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Dr Veronica Maxwell

Veronica Maxwell

Profile summary

  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • v.maxwell

Professional biography

I obtained a M.A. (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and D.Phil., (Ph.D.) in Archaeology from Oxford University. I have been as Associate Lecturer since 1990 teaching Archaeology (World Archaeology A251), Classics (Exploring the Classical World A219) and Arts courses (Voices, Texts and Material Culture A105, The Arts Past and Present AA100) and a Research Associate 1997-2000. Field work for my doctoral research was conducted at the British School in Athens, funded through a Greek Government scholarship. I have also previously taught Ancient Civilisation at the University of La Verne (Athens).

Research interests

My research interest rests firmly in the development of metallurgy from the end of the Late Neolithic until the end of the Early Bronze Age in Greece and the Aegean. My approach is interdisciplinary, relating typological and analytical data to contextual, assessing the agency of metals and metalworkers in the shaping of economies, identities and cultures of prehistoric Greece and the Aegean.  Current collaborative research is being conducted with Professor A Sampson of the University of the Aegean and Professor N Skarpelis of the University of Athens. My current research on the metalwork from Sarakeno Cave, Greece is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Selected Publications


‘The Role and Development of Metallurgy in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Greece’, (2006), Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and Literature series, volume 122, Paul Astrom Forlag, Sweden.

Selected Articles

‘Chemical and Lead Isotope Analysis of Early Metalworking from Ftelia, Mykonos’, with Sampson, A., Skarpelis, K and Ellam, R, in Sampson, A., ‘Ftelia’, Vol. II, (2014)

‘The Early Bronze Age Metalwork from Manika’ in Sampson, A. ‘Manika, Euboea.’ (2003)

‘Chemical and Lead Isotope Analyses of Greek Late Neolithic and early Bronze Age Metals: Archaeological Implications’ with N.H. Gale. (1988) Archaeometry, vol. 30, 2

‘The Relationship between Metalwork, Copper Sources and the Evidence for Settlement in the Greek Mainland and Early Bronze Age’, (1983) Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 2/2, 147-180

Forthcoming Publications

‘Chemical and Lead Isotope Analysis of Early Metalworking from Yali, Nissyros’, with Sampson, A., Skarpelis, K and Ellam, R, (2015)

Selected Recent Conferences

European Archaeological Association (2014) (Istanbul): Stronger than Waves: Determinants of Contact in the Southern Aegean at the end of the Neolithic and Start of the Early Bronze Age.

World Archaeological Congress (2012) (Jordan): Production, consumption and Analytical Interpretation in the Aegean at the end of the Neolithic.

International conference on Copper and Trade in the South Eastern Mediterranean (2012) (Krakow, Poland): Sarakeno Metals in the Context of Aegean Metallurgy.

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