Yannis Hamilakis

PhD, MSc. BA

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The University of Southampton
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Yannis Hamilakis has studied at the University of Crete (BA History and Archaeology), and the University of Sheffield (MSc and PhD).  He has taught at the University of Wales Lampeter (1996-2000) and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2005).  He has been Wiener Lab Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (2002-2003), Mary Seeger O'Boyle Fellow at Princeton University (1999), Library Fellow at Princeton University (2000), Margo Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati (2003), Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2005-2006) and Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2012-13).  He was the 2005 Royal Academy of Sweden-funded visiting lecturer to all Swedish Classics Departments, and the 2006 W B Stanford Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, In the last few years he has been an invited keynote speaker at major conferences in Melbourne (Aegean prehistory), Dublin (World Archaeological Congress), Carbondale, IL (Archaeology of the Senses), Providence RI (TAG-USA, and "Engaged Scholarship" workshop), Nottingham (Archaeology of Food), Heidelberg ("Minoan" archaeology), San Felipe in Chile (Theoretical Archaeology in South America) and elsewhere.

Yannis is committed to an anthropologically-informed, critical archaeological engagement with past and present material culture, and to the inter-disciplinary nature of archaeological work.  This position recognises the historically contingent nature of archaeology as a device of western modernity, as well as its potential to enable a critical and reflexive experiential encounter with the material world. He also believes on a politically commited archaeological and academic practice, devoted to social justice.

He was founding member and co-ordinator of the Radical Archaeology Forum, and founding member and first director of the University of Wales Centre for the Study of SE Europe, and chair and co-ordinator of the task-force on 'Archaeologists and War' for the World Archaeological Congress (WAC).  He is currently co-ordinator of the group, Laboratory for Social Zooarchaeology at the University of Southampton.  From 2007 to 2010 he directed the archaeological ethnography project at Kalaureia (Poros) Greece, and since 2010 he co-directs a major new field project, the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project, which centres around the excavation of an important Middle Neolithic tell site in Greece.

His main research and teaching interests are the archaeology of the body and of bodily senses, the archaeology of eating and drinking, social zooarchaeology, the socio-politics of the past, archaeology and nationalism, archaeological ethnography, archaeology and photography, and critical pedagogy in archaeology.  Although much of his fieldwork is to do with the prehistoric (Neolithic and Bronze Age) Aegean, many of his projects are multi-temporal.  He has published eleven books and many articles, including:

He serves on the editorial board of the journals:

Many of his articles can be downloaded from

Politics of the past
The Other Acropolis Project
Kalaureia in the present

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The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Overton, Nick J. and Hamilakis, Yannis (2013) A manifesto for a social zooarchaeology. Swans and other beings in the Mesolithic. Archaeological Dialogues, 20, (2), Autumn Issue, 111-136. (doi:10.1017/S1380203813000159).
Hamilakis, Yannis (2013) Double colonization: the story of the excavations at the Athenian Agora (1924-1931). [in special issue: Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience? American Archaeology in Greece] Hesperia, 82, (1), 153-177.
Hamilakis, Y. (2013) Conmemorando el capitalismo. Rivista Colombiana de Antropologia (In Press).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Kyparissi-Apostolika, Nina (2012) Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece: from the neolithic to the present. Antiquity, 86, (333)
Hamilakis, Y. (2012) Are we postcolonial yet? Tales from the battlefield. Archaeologies: The Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, 8, (1), 67-76. (doi:10.1007/s11759-012-9200-5).
Hamilakis, Y. (2012) Not being at home in one’s home: ontology, temporality, critique. Forum Kritische Archäologie, 1, 12-23. (doi:10.6105/journal.fka.2012.1.3).
Hamilakis, Y. (2011) Museums of oblivion. Antiquity, 85, (328), 625-629.
Hamilakis, Yannis and Anagnostopoulos, Aris (2009) What is archaeological ethnography? [in special issue: Archaeological Ethnographies] Public Archaeology, 8, (2-3), 65-87. (doi:10.1179/175355309x457150).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Anagnostopoulos, Aris (2009) Preface. [in special issue: Archaeological Ethnographies] Public Archaeology, 8, (2-3), 64-64. (doi:10.1179/175355309X457141).
Hamilakis, Yannis, Anagnostopoulos, Aris and Ifantidis, Fotis (2009) Postcards from the edge of time: archaeology, photography, archaeological ethnography. Public Archaeology, 8, (2-3), 283-309. (doi:10.1179/175355309x457295).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Labanyi, Jo (2008) Introduction: Time, materiality, and the work of memory. [in special issue: Remembering and Forgetting on Europe's Southern Periphery] History & Memory, 20, (2), Autumn Issue, 5-17. (doi:10.1353/ham.0.0009).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Labanyi, Jo (2008) Time, materiality, and the work of memory. History and Memory, 20, (2), 5-17. (doi:10.2979/HIS.2008.20.2.5).
Hamilakis, Y. and Anagnostopoulos, A. (2008) Helgedomen I dagens samhälle: alternative arkeologier. Medusa, 1, 36-39.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2004) Archaeology and the politics of pedagogy. World Archaeology, 36, (2), 287 -309. (doi:10.1080/0043824042000261031).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Konsolaki, Eleni (2004) Pigs for the gods: burnt animal sacrifices as embodied rituals at a Myceanean sanctuary. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 23, (2), 135-151. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0092.2004.00206.x).


