Carl Knappett

Professor, Walter Graham/Homer Thompson Chair in Aegean Prehistory


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Ancient (Aegean Bronze Age)


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.


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

Selected Publications

  • Knappett, C. 2020. Aegean Bronze Age Art: Meaning in the Making.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Leidwanger, J. and C. Knappett (eds), 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.

Carl Knappet Covers



PhD, University of Cambridge, 1997

Administrative Service

Chair, Department of Art History, 2017-2022
Graduate Chair, Department of Art History, 2017-2022
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Graduate Department of Art, 2014-15