Dr Michael Loy
British School at Athens
52 Souedias Street
+30 211 1022 804
As Assistant Director, I co-ordinate the BSA courses and teaching for both undergraduate and graduate students, and I manage the security and maintenance of the Athens hostel. I serve as Curator of the BSA museum, and I also contribute to the Archaeology in Greece Online project.
My monograph on economic and political networking in the Archaic period will soon be published in the BSA’s series ‘Studies in Greek Antiquity‘ . Using social network analysis to handle large quantities of old excavation data, this study considered the extent to which the ‘big data’ of Greek archaeology can contribute to debates on the ‘rise of the polis’ and on the nature of the ancient economy. From January 2023 I will take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Cambridge University to continue my work on modelling ancient networks, focussing next on the economic networks of the Classical Aegean.
In 2022 I am working on two collaborative projects. First, in collaboration with Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker and as part of the Palace of Nestor Excavations project, I continue to work on the 1930–1950s excavation archives from Pylos, using GIS and 3d visualisation to re-study the distribution of finds in Late Bronze Age tholos tombs. Second, and as part of a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant co-directed with Jana Mokrišová, I am working on the economic history of rural Samos in the first millennium B.C. This research is conducted under the framework of our BSA field-project, co-directed with Anastasia Christophilopoulou and Naoíse Mac Sweeney.
I co-convene two ECR study networks, one UK-based for those working on LBA/EIA/Archaic period archaeology topics, and the other for Athens-based PhDs and postdocs working on any period of the archaeology and history of Greece. If you are not on our mailing lists but would like to get involved, please get in touch!
Chapters in edited volumes