Dr Susan Sherratt FSASue Sherratt

Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology

Director of the MA Aegean Archaeology

MA, DPhil

Email address: s.sherratt@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 22 20183

Department address:

Department of Archaeology
Northgate House
West Street
Sheffield
S1 4GH

Profile

Biography

I read Classics as an undergraduate at New Hall, Cambridge, and completed a DPhil on 12th century BC Mycenaean pottery at Somerville College, Oxford in 1982. I researched and taught in Oxford, based latterly in the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, for many years before coming to Sheffield in 2005.

Professional Roles

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Research

Research interests

My research interests are in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Aegean, Cyprus and the wider eastern Mediterranean, particularly in all aspects of trade and interaction within and beyond these regions.

I am also interested in exploring the ways in which the Homeric epics and the archaeological record can most usefully be combined.

Current and recent research projects/collaborations

Silver before coinage: a history of silver from the fifth millennium to the mid-first millennium BC
This project traces the history of silver from its beginnings in the 4th millennium BC in western Asia (roughly contemporary with the appearance of the Uruk urban centres) to the mid-1st millennium BC (shortly after the introduction of coinage), by which time silver resources were being exploited over a very wide area of the western Old World. Among other things, this history investigates and seeks to explain the social, cultural and economic processes by which silver became the elite metal of choice in southern Mesopotamia during the 4th millennium BC, and subsequently for ceremonial drinking equipment, as a standard and medium of exchange and eventually for coinage over a much wider area.

ArchAtlas
The web-based ArchAtlas project was founded by the late Andrew Sherratt in 2003, and transferred to the Department of Archaeology in 2005. Since his death I have acted as academic director, along with Debi Harlan and Toby Wilkinson exploring ways in which it can continue to develop as a useful tool for research and teaching. The project aims to provide a visual summary of spatial processes in prehistoric and early historic times, such as the spread of farming, the formation of trade contacts, and the growth of urban systems, and to illustrate the development of settlement history at a variety of scales. In partnership with other projects and groups, it also aims to create a scholarly digital atlas (eventually including sites, environments, cultures and chronologies). Visual essays which explore a range of archaeological problems and themes are published in the ArchAtlas Journal.

Other projects I am or have recently been involved in:

Sinop Regional Archaeological Project
A collaborative, interdisciplinary archaeological research project, directed by Professor Owen Doonan of California State University-Northridge and Dr Alex Bauer of Queens College, City University of New York. Its aim is to investigate long-term patterns of land use and settlement and communication networks in the Black Sea coastal region of Sinop, Turkey, from the inland valleys and mountains to the sea, by employing both extensive reconnaissance of its numerous ecological zones and intensive techniques of systematic survey and excavation in selected zones.

Palaepaphos Urban Landscape Project
This project, directed by Professor Maria Iacovou of the University of Cyprus, aims to trace the long-term development and topography of the urban centre of Palaepaphos in south-west Cyprus in the 2nd -1st millennia BC. It is also concerned with the development of a framework of principles in which modern development and the preservation of archaeological landscapes can co-exist.

Current research supervision:

  • Catania, Angela - The iconography of decorated larnakes pertaining to the late Bronze Age, originating from Crete
  • Olah, Dora - Marble figurines of the 3rd Millennium BC Aegean and south-west Anatolia
Publications

Monographs:

  • Catalogue of Cycladic Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum. The Captive Spirit. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Arthur Evans, Knossos and the Priest-King. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000.

