Robert Angus K. Smith

Faculty of Humanities




Robert Angus K. Smith

Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Classics
Ext: 3798
E-mail: rsmith@brocku.ca

Work currently in progress, or about to be begun, along with indication of when the project is likely to culminate and what form it will take:

  • Working on final publication of the Mycenaean cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Nemea, Greece
     
  • Beginning work on “The Humble Dead: Mortuary Ritual and Identity in the Aegean Late Bronze Age Hinterland,” which will involve publication of the Myrsini Aspropilia Cemetery, Crete, Greece
     
  • Working on review article for Mouseion – Journal of the Classical Association of Canada of Haggis, D. (2005) Kavousi I: the Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region (INSTAP Academic Press); Papadatos, Y. (2005) Tholos Tomb Gamma: A Prepalatial Tholos Tomb at Phourni, Archanes (INSTAP Academic Press); Christakis, K.S. (2005) Cretan Bronze Age Pithoi: Traditions and Trends in the Production and Consumption of Storage Containers in Bronze Age Crete (INSTAP Academic Press); Christakis, K.S.(2008) The Politics of Storage: Storage and Sociopolitical Complexity in Neopalatial Crete (INSTAP Academic Press).
     

Work previously undertaken, research achievements or projects completed:

Refereed publications:

  • (In Press) Mochlos IIB: The Late Minoan III Settlement and Cemetery. The Pottery (INSTAP Academic Press). Accepted for publication April 28, 2008.
     
  • (In Press) With T.M. Brogan. “Late Minoan III Mochlos and its Regional Context,” in J. Soles and C. Davaras (eds.) Mochlos IIC: The Late Minoan III Settlement and Cemetery (INSTAP Academic Press). Accepted for publication May 6, 2008.
     
  • (In Press) “Life and Death in Late Minoan III Mochlos,” in Kevin Glowacki and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds.) Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete (Hesperia Supplements, American School of Classical Studies at Athens). Accepted June 4, 2008.
     
  • 2009 With E. Pappi, M.K. Dabney, S. Triantaphyllou, and J.C. Wright. “2006-2007 Excavations of the Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Ancient Nemea,” Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006), pp. 95-109.
     
  • 2003 Contributor to J.S. Soles. Mochlos IA. Period III: The Neopalatial Settlement on the Coast (Philadelphia, PA: INSTAP Academic Press).
     
  • 2002 With T.M. Brogan and J.S. Soles. “Mycenaeans at Mochlos? Exploring culture and identity in the east Cretan Late Minoan IB to IIIA1 transition,” Aegean Archaeology 6, pp. 89-118.
     
  • 2005 “Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Mochlos: The development of regional identity in Late Minoan III Crete,” in A.L. D’Agata and J.A. Moody (eds.). Ariadne’s Threads: Connections between Crete and the Greek Mainland in the Post Palatial Period (Late Minoan IIIA2 to Sub-Minoan) (Rome: Italian School of Archaeology at Athens), pp. 185-204.
     
  • 2004 “Late Minoan III Mochlos and the Regional Consumption of Pottery,” in L.P. Day and M.S. Mook and J.D. Muhly, (eds.). Crete Beyond the Palaces: Proceedings of the Crete 2000 Conference (INSTAP Academic Press), pp. 309-317.

Papers Presented at Conferences and Learned Societies:

  • 2009 “Excavations at the Mycenaean Cemetery of Ayia Sotira, 2006-2008.” Invited paper for the International Archaeological Conference “Corinthia and the Northeast Peloponnesus: Topography and History from Prehistoric Times until the End of Antiquity,” in Loutraki, Greece.
     
  • 2009 “Digging the Dead: Excavations at the Mycenaean Cemetery of Ayia Sotira.” Invited paper for the Classics Students Association, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
     
  • 2009 With M.K. Dabney and J.C. Wright. “Excavation of a Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Nemea.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 2009 With D. Barber, J. Best, J.C. Wright, M.K. Dabney. “Geophysical Prospecting for Mycenaean Chamber Tombs in Ancient Nemea, Korinthia, Greece.” 44th Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section, Portland, Maine, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 2008 “Digging the Dead: Excavations at the Mycenaean Cemetery of Ayia Sotira, 2008.” Department of Classics Research Seminar Series, Brock University.
     
  • 2008 “Excavations of the Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Ancient Nemea.” Classical Association of Canada Annual General Meeting, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec. Refereed.

 

  • 2008 “2006-2007 Excavations of the Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Ancient Nemea.” Humanities Research Institute Symposium, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Refereed.
     
