Art History Department

Knappett, Carl MA, PhD

Professor, Walter Graham/Homer Thompson Chair in Aegean Prehistory (UT St. George)

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I specialize in the Aegean Bronze Age, and Minoan Crete in particular. My main focus currently is the east Cretan site of Palaikastro, where I direct a new excavation project. I continue my research on pottery from a number of other Aegean sites, such as Knossos, Malia, Myrtos Pyrgos, Akrotiri, and Miletus. This multi-sited approach has led me into various kinds of network analysis for investigating regional interactions. My work on pottery relates to an interest I have in material culture generally, and the methodological and theoretical challenges involved in its study. In terms of teaching, my undergraduate classes focus on the east Mediterranean and Aegean in prehistory, and at the graduate level I have offered both specific Aegean topics, and wider explorations of material culture theory.

The Aegean Material Culture Lab:
Mediterranean Collaborative Specialization:

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Ancient (Aegean Bronze Age)
Current Research
  • Creativity in Minoan Art
  • Interaction networks in the Aegean Bronze Age
  • Palace and Landscape at Palaikastro
  • Knossos and Crete during the early Neopalatial period
  • PhD University of Cambridge, 1997
Selected Publications
  • Leidwanger, J. and C. Knappett (eds), In press, 2018. Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Letesson, Q. and C. Knappett (eds), 2017. Minoan Architecture and Urbanism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Kiriatzi, E. and C. Knappett (eds), 2016. Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean. British School at Athens Studies in Greek Antiquity 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Knappett, C. and S. van der Leeuw, 2014. A developmental approach to ancient innovation: the potter’s wheel in the Bronze Age East Mediterranean, Pragmatics and Cognition 22(1), 64–92.

  • 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. 

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