Carl Knappett


Title:  Walter Graham / Homer Thompson Chair in Aegean Prehistory

Rank:  Professor

Degrees and Institutions from which they were received:

BA and MA, Archaeology, St John’s College, University of Cambridge

PhD, Archaeology, St John’s College, University of Cambridge


Areas of Academic Interest:

Aegean Bronze Age political economies and geopolitics; Minoanisation in the Cyclades, Dodecanese and Asia Minor; Minoan pottery, particularly from the Middle and early Late Bronze Age; the Minoan harbour site of Palaikastro (site co-director); ceramic fabrics and technologies; material culture studies, including approaches drawing on cognitive science, ecological psychology and Peircean semiotics; regional interaction and social network analysis

for my Aegean Material Culture Laboratory, see


Current Research:

completing ‘From First to Second Palace at Knossos: an integrated ceramic and architectural study of Evans’s MM III deposits from the Palace of Minos’, with Colin Macdonald and Iro Mathioudaki, for British School at Athens Studies series.



FAH2017        Art and Archaeology of the Everyday

FAH2018       Art of the Aegean Bronze Age: Contemporary Perspectives

FAH 206         Prehistoric Aegean and East Mediterranean Art and Archaeology
FAH 303         Emergence of Greek Civilization


Publications (selected):


Knappett, C. (ed.) 2013. Network Analysis in Archaeology: New Approaches to Regional Interaction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Macdonald, C.F. and C. Knappett (ed.) 2013. Intermezzo: Intermediacy and Regeneration in Middle Minoan III Crete. London: British School at Athens Studies 21.

Knappett, C. and T.F. Cunningham, 2012. Block M at Palaikastro: The Proto- and Neopalatial Town. Excavations 1986-2003. London: British School at Athens Supplementary Volume 47.

Knappett, C. 2011. An Archaeology of Interaction: Network Perspectives on Material Culture and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Knappett. C. and L. Malafouris (eds.), 2008. Material Agency: Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach. New York: Springer.

Macdonald, C.F., and C. Knappett, 2007. Knossos: Protopalatial deposits in Early Magazine A and the South-west Houses. London: British School at Athens Supplementary Volume no. 41.

Knappett, C. 2005. Thinking Through Material Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Poursat, J-C., and C. Knappett, 2005. Le Quartier Mu IV. La Poterie du Minoen Moyen II: Production et Utilisation. Paris: Etudes Crétoises 33.



Knappett, C. 2012. 'Materiality', in I. Hodder (ed.), Archaeological Theory Today, 2nd ed, 188-207. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Knappett, C. 2012. 'Meaning in miniature: semiotic networks in material culture', in M. Jessen, N. Johansen and H. Jensen (eds.) Excavating the Mind,  87-109. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Knappett, C., Evans, T. and R. Rivers, 2011. 'The Theran eruption and Minoan palatial collapse: new interpretations gained from modelling the maritime network', Antiquity 85, 1008-1023.

Knappett, C. 2011. 'Networks of objects, meshworks of things', in T. Ingold (ed.), Redrawing Anthropology: Materials, Movements, Lines, 45-63. Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception, Ashgate.

Knappett, C., Evans, T. and R. Rivers, 2008. ‘Modelling maritime interaction in the Aegean Bronze Age’, Antiquity.  82, 1009-24.

Knappett, C. and I. Nikolakopoulou, 2008. ‘Colonialism without colonies? A Bronze Age case study from Akrotiri, Thera,’ Hesperia 77, 1-42.

Knappett, C. 2008. ‘The material culture of Protopalatial Crete’, in C. Shelmerdine (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age. Cambridge: CUP.

Professional Appointments/Awards:

Junior Research Fellow, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (1998-2003)

Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship (1999-2000)

Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter (2003-2008)

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (2006-)

International Scientific Committee for the Fondation Fyssen, Paris