  • 2008 With M.K. Dabney and J.C. Wright. “Excavation of a Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Nemea.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 2007 With C.L. Scott. “Life, Death and the Late Bronze Age: New Approaches in Mortuary Archaeology at Ayia Sotira, Nemea, Greece.” Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Refereed.

 

  • 2007 With E. Pappi, M.K. Dabney, S. Triantaphyllou, and J.C. Wright “Excavation of a Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Nemea.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, U.S.A. Refereed.

     

  • 2005 “The Case of the Missing Kylikes: Life and Death in a Late Bronze Age Minoan Town.” Invited lecture for the Archaeological Institute of America, Niagara Chapter, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
     
  • 2005 “Life and Death in Late Minoan III Mochlos.” STEGA: The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era, Ierapetra, Greece. Refereed.
     
  • 2005 “Mycenoans at Mochlos: Exploring Boundaries in Late Minoan Crete.” Invited lecture for the Department of Fine Art, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
     
  • 2004 “Pots and People of the Late Minoan II-III Periods at Mochlos, Crete.” Humanities Research Day, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Refereed.
     
  • 2004 “Drinks for the Dead: Wine, Death, and Social Identity in Minoan Crete.” Invited lecture for the Department of Classics, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
     
  • 2004 “Pottery of the Late Minoan II-III Periods at Mochlos, Crete.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 2003 “Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Mochlos: The development of regional identity in Late Minoan III Crete.” Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S.A.
     
  • 2003 “Mycenaeans at Mochlos? The archaeology of identity in east Crete,” Invited lecture for the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
     
  • 2001 “Regionalism, consumption, and cultural identity: the Late Minoan III cemeteries at Mochlos and Myrsini.” Food, Cuisine and Society in Prehistoric Greece, 6th Round Table, Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England.
     
  • 2000 “Late Minoan III Mochlos and the Regional Consumption of Pottery.” Crete 2000: A Centennial Celebration of American Archaeological Work on Crete (1900-2000), Athens, Greece. Refereed.
     
  • 2000 “Historiography, regionalism, and Late Minoan III pottery.” Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
     
  • 1999 “New ceramic evidence from Mochlos: regionalism and Eastern Crete during Late Minoan II and early IIIA.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 1995 “Maa-Palaeokastro and the collapse of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean economy.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. Refereed.
     
  • 1995 “Power, peer polity, and propaganda: monuments and urbanization in the Palestinian Middle Bronze Age,” Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
     

Research Grants held (including dates) and Research Awards or Honours:

2009 Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant (US$30,000)
2009 Humanities Research Institute Research Grant, Brock University ($3000)
2008 Humanities Research Institute Research Grant, Brock University ($1400)
2008 Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant (US$30,000)
2007 Humanities Research Institute Research Grant, Brock University ($3000)
2007 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant ($152,530)
2007 Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant (US$30,000)
2006 Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund ($8,208)
2006 Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Ontario Research Fund ($8,208)
2006 Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant (US$40,000)
2005 Internal SSHRC Seed Grant, Brock University ($4,400)
2005 Humanities Research Institute Research Grant, Brock University ($1200)
2005 Dean of Humanities Travel Award, Brock University ($342)
2005 Brock University Advancement Fund ($750)
2001 Solow Summer Research Fellowship (US $1500)
2001 Bryn Mawr College Travel Grant (US $890)
2000-2001 Bryn Mawr College Fellowship (US $7000)
2000 Bryn Mawr College Summer Travel Grant (US $1500)
1999-2000 Fanny Bullock Workman Traveling Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College (US $10,000)
1998-1999 Fanny Bullock Workman Traveling Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College (US$5,000)
1997-1998 Fulbright Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece (US $15,000)
1997 Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship (US $4000)
1996-1997 Fanny Bullock Workman Traveling Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College (US $10,000)
1996 Kress Foundation Summer Grant (US $1500)
1994-1996 Christopher Fund Summer Travel Grant, Bryn Mawr College (US $1500)
1993-1994 Bryn Mawr College Scholarship (tuition grant)
1992-1993 Bryn Mawr College Scholarship (tuition grant)
1991-1992 Dartmouth College Reynolds Scholarship for Foreign Study, Cambridge University (US $15,000)
1989 Dartmouth College William F. Bryant Fellowship for excavation in Mallorca, Spain
 

Areas of Research Interest (in brief):

My research interests focus an the archaeology of prehistoric Greece, archaeological theory, mortuary archaeology, ceramic analysis, ethnic identity, processes of colonization and acculturation, and the rise and fall of complex societies. I am currently co-directing the excavation of a Mycenaean cemetery at the site of Ayia Sotira near Ancient Nemea, and am a long-term participant of the Mochlos project on Crete.