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Professor Catherine Morgan

Senior Research Fellow since 2015
Professor of Classics and Archaeology, University of Oxford
My interests include the study of island societies in Classical antiquity, early Greek religion, and the development and transformation of political identities in the Archaic to Hellenistic Greek world. My current research is focused in the Ionian islands and north-western Greece, where I direct fieldwork on Ithaca on behalf of the British School at Athens and participate in field projects on Kephallonia, Leukas, and Meganisi. I am writing a book on the Ionian islands from the Archaic period to Roman times, examining such issues as the economic and political forces operating to unite or fragment the archipelago, the impact of colonisation, and the nature of migration and its effects upon the development of political communities.
I have two further areas of interest. The first is industrial archaeology in the Greek world. I co-direct a survey of the limestone quarries at Kenchreai in the eastern Corinthia which aims to reconstruct the history and organisation of stone extraction and the impact of over a millennium of quarry activity on local settlement and supply chains. The second is the history of archaeological research in Greece, most recently involving a collaboration with colleagues in the British Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and the Musée du Louvre to investigate the archaeological activities of the Allied armies on the Salonica Front during World War 1.
Professor Catherine Morgan
  • Background

    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2015)
    • Director, The British School at Athens (from 2007 to 2015)
    • Until 2005, Lecturer (subsequently Reader); since 2005, Professor in Classical Archaeology, King’s College London (from 1997)
    • Lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London (from 1992 to 1997)
  • Research interests

    • History and archaeology of Greece
    • Greek sanctuaries and religion
    • Politics and cultural identities
    • Early Greek poetry
    • Landscape archaeology
    • The Corinthia, the Corinthian Gulf, and Western Greece
    • Pottery production, technology, and use
  • Selected publications

    • (ed. with X. Charalambidou), Interpreting the Seventh Century BC. Tradition and Innovation (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017).
    • (ed. with F. MacFarlane), Exploring Ancient Sculpture. Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Waywell (London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2010).
    • (ed. with S. Hornblower), Pindar's Poetry, Patrons and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
    • Phanagoria Studies 1. Attic Fine Pottery of the Archaic to Hellenistic Periods in Phanagoria (Leiden: Brill, 2004).
    • Early Greek States Beyond the Polis (London: Routledge, 2003).
    • Isthmia VIII. The Mycenaean Settlement and Early Iron Age Sanctuary (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1999).
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Honorary Member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
    • Honorary Member, Archaeological Society of Athens
    • Corresponding Member, Archaeological Institute of America
  • Research awards and grants

    • Balkan Futures: 2012-15 (£108,000: British Academy Strategic Research Initiative; additional, matching support via the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research).
    • Adriatic Connections: 2013-15 (£68,500: British Academy Strategic Research Initiative).