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Alex Knodell

Alex Knodell


I am an archaeologist specializing in the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, especially during prehistoric and classical times. In particular, I am interested in archaeological approaches to landscape, interaction, and long-term social change. To date, much of my research on these topics has focused on central Greece, and how the regions within it relate to each other and their wider Mediterranean setting in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (c. 1400-700 BCE). This is the subject of my forthcoming book, Societies in Transition in Early Greece: An Archaeological History, which will be published in 2021 by University of California Press.

I have done archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Jordan, Guatemala, and the US, most recently by leading two multidisciplinary regional surveys in Greece. The first is the Mazi Archaeological Project, focusing on the Mazi Plain, a small mountain plain at a crossroads between central and southern Greece, which also forms part of the border between the regions of Attica and Boeotia. The second is the Small Cycladic Islands Project, which began in 2019 as a survey of several small, currently uninhabited islands in the Cycladic archipelago.

Education & Professional History

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Classics, Classical Humanities, Anthropology); Ph.D., Brown University (Archaeology); Postdoctoral Fellowship, Getty Research Institute (Visiting Scholars Program)

Arrived at Carleton in 2014

Courses Taught This Year

  • CLAS 100: The Trojan Legend: Mythology, Archaeology, and Legacy (Fall 2020)
  • CLAS 123: Greek Archaeology and Art (Winter 2021)
  • GRK 285: Weekly Greek (Winter 2021)
  • ARCN 246: Archaeological Methods & Lab (Spring 2021)
  • ARCN 222: Experimental Archaeology and Experiential History (Spring 2021)
Profile updated March 24, 2021

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