Elizabeth S. Greene

Faculty of Humanities

Elizabeth S. Greene

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Greek Art and Archaeology 
BA, MA, PhD (Princeton)

Mailing Address:
Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext. 5373
Fax: 905 984 4859
Email: esgreene@brocku.ca

2013-2014:  Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Stanford University


A specialist in the archaeology, art, and cultural history of Archaic Greece, I conduct fieldwork centered on Mediterranean maritime archaeology, particularly in Turkey. I am responsible for the publication of the shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu, a sixth-century BCE merchant vessel excavated off the Turkish coast. Currently I am undertaking a survey of Archaic and early Classical shipwrecks and harbor sites in Turkey (a SSHRC-funded project) including research on a seventh-century BCE shipwreck at Kekova Adası and the harbors at Burgaz, the site associated with the Knidians before their move to the tip of the Datça peninsula. My research considers the ancient economy, maritime archaeology, archaeological ethics and heritage management, and intersections between the worlds of art and archaeology, literature, and history. Students with interests in these and related fields are encouraged to consider the Department of Classics at Brock.  

Recent Publications:

  • 2013. “Burgaz 2011 yılı çalışmaları,” Kazı Sonuçları Toplantısı 34.3: 5-24 (with N. Tuna, N. Atıcı, İ. Sakarya, and J. Leidwanger).
  • 2013. “Expanding Contacts and Collapsing Distances in Early Cypro-Archaic Trade: Three Case Studies of Shipwrecks off the Turkish Coast.” In The Transport Amphorae and Trade of Cyprus, edited by M.L. Lawall and J. Lund (Gösta Enbom Monographs Volume 3), 21-34. Aarhus (with J. Leidwanger and H. Özdaş).
  • 2012. “What Is Underwater Cultural Heritage and Why Does It Matter?” INA Quarterly 39.3-4: 8-11.
  • 2012. “2011 and 2012 Investigations at the Harbors of Burgaz, Turkey.” INA Quarterly 39.3-4: 15 (with J. Leidwanger and N. Tuna).
  • 2012. “Law, Ethics, and Deep-Water Archaeology: The Wreck of Cesnola's Napried.” In Beyond Boundaries: Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Underwater Archaeology, edited by J. Henderson. Frankfurt: Roman-Germanic Commission (with J. Leidwanger).
  • 2012. “Sourcing the Cargos of Three Archaic Shipwrecks: Kekova Adası, Kepçe Burnu, and Caycağız Koyu.”Arkeometri Sonuçları Toplantısı 27: 393-409 (with J. Leidwanger and H. Özdaş).

Recent and Upcoming Papers and Lectures:

  • "Shipwrecks as Indices of Archaic Mediterranean Trade Networks.” Networks of Maritime Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean: Structure, continuity, and change over the longue durée. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. November 2013.
  • "Excavating an Ancient Port on the Turkish Coast.” University Women in Niagara, Niagara on the Lake, ON, March 2013.
  • "2012 Investigations at the Harbors of Burgaz, Turkey: Shifting Centers of Maritime Activity on the Datça Peninsula.” AIA Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA, January 2013 (with J. Leidwanger and N. Tuna).
  • “Portable Ports in Ancient Greece: A View from Old Knidos.” Humanities Research Institute Symposium. Brock University, St Catharines, ON, December 2012.
  • “The Afterlife of Commercially Salvaged Underwater Cultural Heritage.” In Secondary Context for Objects with No Known Origins. ASOR Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, November 2012 (with J. Leidwanger, R. Leventhal, and B. Daniels).
  • “The Sixth-Century BCE Shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu, Turkey,” St Catharines Public Library, St Catharines, ON, February 2012; J. Richard Steffy Lecture in Underwater Archaeology, Staten Island Society of the AIA, Staten Island, NY, February 2012.

Conferences Organized:

  • "EUPLOIA: Implementing Underwater Cultural Heritage ‘Best Practices’ in a Mediterranean Context." Noto, Sicily. October 17-19, 2013. Organizer with Justin Leidwanger (Stanford University), Sebastiano Tusa (Soprintendenze del Mare, Sicily), Richard Leventhal (Penn Cultural Heritage Center), and Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center).
  • “Who owns underwater cultural heritage? Perspectives on archaeological law and ethics in the Mediterranean,” Part two of a two-part series. Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA. March 2010. Organizer with J. Leidwanger and R. Leventhal.
  • “Who owns underwater cultural heritage? Perspectives on archaeological law and ethics in the Mediterranean,” Part one of a two-part series. Brock University, St Catharines, ON. October 2009. Organizer with J. Leidwanger and R. Leventhal. Website: www.brocku.ca/underwater


American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
Honor Frost Foundation
Classical Association of Canada
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA
Penn Cultural Heritage Center


Project websites:
Pabuç Burnu Shipwreck  
Archaic Shipwreck Survey Project
Burgaz Excavations
Exploring the Harbors of Old Knidos


Elizabeth Greene examining a mooring stone in Old Knidos, Turkey

Classics Events

Academic Advising Update for Students (end of July into August)
July 26, 2014 - 2:45pm - August 15, 2014 - 4:00pm