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Dr Philip Boyes

Dr Philip Boyes

Research Associate, ERC ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project

CREWS Project
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Research Interests

The East Mediterranean and especially the Levant in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age; trade and cultural interaction; the archaeology of writing systems.

As a member of the CREWS Project led by Dr Philippa Steele, my postdoctoral work explores the context of writing at Ugarit, and especially the creation and use of the Ugaritic alphabetic cuneiform script in the Late Bronze Age. It will combine archaeological, epigraphic and linguistic approaches to situate Ugaritic writing within its social and cultural context and explore its relationship to other Levantine writing systems.

My doctoral research, ‘Social Change in “Phoenicia” in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age transition’ assessed the area corresponding roughly to modern Lebanon from around the 13th to 10th centuries BC and examined social change; in particular the region’s relationship to the wider picture of ‘collapse’ and instability in the East Mediterranean at this time. Theoretical issues considered included the nature and definitions of social change, methodologies for exploring poorly-attested archaeological periods, and the use of textual sources in early historical periods.

Key Publications

Social Change in ‘Phoenicia’ in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age Transition. PhD Dissertation. University of Cambridge (2013). DOI:

‘“The King of the Sidonians”: Phoenician Ideologies and the Myth of the Kingdom of Tyre-Sidon’. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 365, 33-44 (2012) DOI:

Upcoming events

Aesop's Forest: The Owl and the Grasshopper

Apr 04, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Art Blast

Apr 05, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

J.H Gray Lectures 2018

May 08, 2018

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Senior Research Fellowship, All Souls College, Oxford

Feb 28, 2018

The Faculty congratulates Dr Lucia Prauscello, Reader in Greek Literature and Language, on her appointment to a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.

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Feb 09, 2018

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Feb 08, 2018

Dr Galanakis has been elected to a regular membership of The Archaeological Society at Athens, the oldest archaeological organisation in Greece established in 1837.

The CREWS project at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Jan 17, 2018

The CREWS project has collaborated with the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum to produce a fantastic display.

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