Hamilakis, Yannis (2013) Archaeology and the senses: human experience, memory, and affect, Cambridge, GB, Cambridge University Press (In Press).
Hamilakis, Yannis and Duke, Philip (eds.) (2007) Archaeology and capitalism: from ethics to politics, Walnut Creek, USA, Left Coast Press, 352pp. (One World Archaeology).
Hamilakis, Yannis (2007) The nation and its ruins: antiquity, archaeology, and national imagination in Greece, Oxford, UK; New York, US, Oxford University Press, 374pp. (Classical Presences).
Hamilakis, Y. (2004) Archaeologies of the senses, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press (Submitted).
Brown, K. S. and Hamilakis, Yannis (eds.) (2003) The Useable Past: Greek Metahistories, Lanham, USA, Lexington Books, 239pp. (Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches).
Hamilakis, Yannis (ed.) (2002) Labyrinth revisited: rethinking 'Minoan' archaeology , Oxford, UK, Oxbow Books, 248pp.
Hamilakis, Yannis, Pluciennik, Mark and Tarlow, Sarah (eds.) (2002) Thinking Through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality, London, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 249pp.

Book Section

Hamilakis, Y. (2013) Enacted multi-temporality: the archaeological site as a shared, performative space. In, Day, J. (ed.) Reclaiming Archaeology. Carbondale, US, Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University. (In Press).
Hamilakis, Y. (2013) The "emergence of the individual" revisited. In, Papadatos, Y. and Relaki, M. (eds.) Papers in Honour of Keith Branigan. Oxford, GB, Oxbow. (In Press).
Hamilakis, Y. (2013) Sensuous memory, history, and the rise of the “palaces” in Bronze Age Crete. In, Knapp, B. and van Dommelen, P. (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook for Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean. Cambridge, GB, CUP. (In Press).
Hamilakis, Y. and Sherratt, S. (2012) Feasting and the consuming body in Bronze Age Crete and Early Iron Age Cyprus. In, Cadogan, G., Iakovou, M., Kopaka, K. and Whitley, J. (eds.) Parallel Lives: Ancient Island Societies in Crete and Cyprus. London, GB, British School at Athens, 187-207.
Hamilakis, Y. (2011) Archaeologies of the senses. In, Insoll, T. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 208-225.
Hamilakis, Y. (2011) Indigenous archaeologies in Ottoman Greece. In, Zainab, B., Zeynep, C. and Eldem, E. (eds.) Scramble for the Past: Archaeology in Ottoman Lands, 1740-1914. Istanbul, TR, SALT, 49-69.
Hamilakis, Y. (2010) Archaeologies in situ/situated archaeologies. In, Stroulia, Anna and Sutton, Susan Buck (eds.) Archaeologies in Situ: Sites, Archaeology, and Communities in Greece. Lanham, US, Lexington Books, 439-446. (Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches).
Hamilakis, Y. (2010) Re-collecting the fragments: archaeology as mnemonic practice. In, Lillios, K. and Tsamis, V. (eds.) Material Mnemonics: Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe. Oxford, GB, Oxbow, 188-199.
Hamilakis, Y. (2010) We are all Middle Easterners now: globalization, immanence, archaeology. In, Boytner, R., Swartz Dodd, L. and Parker, B.J. (eds.) Controlling the Past, Owning the Future: the Political Uses of Archaeology in the Middle East. Tucson, US, University of Arizona Press, 217-229.
Hamilakis, Y. (2009) Whither Aegean prehistory? In, Kopaka, Katerina (ed.) Aegean Prehistoric Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Heraklion, GR, Crete University Press , 133-153.
Hamilakis, Y. (2009) Indigenous Hellenisms/indigenous modernities: classical antiquity, materiality, and modern Greek society. In, Boys-Stones , George, Graziosi, Barbara and Vasunia, Phiroze (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 19-31. (Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History).
Hamilakis, Y. (2009) Transformare in monumento: archeologi, fotografi e l’Acropoli di Atene dal Settecento a oggi. In, Barbanera, Marcello (ed.) Relitti Riletti: Metamorfosi delle Rovine e Identita Culturale. Torino, IT, Bollati Boringhieri, 179-194. (Nuova Cultura, 195).
Hamilakis, Y. (2009) Transformations of space: interdisciplinary approaches and research practices: photographers and archaeologists in the Athenian Acropolis from the 19th c. to the present. In, Spyridakis, M. (ed.) Transformations of space: interdisciplinary approaches and research practices. Athens, Nisos (in Greek), 373-396.
Hamilakis, Y. (2009) National culture, memory and globalization (in Greek). In, Plantzos, D. (ed.) Pagkosmiopoiese kai ethnike koultoura (Globalisation and National Culture). Athens, GR, Alexandria, 53-68.