Edited books:

  • Minotaur and Centaur. Studies in the Archaeology of Crete and Euboea presented to Mervyn Popham. Oxford: Tempus Reparatum, 1996 (with Doniert Evely and Irene S. Lemos).
  • Proceedings of the First International Symposium, The Wall Paintings of Thera. Athens: Thera Foundation, 2000.
  • Autochthon. Papers presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the Occasion of his Retirement. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2005 (with Anastasia Dakouri-Hild)
  • Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennia BC. Oxford: Oxbow, 2011 (with Toby C. Wilkinson and John Bennet)

Selected recent articles, etc.:

  • “Sinop Regional Archaeological Project: report on the 2010-2012 field seasons” in S. Steadman and G. McMahon (eds.), The Archaeology of Anatolia: Current Work, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015, 298-327 (with O. Doonan, A. Bauer, A. Casson, J. Feathers, M. Conrad, M. Besonen, E. Evren, K. Domzalski and A. Smokotina).
  • “Cyprus and the Near East: cultural contacts (1200-750 BC)” in A. Babbi, F. Bubenheimer-Erhart, B. Marin-Aguilera and S. Mühl (eds.), The Mediterranean Mirror. Cultural Contacts in the Mediterranean Sea between 1200 and 750 B.C., Mainz: Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum, 2015, 71-83.
  • "The ceramic phenomenon of the 'Sea Peoples': an overview" in A.E. Killebrew and G. Lehmann (eds), The Philistines and Other "Sea Peoples" in Text and Archaeology, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013, 619-44.
  • "Late Cypriot writing in context" in P.M. Steele (ed.), Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 77-105.
  • "Feasting and the consuming body in Bronze Age Crete and Early Iron Age Cyprus" in G. Cadogan, M. Iacovou, K. Kopaka and J. Whitley (eds), Parallel Lives. Ancient Island Societies in Crete and Cyprus, London: British School at Athens, 2012, 187-207 (with Yannis Hamilakis).
  • "The intercultural transformative capacities of irregularly appropriated goods" in J. Maran and P.W. Stockhammer (eds), Materiality and Social Practice. Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012, 152-72.
  • "Between theory, texts and archaeology: working with the shadows" in K. Duistermaat and I. Regulski (eds), Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean, Leuven: Peeters, 2011, 3-29.
  • “Greeks and Phoenicians: perceptions of trade and traders in the early 1st millennium BC” in A. Bauer and A. Agbe-Davies (eds), Trade as Social Interaction: New Archaeological Approaches, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2010, 119-42.
  • “The Aegean and the wider world: some thoughts on a world-systems perspective” in M. Galaty and W. Parkinson (eds), Archaic State Interaction: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age, Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2010, 81-106.
  • “Homer’s Trojan War: history or bricolage?” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 53:2 (2010), 1-18.

