek World. Archaeology International [5] 2001/2:25-28.
  • Johnston, A, (2000). The Greek and Latin inscriptions. Gravisca; scavi nel santuario greco, 15, 11-66. Le iscrizioni: Bari
  • Johnston, A, Czapo, E & Geoghan, D, (2000). The Inscriptions, Kommos IV, 100-134
  • Johnston, A & Souyoudzoglou-Hayward, C, (2000). Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Ireland, 1, University College Dublin & University College Cork
  • Johnston, A, (2000). Inscriptions on Pottery. Proceedings of Conference La Sicilia Epigrafica, Erice 1998, Ann.Sc.Norm.Pisa, 1999, 1-2, 407-415
  • Johnston, A,( 1993). Pre-classical Greece, in Sir John Boardman (ed), The Oxford History of Classical Art, 11 - 82. Oxford

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