Harris, K. and Hamilakis, Y. (2008) A social zooarchaeology of feasting: the evidence from the ritual deposit at Nopigeia, Crete. In, Baker, S., Allen, M., Middle, S. and Poole, K. (eds.) Food and drink in archaeology I: University of Nottingham Postgraduate Conference 2007. Devon, County of, GB, Prospect Books, 162-164.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2008) Decolonizing Greek archaeology: indigenous archaeologies, modernist archaeology and the post-colonial critique. In, Damaskos, Dimitris and Plantzos, Dimitris (eds.) A Singular Antiquity: Archaeology and Hellenic Identity in Twentieth-Century Greece. Athens, Greece, Benaki Museum, 273-284. ("Benaki Museum" Supplement 3).
Hamilakis, Y. (2008) Constructing the monumental landscape of the Acropolis from the 18th to the 21st centuries. In, Rainbird, P. (ed.) Monuments in the Landscape: Essays in Honour of Andrew Fleming. Stroud, Tempus Press, 190-198.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2008) Time, performance, and the production of a mnemonic record: from feasting to an archaeology of eating and drinking. In, Hitchcock, Louise A, Laffineur, Robert and Crowley, Janice (eds.) DAIS: The Aegean Feast. Liege, Belguim, Austin, US, University of Liege, and University of Texas at Austin, 3-20. (Aegaeum , 29).
Hamilakis, Yannis (2002) Past as oral history: towards an archaeology of the senses. In, Hamilakis, Yannis, Pluciennik, Mark and Tarlow, Sarah (eds.) Thinking through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality. London, UK, New York, USA, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 121-136.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2002) Experience and Corporeality. Introduction. In, Hamilakis, Yannis, Pluciennik, Mark and Tarlow, Sarah (eds.) Thinking Through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality. London, UK, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 99-103.
Brown, Keith (2002) The cupboard of yesterdays? Perspectives on the usable past. In, Brown, Keith and Hamilakis, Yannis (eds.) The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. London, UK, Lexington Books, 1-19.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2002) 'Learn History!' Antiquity, national narrative and history in Greek educational textbooks. In, Brown, K.S. and Hamilakis, Yannis (eds.) The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Maryland, USA, Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 39-67. (Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches).
Hamilakis, Yannis, Pluciennik, Mark and Tarlow, Sarah (2002) Introduction: Thinking Through the Body. In, Hamilakis, Yannis, Pluciennik, Mark and Tarlow, Sarah (eds.) Thinking Through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality. London; New York, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 1-21.
Hamilakis, Yannis (2002) Introduction: What future for the 'Minoan' past? Rethinking Minoan Archaeology. In, Hamilakis, Yannis (ed.) Labyrinth Revisited: Rethinking 'Minoan' Archaeology. Oxford, UK, Oxbow Books, 2-28.


Research Interests

Yannis' research interests include the socio-politics of archaeology (including the politics of pedagogy), the archaeology of the human body (including the consuming body), bodily senses and bodily memory, social zooarchaeology, and prehistoric Greece.

He has been involved in a number of field projects in Greece (including Theopetra cave, Thessaly, sites in Troizinia, Peloponnese, and sites in Crete) and Britain, with more recent the Nopigeia Archaeological Project in West Crete.

Primary research group:  Classical and historical archaeology

Affiliate research groups:  Theory, representation and cultural politics, Social prehistory, Osteo-archaeology, Laboratory for Social Zooarchaeology

Research projects

Food, memory and the body in the prehistoric Aegean

This project started as an investigation of the idea of 'Mediterranean polyculture' and its relevance for the study of social 'complexity' in Bronze Age Crete (Hamilakis 1995).

Zooarchaeology: Animals and human societies in the prehistoric and early historic Aegean - Dormant

This project involves the study of animal bones from a number of Aegean sites, such as Zoniana Cave, Zominthos (Crete), Galatas, Ag Konstantinos (Peloponnese), Panakton (Boeotia), and Theopetra Cave (Thessaly). 

Archaeology and national imagination in Greece

This long-term project investigates the meaning and role of antiquities and of archaeological practice for modern Greek society.


Professor Yannis Hamilakis
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