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 (including climate and the environment), 3) women in ancient history, 4) historiography, narratives, and counternarratives.

Current and Recent Projects

I am currently working on a new introduction to the archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Aegean and a book entitled Women of the Ancient Mediterranean for Cambridge University Press, I am also editing a book Collapse and Transformation: The Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in the Aegean (Oxbow). I have recently been appointed a senior researcher on a project on past climate and cultures at Charles University Prague.

My recently published work includes the book Understanding Collapse: Ancient History and Modern Myths (CUP, 2017), an essay in Reviews in Anthropology ('The show must go on: Collapse, resilience, and transformation in 21st-century archaeology', 2017), and a paper on emotion in Mycenaean funerals (Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36(4): 395-412). I also wrote an essay 'Do civilisations collapse?' for Aeon.

Forthcoming work includes the Oxford Classical Dictionary entry on the Late Bronze Age collapse, a chapter on collapse in archaeology and popular culture (Routledge), chapters on Aegean ceremonial weapons (Wiley-Blackwell), on climate change and collapse and migration narratives in the Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean (Taylor and Francis and Harrasowitz Verlag), and an extended article in the Journal of Greek Archaeology.

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

  • Visting 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.