Full publications list

Monographs:
  • Catalogue of Cycladic Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum , Oxford : The Captive Spirit. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Arthur Evans, Knossos and the Priest-King. Oxford : Ashmolean Museum , 2000.
Edited Books:
  • Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennia BC. Oxford: Oxbow (with Toby C. Wilkinson and John Bennet)
  • Autochthon: Papers presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the occasion of his retirement . BAR Int. Series 1432. Oxford : Archaeopress, 2005 (with A. Dakouri-Hild).
  • Proceedings of the First International Symposium, The Wall Paintings of Thera. Athens : Thera Foundation, 2000.
  • Minotaur and Centaur: Studies in the archaeology of Crete and Euboea presented to Mervyn Popham. BAR Int. Series 638. Oxford : Tempus Reparatum, 1996 (with Doniert Evely and Irene S. Lemos)
Articles, etc.
  • “Sinop Regional Archaeological Project: report on the 2010-2012 field seasons” in S. Steadman and G. McMahon (eds.), The Archaeology of Anatolia: Current Work, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015, 298-327 (with O. Doonan, A. Bauer, A. Casson, J. Feathers, M. Conrad, M. Besonen, E. Evren, K. Domzalski and A. Smokotina).
  • “Cyprus and the Near East: cultural contacts (1200-750 BC)” in A. Babbi, F. Bubenheimer-Erhart, B. Marin-Aguilera and S. Mühl (eds.), The Mediterranean Mirror. Cultural Contacts in the Mediterranean Sea between 1200 and 750 B.C., Mainz: Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum, 2015, 71-83.
  • "The Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age" in I. Galanakis (ed.), The Aegean World: A Companion Guide to the Aegean Collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Athens: Kapon, 2013, 84-101.
  • "The ceramic phenomenon of the 'Sea Peoples': an overview" in A.E. Killebrew and G. Lehmann (eds), The Philistines and Other "Sea Peoples" in Text and Archaeology, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013, 619-44.
  • "'Mycenaean IIIC' and related pottery from Beth Shean" in A.E. Killebrew and G. Lehmann (eds), The Philistines and Other "Sea Peoples" in Text and Archaeology, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013, 349-92 (with A. Mazar and an appendix by A. Cohen-Weinberger)
  • "Late Cypriot writing in context" in P.M. Steele (ed.), Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 77-105.
  • "Feasting and the consuming body in Bronze Age Crete and Early Iron Age Cyprus" in G. Cadogan, M. Iacovou, K. Kopaka and J. Whitley (eds), Parallel Lives. Ancient Island Societies in Crete and Cyprus, London: British School at Athens, 2012, 187-207 (with Y. Hamilakis).
  • "The intercultural transformative capacities of irregularly appropriated goods" in J. Maran and P.W. Stockhammer (eds), Materiality and Social Practice. Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012, 152-72.
  • "'Globalisierung' vor 5000 Jahren" in Kykladen. Lebenswelten einer frühgriechischen Kultur, Exhibition Catalogue, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, 2011, 154-7.
  • "Late Helladic IIIC pottery based on the study of the Wash Levels against the Citadel Wall in the Citadel House Area" in E.B. French (ed.), Well Built Mycenae. Fascicule 16/17: The Post-Palatial Levels, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2011, 59-82.
  • "Artefacts" in M. Finkelberg (ed.), The Homer Encyclopedia, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, vol. I, 98-101.
  • "Learning to learn from Bronze Age pots: a perspective on forty years of Aegean ceramic studies in the work of J.B. Rutter" in W. Gauss, M. Lindblom, R.A.K. Smith and J.C. Wright (eds), Our Cups are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Papers Presented to Jeremy B. Rutter on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2011, 257-66.
  • "Between theory, texts and archaeology: working with the shadows" in K. Duistermaat and I. Regulski (eds), Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean, Leuven: Peeters, 2011, 3-29.
  • “The history of East Mediterranean and Aegean interaction: some when, how and why questions” in H. Matthäus, N. Oettinger and S. Schröder (eds.), Der Orient und die Anfänge Europas: kulturelle Beziehungen von der späten Bronzezeit bis zur frühen Eisenzeit, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011, 3-13.
  • “Greeks and Phoenicians: perceptions of trade and traders in the early 1st millennium BC” in A. Agbe-Davies and A. Bauer (eds), Trade as Social Interaction: New Archaeological Approaches, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2010, 119-42.
