Christos Giamakis

BA, MA

Department of Archaeology

Research Student

Thesis- ‘Warrior burials’ in Archaic Macedonia: Identity, Power and Ideology

Chris Giamakis
cgiamakis1@sheffield.ac.uk

Full contact details

Christos Giamakis
Department of Archaeology
Minalloy House
Regent Street
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Qualifications
  • 2018- MA Ancient History – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • 2015- BA History and Archaeology – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
Research interests

Thesis- ‘Warrior burials’ in Archaic Macedonia: Identity, Power and Ideology

Thesis Abstract

My research will focus on the social structure of Archaic Macedonia through examination of the material record and especially the so-called ‘warrior burials’.

Elite identities displayed in death will be discussed in relation to the rise to new powers. Previous studies have focused on either classical Macedonian kingship or on socio-political hierarchies elsewhere in the Archaic Greek world, leaving the emergence of royal power in Macedonia poorly understood.

The distinctive ‘warrior burials’ which appeared more or less simultaneously at a small number of sites across Macedonia, offer a key guide to evolving socio-political hierarchies in this crucial historical period.

Ancient Macedonia is famous for Alexander the Great but its origins as a state start centuries earlier. While previous studies have focused on either classical Macedonian kingship or on socio-political hierarchies elsewhere in the Archaic Greek world, the emergence of royal power in Macedonia remains poorly understood.

This project will rectify this, charting the social and political development of early Macedonia by investigating the role of funerary display in the development of elite networks. Elite identities constructed by different types of burial will be discussed in relation to the rise to power of a new elite group.

During this period a number of distinctive ‘warrior burials’ appeared more or less simultaneously at a small number of sites across various regions of Macedonia. By comparing and contrasting these with other burials in the same region, this project will examine the creation and development of socio-political hierarchies.

Furthermore, the possible link between this new elite group and military expansion will be explored. In this way, my project will address power, ideology, and the origins of kingship in Macedonia using modern anthropological theories of social and political organisation.

Grants
  • 2018 – Present- Doctoral Academy maintenance award, University of Sheffield
  • 2018 – Present- White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities AHRC competition studentship
  • 2017- Scholarship of Excellence, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Teaching activities
  • ​​​​​​Spring 2020 & Spring 2019- AAP110 Classical World and Its Legacy – Graduate Teaching Assistant (undergraduate)
  • Autumn 2019- AAP6073 Current Issues in Aegean Prehistory – Tutor (postgraduate)
  • Autumn 2019- AAP116 Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism – Graduate Teaching Assistant (undergraduate)
Professional activities
  • September 2019 – Present- Chair of the organising committee, Tuesday Lunchtime Lecture Series, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
  • September 2019 – Present- Student Representative, White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Partnership Advisory Board.
  • January 2019 – Present- Deputy Editor, Assemblage, The Sheffield Graduate Journal of Archaeology.
  • October 2018 – Present- Archaeology in the City, University of Sheffield Public Engagement.
Conference Papers
  • 13 January 2020- ‘Warrior’ burials in Archaic Macedonia, Noctua Research Seminars, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (invited speaker).
  • 20 November 2019- ‘Status reflected through weapons: The case of Archaic Greece’, Medieval and Ancient Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, Research seminars (invited speaker).
  • 26 September 2019- ‘The role of weapons in the construction of a symbolic community: The case studies of Eretria and Archontiko in Ancient Greece’, Weapons in Society Conference, Royal Armouries Museum Leeds.
  • 18-19 January 2019- ‘Warrior graves in Archaic Macedonia: New approaches’, Graduate Colloquium of the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
  • 6-7 November 2017- ‘The warrior’s identity’, 1st Panhellenic Graduate Symposium on Ancient History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  • 19 January 2017- ‘Big Man, Chief, Basileus?’4th Graduate Colloquium of the Department of Ancient Greek & Roman, Byzantine and Medieval History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.