Dr Sergios Menelaou
British School at Athens
52 Souedias Street
I undertook my undergraduate studies at the University of Cyprus (2008-2012) and received my MSc in Archaeological Materials (2013) and PhD (2018) from the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield. During 2018-2019 I held a postdoctoral fellowship at Koç University, ANAMED (Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations) in Istanbul (Turkey) and in 2019-2020 I spent three months at the Fitch Laboratory (British School at Athens), holding a Fitch Bursary Award. Before my current position I held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cyprus (2020-2022) and I acted as the Coordinator/Principal Investigator of the project entitled ‘Borderlands as areas of mobility and connectivity during the third millennium BC: Examining regional ceramic technologies between the east Aegean islands, western Anatolia and Cyprus (BORDER)’, and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.
My research interests concern prehistoric Aegean and Anatolian archaeology, particularly between the Neolithic and the Middle Bronze Age periods. I am particularly interested in the application of an integrated methodology that combines the traditional study of ceramics and the application of scientific analytical techniques, with a special concern for recovering technological information of pottery production, usage, and circulation. I have been a member of the project “The Prehistoric Settlement at Heraion on Samos (Sacred Road)” since 2009, led by the University of Cyprus (Dr O. Kouka) and the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, where my research was focused on the multi-scalar analysis of Early Bronze Age pottery from the new and older excavations at the same site. My broader research is focused on the ceramic developments and technological mobility and connectivity in the eastern Aegean, western Anatolia, and Cyprus during the third millennium BC.
As the Williams Fellow in Ceramic Petrology, I will expand my work in the eastern Aegean through investigating the ceramic traditions of the main Early Bronze Age sites on the islands of Lemnos, Lesbos, and Chios with the aim to establish an understanding of the shifting mechanisms of interaction networks between these islands and their Anatolian peraiai.
Chapters in edited volumes