Dr Matthew Haysom
Lecturer Ancient History & Archaeology
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Archaeology of Religion and Ritual; Comparative Archaeology of Social Complexity; Household Archaeology; Archaeology of Greece
Office (2.27) Hours
2016/17 Semester 1: Tuesdays 2-3pm and Wednesdays 12-2pm
Knossos Curator, British School at Athens (2012-2015)
Lecturer (UTO), University of Cambridge (2010-2012)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Lake Forrest College (2009-2010)
A.G. Leventis Research Fellow, British School at Athens (2006-2009)
Macmillan Rodewald Student, British School at Athens (2004-2005)
D.Phil. in Archaeology, University of Oxford
M.St. in Literae Humaniores, University of Oxford
MA in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
ResearchMy primary research interest is the archaeology of religion from the Bronze Age down to the Classical period. My interest is twofold. Religion is traditionally seen as one of the most difficult topics for non-text assisted archaeologists to approach. It is, therefore, a fascinating proving-ground for the development of methodologically robust interpretive approaches. At the same time, religion is a nexus for many other elements of social, economic and political change, making it an opportune focus for holistic attempts at the reconstruction of ancient societies and their dynamics. Thus far, my research has focused on Crete, which is the most extensively excavated and surveyed region of modern Greece. It has touched upon all periods from the Late Bronze Age through to the Hellenistic period, although it has been focused on the former. Throughout this time-frame Crete has a rich archaeological record with minimal textual records making it an important case study for archaeological approaches to Greek antiquity.
ARA2016 Archaeologies of Greece
CAH2020 Greek and Roman Religions
ARA1027 Introduction to Archaeology
CAH1012 West meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-323 BC
CAC1012 Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology
CAH2006 In Alexander's Footsteps: Classical and Hellenistic Empires
CAH2009 Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries
CAH2013 Sex, Bodies and Identities in Antiquity
CAH3000 Portfolio in Ancient History II: Dissertation
ARA3100 The Rise of the Middle Sea
CAC8000 Research Skills and Dissertation Training
ARA8090 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology
- Haysom M. Recent research into Minoan extra-urban sanctuaries. Archaeological Reports 2015, 61, 94-103.
- Haysom M. Crete (prehistoric to Hellenistic). Archaeological Reports 2014, 60, 81-87.
- Haysom M. Crete (Iron Age to Hellenistic). Archaeological Reports 2013, 59, 68-76.
- Haysom M. Review of: Cline E. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean. Journal of Hellenic Studies 2013, 133, 256-7.
- Haysom M, Wallensten J, ed. Current Approaches to Religion in Ancient Greece. Stockholm: The Swedish Institute at Athens, 2011.
- Haysom M. Fish and ships: Neopalatial seascapes in context. In: G. Vavouranakis, ed. The Seascape in Aegean Prehistory. Aahus: Aarhus University Press, 2011.
- Haysom M. Review of: Privitera S. Case e rituali a Creta nel period neopalaziale (Tripodes 9). Classical Review 2011, 61, 253-4.
- Haysom M. The strangeness of Crete: problems for the protohistory of Greek religion. In: Current Approaches to Religion in Ancient Greece. 2011, Athens, Greece: The Swedish Institute at Athens.
- Haysom M. Review of: Berg, Ina. Negotiating Island Identities: the Active use of Pottery in the Middle and Late Bronze Age Cyclades. Journal of Hellenic Studies 2010, 130, 244-6.
- Haysom M. The double-axe: a contextual approach to the interpretation of a Cretan symbol in the Neopalatial period. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 2010, 29(1), 35-55.
- Haysom M. In what context? Competing and complementary approaches to contextual analysis in the study of Minoan religion. In: Cult in Context: Comparative Approaches to Prehistoric and Ethnographic Religious Practices. 2007, Cambridge: Oxbow.