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Dr Yannis Galanakis

Dr Yannis Galanakis

Lecturer in Classics (Classical Art & Archaeology)

Director, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Fellow and Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Office Phone: 01223 761004

Research Interests

  • The archaeology and art of Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean.
  • Mortuary archaeology.
  • Museum studies, ethics, and archaeological practice.
  • Collecting and displaying the past and object biographies.
  • 19th-century antiquities trafficking and archaeological legislation.
  • Integration of material, textual, historical and scientific-based research.

I am currently directing the publication of a number of Late Bronze Age tombs from Thessaly, Messenia and Crete. I am also working on two monographs: the first is based on my doctoral research and is provisionally entitled Power of Death. Funerary Architecture and Practice in the Aegean, 1700-1000 BC. The second stems from my work at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where I was the Curator for the Aegean Collections and the Sir Arthur Evans Archive, and a Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. It focuses on Tomb Robbers, Art Dealers and the Trafficking of Antiquities: Greek Archaeology under the First Archaeological Law, 1834-1899. With the Herakleion Museum, Crete, I am involved in the final publication of the ‘Palm Fresco’ from the Throne Room at the Palace at Knossos and with Professor V. Aravantinos and Dr Y. Fappas on the publication of a recently discovered Mycenaean building at Thebes in central Greece.

Key Publications

Publications

1. Edited Books

2014 [with T. Wilkinson and J. Bennet] ATHYRMATA:Critical Essays on the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in Honour of E. Susan Sherratt, Oxford: Archaeopress.

2013 The Aegean World. A Companion Guide to the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean Collections in the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford and Athens: Ashmolean Museum and Kapon Editions.

2011 [with A. Kottaridi and S. Walker] Heracles to Alexander the Great. Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, Oxford: Ashmolean Museum.

2009 [with G. Deligiannakis] The Aegean and its Cultures. Proceedings of the First Oxford–Athens Graduate Workshop Organized in Oxford, 22-23 April 2005, BAR-IS 1975, Oxford: Archaeopress.

2007 [with I. Galanaki, H. Tomas and R. Laffineur] Between the Aegean and Baltic Seas: Prehistory across Borders (Aegaeum 27), Liège and Texas at Austin: Université de Liège.

2. In Press

‘‘Spy-hunter as Antiquary’: Major A.G. Wade and his British Salonika Force collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford’, in Shapland, A. (ed.), Archaeology behind the battle lines: Macedonia 1915–1919, London.

‘Death and Burial in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age’, in Lemos, I.S. and Kotsonas, A. (eds.), The Archaeology of Early Greece and the Mediterranean, A Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion, Oxford.

‘Fire, fragmentation, and the body in the Late Bronze Age Aegean’, in Mina, M., Triantaphyllou, S. and Papadatos, Y. (eds.), Embodied Identities in the Prehistoric Eastern Mediterranean: Convergence of Theory and Practice, Oxford: Oxbow.

3. Articles

2015 ‘Exhibiting the Minoan Past: From Oxford to Knossos’, in Cappel, S., Günkel-Maschek, U. and Panagiotopoulos, D. (ed.), Minoan Archaeology. Perspectives for the 21st Century, Louvain, 17-34.

2015 ‘“Islanders v. Mainlanders”, “the Mycenae Wars”, & other short stories’, in Vogeikoff-Brogan, N., Florou, V. and Davis, J. (eds.), Carl W. Blegen. Personal and Archaeological Narratives, Atlanta, 99-120.

2014 ‘Arthur Evans and the quest for the “origins of Mycenaean culture”, in Galanakis, Y., Wilkinson, T. and Bennet, J. (eds.), ΑΘΥΡΜΑΤΑ: Critical Essays on the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in Honour of E. Susan Sherratt, Oxford, 85-98.

2014 ‘L’histoire de l’archéologie cycladique’, in Boucher, A. (ed.), La Grèce des origines: entre rêve et archéologie, Paris, 28-30.

2013 ‘Early prehistoric research on Amorgos and the beginnings of Cycladic archaeology’, American Journal of Archaeology 117:2, 181-205 (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3764/aja.117.2.0181).

2013 [with D. Hicks] ‘Chapter 15. The Aegean and Cyprus’, in Hicks, D. and Stevenson, A. (eds.), World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization, Oxford, 312-335.

2013 [with Z. Kamash, L. Shipley and S. Skaltsa] ‘Chapter 16. Iron Age and Roman Italy’, in Hicks, D. and Stevenson, A. (eds.), World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization, Oxford, 336-357.

