Dr Kostis Christakis

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British School at Athens
Villa Ariadne, Knossos
Herakleio, 71409

 

 

Research and Teaching Interests

Aegean archaeology; economic and political organization of Bronze Age Crete; household archaeology; subsistence economy; pottery production, distribution and consumption; site formation processes; Museum education; cartography; Venetian and Ottoman Greece through archival testimonies (12th – 19th cent.) 

 

Academic Employment 

Since 2016    The Knossos Curator – The British School at Athens.

2015-2016    Senior researcher - The University of Oxford, Department of Anthropology, Institute of Evolutionary and Cognitive Anthropology.

2014-2016    Scientific consultant/translator - Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports: Heraklion Archaeological Museum: The New Exhibition of the Museum Collections.

2004-2016    Senior researcher - The Archaeological Society at Athens (Syme Project).

2003-2013    Lecturer by contract - University of Crete, Department of Education.

2002-2004    Contract Archaeologist – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports: 23rd Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.  

1992-1994    Contract Archaeologist – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports: 24th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. 

 

Research and Excavation Projects

Galatas     Director (with Dr. G. Rethemiotakis) of the Bronze Age site at Galatas Pediada. Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Knossos   Study and publication of storage containers and selected pottery assemblages from the excavations of Sir A. Evans in the Knossian Valley. The British School at Athens.

Myrtos     Study and final publication of the storage containers from the excavation of Dr. G. Cadogan at Myrtos Pyrgos. The British School at Athens.

Syme        Study and final publication of the Bronze Age complexes (stratigraphy, pottery, final synthesis) of the sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme, Viannos. The Athens Archaeological Society.

Pediada   Study and final publication of the peak sanctuaries of Mameloukou Koriphi and Liliano and the Pre- and Protopalatial contexts at Kastelli Pediada (with G. Rethemiotakis, P. P. Betancourt, E. Galli et. al). Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports-INSTAP.

 

Selected Publications

Books

  • Christakis, K. S. 2014. The Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme Viannou V. ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΚΕΡΑΜΕΩΝ. Potters’ marks from Syme and other sites of Bronze Age Crete (Library of the Archaeological Society at Athens no. 293), Athens: Archaeological Society at Athens.
  • Christakis, K. S. 2008. The Politics of Storage: Storage and Sociopolitical Complexity in Neopalatial Crete (Prehistoric Monographs 25) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: INSTAP Academic Press. 
  • Christakis, K. S. 2008. Κρητών επιχειρείν. History and Trade in Crete from Prehistory to the beginning of the 20th century, Heraklion: Chamber of Heraklion. 
  • Christakis, K. S. 2005. Cretan Bronze Age Pithoi: Traditions and Trends in the Production and Consumption of Storage Containers in Bronze Age Crete (Prehistoric Monographs 18) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: INSTAP Academic Press. 

 

Articles peer reviewed & conference proceedings

  • Christakis, K. S. 2016. “From potter’s marks to the potter who marks” in M. Mina, S. Triandaphyllou and Y. Papadatos (eds), An Archaeology of Prehistoric bodies and Embodied Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford, 136-44. (not yet published).
  • Christakis, K. S. 2014. “Communal storage in Bronze Age Crete: re-assessing testimonies” Κρητικά Χρονικά ΛΔ, 201-218. 
  • Christakis, K. S. 2013. “The Syme sanctuary in the transition from the Protopalatial to the early Νeoapalatial period: the evidence of the pottery” in C. Macdonald and C. Knappett (eds), Intermezzo: Intermediacy and Regeneration in Middle Minoan III Crete Villa Ariadne, Knossos, 3-5 July 2008 (British School at Athens Studies 21), London, 169-177.
  • Christakis, K. S. 2012. “Petras, Siteia: political, economic and ideological trajectories of a polity” in M. Tsipopoulou (ed.), Petras, Siteia. 25 Years of Excavations and Studies (Monοgraphs of the Danish Institute at Athens 16), Athens, 205-215. 
  • Christakis, K. S. 2011. “The implications of archaeological deposit formation processes in the study of the domestic sector of Late Minoan IB society” in K. Glowacki and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds), The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era (Hesperia Supplementary Volume 44), Athens, 213-217.
  • Christakis, K. S. 2011. “Redistribution and political economies in Bronze Age Crete” in FORUM Redistribution in Aegean Palatial Societies AJA 115, 197-205.
  • Christakis, K. S. 2010. “Wine offering to the Central Palace Sanctuary at Knossos: the evidence from KN Zb 27” in O. Krzyszkowska (ed.), Cretan Offerings: Essays in Honour of P. M. Warren (British School at Athens Studies 18), London, 49-55. 

Co-authored

  • Rethemiotakis, G. and K. Christakis. 2013. “The Middle Minoan III period at Galatas: pottery deposits and historical implications” in C. Macdonald and C. Knappett (eds), Intermezzo: Intermediacy and Regeneration in Middle Minoan III Crete Villa Ariadne, Knossos, 3-5 July 2008 (British School at Athens Studies 21), London, 93-105.
  • Christakis, K. S. and G. Rethemiotakis. 2011. “Identifying household activities: the case of House 2 at Galatas Pediada, Crete” in K. Glowacki and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds), The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era (Hesperia Supplementary Volume  44), 177-184.
  • Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “Το ανάκτορο και η πόλη στον Γαλατά Πεδιάδος: άξονες και τακτικές επικοινωνίας” Proceedings of the 10th International Cretological Congress, Α2, 233-249. 
  • Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “LM I Pottery Groups from the Palace and the Town of Galatas, Pediada” in T. Brogan and E. Hallager (eds), LM IB Pottery: Examining new evidence for relative chronology and regional differences (Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens 11), Athens, 205-227.
  • Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “Power strategies and cultural idiosyncrasies: an assessment of the current evidence from the Protopalatial settlement at Galatas, Pediada” SMEA 53, 195-218.