School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Guy Middleton

Visiting Fellow



I am interested in all aspects of the ancient world and world archaeology. My major specific interests are 1) the archaeology of Late Bronze Age Greece, the Aegean, and the eastern Mediterranean, and the transition to the Early Iron Age, 2) the archaeology, historiography, and discourses of collapse and resilience (including climate and the environment), 3) women in ancient history, 4) historiography, narratives, and counternarratives.

Current and Recent Projects

I am currently engaged in variety of projects on Mycenaean Greece, heritage and memory, on collapse and resilience, sometimes with reference to climate and the environment, and on environmental determinism in archaeology. One is an edited book entitled Collapse and Transformation: The Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in the Aegean (Oxbow) and another is a book entitled Women of the Ancient Mediterranean (Cambridge University Press), I am a senior researcher on Project KREAS at Charles University, Prague, where I am based in the Czech Institute of Egyptology. I also work with the Climate Change in History Research Initiative, based at Princeton.

My recently published works include 'Bang or whimper' (Science) and 'Should I stay or should I go? Mycenaeans, migration, and mobility in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age eastern Mediterranean' (Journal of Greek Archaeology), and the book Understanding Collapse: Ancient History and Modern Myths (CUP, 2017).

I have been an invited speaker/workshop/panel member at Charles University, Prague, as a guest of the Director of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Princeton University as a guest of Timothy Newfield and John Haldon (Climate Change in History Research Initiative), at the Centre for Existential Risk, Cambridge University, and at the Conference for World Affairs, Boulder University, Colorado (guest of Charles Newman and Arthur Joyce).

Positions Held

  • Senior Researcher, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Charles University, Prague (Project KREAS)
  • Visiting Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University (2008-2015)
  • Associate Lecturer, Northumbria University (2003-present)


  • PhD ('The collapse of palatial society in LBA Greece and the postpalatial period'), Durham University
  • MA Museum Studies, Newcastle University (distinction)
  • MEd (Applied Linguistics), Open University
  • BA(Hons) Humanities with English Language, Open University (first class)
  • BA(Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology, Newcastle University (first class)


I currently work as an Associate Lecturer in Academic Language Skills at Northumbria University, Newcastle.