2013 [with M. Nowak-Kemp] ‘Ancient Greek skulls in the Oxford University Museum, Part II: the Rhousopoulos-Rolleston correspondence’, Journal of the History of Collections 25:1, 1-17 (http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/1/1).  

2013  [with M. Stamatopoulou] ‘A preliminary report on the archival material from the excavations of the tholos tomb at Ano Dranista (Ano Ktimeni) in Thessaly by A.S. Arvanitopoulos (1911)’, in Mazarakis-Ainian, A. (ed.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference ‘The Archaeological Work in Thessaly and Central Greece, 2007-2009’, Volos, 205-218.

2013 21 entries by invitation in Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopaedia of Ancient History  edited by Bagnall, R.S., Brodersen, K., Champion, C.B., Erskine, A. and Huebner, S.R.: ‘Berbati’ (pp. 1088-1089), ‘Dendra’ (pp. 2034-2035), Dhimini (p. 2062), Gla (p. 2923), Iolkos (p. 3485), Korakou (pp. 3810-3811), Lerna (p. 4022), Menelaion (p. 4437), Midea (pp. 4494-4495), Mycenae (pp. 4647-4650), Mycenaean archaeology (pp. 4650-4653), Mycenaean society and culture (pp. 4653-4658), Nichoria (pp. 4779-4780), Perati (pp. 5146-5147), Phylakopi (p. 5310), Prosymna (p. 5592), Sesklo (p. 6174), Thebes [with I. Fappas] (pp. 6648-6651), Tsoungiza (p. 6882), Vapheio (pp. 6947-6948), Zygouries (p. 7188).

2012  [with S. Skaltsa] ‘Tomb robbers, art dealers and a dikast’s pinakion from an Athenian grave’, Hesperia 81:4, 619-653 (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.81.4.0619).

2012 ‘“University Professor–Antiquities Looter”: A 19th-century Athens art dealer and the trafficking of antiquities in Greece under the first archaeological law. Part II’, The Anglo-Hellenic Review no. 46 (Autumn), 3-5.

2012 ‘“University Professor–Antiquities Looter”: A 19th-century Athens art dealer and the trafficking of antiquities in Greece under the first archaeological law. Part I’, The Anglo-Hellenic Review no. 45 (Spring), 7-10.

2012 [with M. Nowak-Kemp] ‘Ancient Greek skulls in the Oxford University Museum, Part I: George Rolleston, Oxford, and the formation of the human skulls collection’, Journal of the History of Collections 24:1, 89–104 (http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/1/89).

2012 ‘Digitizing the Ashmolean’s Linear B tablets from Knossos’, The Ashmolean 64 (Summer), 9-11 (http://sirarthurevans.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/collection/linearb/).

2011 ‘An unpublished stirrup jar from Athens and the 1871-1872 private excavations in the outer Kerameikos’, Annual of the British School at Athens 106, 167–200 ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0068245411000074).

2011 ‘Mnemonic landscapes and monuments of the past: tumuli, tholos tombs and landscape associations’, in Borgna, E. and Müller-Celka, S. (eds.), Ancestral Landscapes: Burial mounds in the Copper and Bronze Ages (Central and Eastern Europe – Balkans – Adriatic – Aegean, 4th-2nd millennium BC)Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée TMO vol. 58, Lyon, 219–229 (http://www.aegeussociety.org/images/uploads/pdf/Galanakis_Tumuli_2011.pdf).

2011 ‘Late Bronze Age tholos tombs in West Crete: some architectural observations’, in Andreadaki-Vlasaki, M. (ed.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Cretan Studies, Section A2, Chania, 591–607.

2011 18 entries by invitation for the exhibition catalogue: Siebenmorgen, H. (ed.), Kykladen.Lebenswelten einer frühgriechischen Kultur, 3 December 2011 to 22 April  2012, Badischen Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, p. 259 (entry no. 37), pp. 272-275 (entries nos. 66a-k), p. 306 (entry no. 106), pp. 319-320 (entries nos. 118-120).

2010 ‘The Knossos Throne Room: shedding new light on an old problem’, The Ashmolean 59, 9-10.

2009 ‘What’s in a word? The manifold character of the term koiné and its uses in Aegean prehistory’, in Galanakis, Y. and Deligiannakis, G. (eds.), Aegean Cultures. Proceedings of the First Oxford-Athens Graduate Workshop, Oxford, 5–11.