  • “The Aegean and the wider world: some thoughts on a world-systems perspective” in M. Galaty and W. Parkinson (eds), Archaic State Interaction: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age, Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2010, 81-106.
  • “Homer’s Trojan War: History or Bricolage?” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 53:2 (2010), 1-18.
  • “Representations of Knossos and Minoan Crete in the British, American and Continental press, 1900-c.1930” Creta Antica 10:2 (2009), 619-49.
  • "Imported Mycenaean IIIC pottery" in N. Panitz-Cohen and A. Mazar (eds), Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996. Vol. III: The 13th–11th Century BCE Strata in Areas N and S, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2009, 478-99.
  • “Vitreous Materials in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages: Some Questions of Values” in C.M. Jackson and E.C. Wager (eds), Vitreous Materials in the Late Bronze Age Aegean, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2008, 209-32.
  • “The Neolithic of Crete, as Seen from Outside” in V. Isaakidou and P. Tomkins (eds), Escaping the Labyrinth: The Cretan Neolithic in Context, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2008, 291-302 (with A. Sherratt).
  • "The Archaeology of metal use in the Early Bronze Age Aegean – a review" in Peter M. Day and Roger C.P. Doonan (eds.), Metallurgy in the Early Bronze Age Aegean. Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 7. Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2007, 245-63.
  • "The pottery" in D. Evely (ed.), Lefkandi IV. The Bronze Age. The Late Helladic IIIC settlement at Xeropolis, London: British School at Athens, 2006, 137-231 (with M. Popham and E. Schofield).
  • "LH IIIC Lefkandi: an overview", in D. Evely (ed.), Lefkandi IV. The Bronze Age. The Late Helladic IIIC settlement at Xeropolis, London: British School at Athens, 2006, 303-09.
  • "The chronology of the Philistine monochrome pottery - an outsider's view" in A.M. Maeir and P. de Miroschedji (eds.), `I Will Speak the Riddle of Ancient Times': Archaeological and Historical Studies in Honor of Amihai Mazar on the Occasion of
  • "High Precision Dating and Archaeological Chronologies: Revisiting an old problem" in Thomas E. Levy and Thomas Higham (eds.), The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating: Archaeology, Text and Science. London : Equinox, 2005, 114-25.
  • "Arthur Evans and the first of the Priest-Kings" in A. Dakouri-Hild and S. Sherratt (eds.), Autochthon. Papers presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the occasion of his retirement. BAR Int. Series. Oxford : Archaeopress, 2005, 229-41.
  • "Ethnicities´, `ethnonyms´ and archaeological labels. Whose ideologies and whose identities?" in Joanne Clarke (ed.), Archaeological Perspetives on the Transmission and Transformation of Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. Levant Suppl. Series 2. Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2005, 25-38.
  • "Archaeological contexts" in J.M. Foley (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Epic. Oxford : Blackwell, 2005, 119-41.
  • "Feasting in Homeric epic" in J.C. Wright (ed.), The Mycenaean feast. Hesperia Supplementary volume 73:2. Princeton : American School of Classical Studies at Athens , 2004, 181-217.
  • "The Aegean pottery", in D. Ussishkin, The Renewed Archaeological Excavations at Lachish (1973-1994) III, Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology, 2004, 1373-49 (with V. Hankey, E. French, P. Magrill, H. Hankey and J.E. Tomlinson).
  • "The Mediterranean economy: `globalization' at the end of the second millennium B.C.E." in W.G. Dever and S. Gitin (eds.), Symbiosis, symbolism, and the power of the past. Canaan, ancient Israel, and their neighbors from the Late Bronze Age through Roman Palaestina. Winona Lake : Eisenbrauns, 2003, 37-62.
  • "Visible writing: questions of script and identity in Early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus "Oxford Journal of Archaeology 22 (2003), 225-42.
  • " Troy in recent perspective" Anatolian Studies 52 (2002), 75-109 (with D.F. Easton , J.D. Hawkins and A.G. Sherratt).
  • "Technological change in the East Mediterranean Bronze Age: capital, resources and marketing" in A.J. Shortland (ed.), The social context of technological change. Egypt and the Near East, 1650-1550 [sic] BC . Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2001, 15-38 (with A. Sherratt).