2008 ‘Doing Business: two unpublished letters from Athanasios Rhousopoulos to Arthur Evans in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, in Kurtz, D. with Meyer, C., Saunders, D. Tsingarida, A. and Harris, N. (eds.), Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007, The Beazley Archives Series vol. 4, Oxford, 297–309.

2007 ‘The construction of the Aegisthus tholos tomb at Mycenae and the “Helladic Heresy”’, Annual of the British School at Athens 102, 239–256 (http://www.jstor.org/stable/30245251).

2005 [with J. Bennet] ‘Parallels and Contrasts: early Mycenaean mortuary traditions in Messenia and Lakonia’, in Dakouri-Hild, A. and Sherratt, S. (eds.), Autochthon. Papers presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the occasion of his retirement, Oxford, 144–155.

4. Online publications

2012 ‘The Sir Arthur Evans Archive’, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford: http://sirarthurevans.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/

2012 ‘On Her Majesty’s Service: C. L. W. Merlin and the Sourcing of Greek Antiquities for the British Museum’, E-Journal, Center for Hellenic Studies (Fall 2012 Research Colloquium): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hlnc.essay:GalanakisY.On_Her_Majestys_Service.2012

2012 ‘“Insignificant”, “superfluous”, and “useless”: legal antiquities for export?’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletinhttp://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2012/12/31/insignificant-superfluous-and-useles s-legal-antiquities-for-export/

2012 ‘To Serve and to Source: a consul at the service of the British Museum’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletinhttp://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2012/11/29/to-serve-and-to-source-a-trading-con sul-at-the-service-of-the-british-museum/

2012 ‘Of grave hunters and earth contractors: a look at the private archaeology of Greece’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletinhttp://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2012/11/15/of-grave-hunters-earth-contractors-a -look-at-the-private-archaeology-of-greece/

2012 ‘University Professor – Antiquities Looter ?’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletinhttp://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2012/10/31/university-professor-antiquities-loo ter/

2012 ‘Guns, Drugs, and the trafficking of antiquities: archaeology in 19th-century Greece’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletinhttp://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2012/10/17/guns-drugs-and-the-trafficking-of-an tiquities-archaeology-in-19th-century-greece/

2012 ‘Sir Arthur Evans, the Ashmolean, and the display of Minoan Crete’, British Museum’s Knossos Day, London, 12 November 2011: www.bsa.ac.uk/pages/media_drill.php?cat_id=95&media_id=IT2012_11.mp4

2011 ‘Re-thinking Marathon: Two ‘Memorabilia’ from the Battle of Marathon at the Pitt-Rivers’, in Petch, A. (ed.), Rethinking Pitt-Rivers. Analyzing the activities of a nineteenth century collector, Oxford: web.prm.ox.ac.uk/rpr/index.php/object-biography-index/1-prmcollection/648-marathon-spea rheads

2010 ‘The new Aegean World Gallery in the redeveloped Ashmolean Museum’: www.aegeussociety.org/gr/index.php/excavations-and-research/galanakis-the-new-aegean -world-gallery-/

5. Reviews

2014 S. Privitera (2013): ‘Principi, Pelasgi e pescatori: L'Attica nella Tarda Età del Bronzo’, The American Journal of Archaeology 118.4: http://www.ajaonline.org/online-review-book/1870

2012 N. Demand (2011): ‘The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History’, The Anglo-Hellenic Review 46, 23. 

2012 J. Bintliff (2012): ‘The Complete Archaeology of Greece. From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century A.D.’, The Anglo-Hellenic Review 46, 23-24.

2009 C. Gere (2009): ‘Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism’, The Art Newspaper vol. XVIII, no. 208 (December 2009), 44.

2009 J. Soles (2008): ‘Mochlos IIA. Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery. The Sites’, Bryn Mawr 9/11/2009: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-11-12.html

2007: C. Gallou (2005): 'The Mycenaean Cult of the Dead', Journal of Hellenic Studies 127, (2007), 212-213.

Upcoming events

Sometimes all that glitters is gold

Oct 10, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

Mycenaean Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Literature Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 17, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 18, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

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New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October. To reserve your place please reply to pylos.lecture@classics.cam.ac.uk by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

Vacancy - Research Associate (Archaeology)

Aug 30, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate (Archaeology) from 01 November 2016. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, “Oedipus the Atheist”, on Friday 14 October at 5pm in the Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

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