  • "Potemkin palaces and route-based economies" in S. Voutsaki and J. Killen (eds.), Economy and Politics in the Mycenaean Palace States. Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume no. 27, 2001), 214-38.
  • "Circulation of metals and the end of the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean " in C.F.E. Pare (ed.), Metals make the world go round. The supply and circulation of metals in Bronze Age Europe. Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2000, 82-95.
  • "E pur si muove: pots, markets and values in the 2nd millennium Mediterranean " in J.-P. Crielaard, V. Stissi and G.-J. van Wijngaarden (eds.), Production and consumption of Mycenaean and Greek pottery (c. 1600-500 BC). Amsterdam : Brill, 1999, 163-211.
  • "`Sea Peoples' and the economic structure of the late second millennium in the eastern Mediterranean " in S. Gitin , A. Mazar and E. Stern (eds.), Mediterranean peoples in transition: thirteenth to early tenth centuries BCE. Jerusalem : Israel Exploration Society, 1998, 292-313.
  • "Small worlds: interaction and identity in the ancient Mediterranean " in E.H. Cline and D. Harris-Cline (eds.), The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium. Aegaeum 20. Liège: Université de Liège, 1998, 329-342 (with A. Sherratt)
  • "With us but not of us: the role of Crete in Homeric epic" in D. Evely, I.S. Lemos and S. Sherratt (eds.), Minotaur and centaur. Studies in the archaeology of Crete and Euboea presented to Mervyn Popham. BAR Int. Series 638. Oxford : Oxbow Books, 1996, 87-99.
  • "Commerce, iron and ideology: metallurgical innovation in 12th-11th century Cyprus " in V. Karageorghis (ed.), Cyprus in the 11th century BC. Nicosia : A.G. Leventis Foundation, 1994, 59-107.
  • "Comment on Ora Negbi, The `Libyan landscape' from Thera: a review of Aegean enterprises overseas in the Late Minoan IA period" Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 7 (1994), 237-40.
  • "Patterns of contact between the Aegean and Cyprus in the 13th and 12th centuries BC", Archaeologia Cypria 3 (1994), 35-46.
  • "The growth of the Mediterranean economy in the early first millennium BC" World Archaeology 24:3 (1993), 361-78 (with A. Sherratt).
  • "Immigration and archaeology: some indirect reflections" in P. Åström (ed.), Acta Cypria II, Jonsered: Åström, 1992, 316-47.
  • "Cypriot pottery of Aegean type in LC II-III: problems of classification, chronology and interpretation" in J. Barlow, D. Bolger and B. Kling (eds), Cypriot Ceramics: Reading the Prehistoric Record, Philadelphia: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1992, 185-96.
  • "From luxuries to commodities: the nature of Mediterranean Bronze Age trading systems" in N.H. Gale (ed.), Bronze Age Trade in the Mediterranean. SIMA 90. Jonsered: Ǻström, 1991, 351-86 (with A. Sherratt).
  • "`Reading the texts': archaeology and the Homeric question" Antiquity 64 (1990), 807-24. Reprinted: (1) in C. Emlyn-Jones, L. Hardwick and J. Purkis (eds.), Homer: readings and images. London : Duckworth, 1992, 144-65; (2) in I.J.F. de Jong (ed.), Homer: critical assessments. London : Routledge, 1999, vol. 2, 77-102; (3) in Gregory Nagy (ed.), The Oral Traditional Background of Ancient Greek Literature: Greek Literature. London : Routledge, 2001, 139-57.
  • "Note on two pots from Palaepaphos-Eliomylia Tomb 119", in V. Karageorghis, Tombs at Palaepaphos, Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation, 1990, 156-63.
  • "Palaepaphos-Teratsoudhia Tomb 105 Chamber B: Myc. IIIC:1b sherds", in V. Karageorghis, Tombs at Palaepaphos, Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation 1990, 108-22.
  • "The archaeology of Indo-European: an alternative view" Antiquity 62 (1988), 584-95 (with A. Sherratt).
  • "Mycenaean pottery from Cilicia in Oxford" Oxford Journal of Archaeology 6 (1987), 325-52 (with J.H. Crouwel).
  • "Patterns of contact: the manufacture and distribution of Mycenaean pottery, 1400-1100 BC", in J.G.P. Best and N.M.W. de Vries (eds), Interaction and Acculturation in the Mediterranean II, Amsterdam: B.R. Grüner, 1982, 179-95.
  • "Regional variation in the pottery of Late Helladic IIIB" Annual of the British School at Athens 75 (1980), 175-202.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • The Aegean in the Late Bronze Age
  • Emerging Europe: from Storage to Stonehenge and States
  • Towards Modernity: Anthropology, Archaeology and Colonialism
  • The Ancient Greek Economy

Postgraduate

Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

Director of the MA Aegean Archaeology