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Michael Loy

Michael Loy

Department: Classics

Supervisor: Prof. Robin Osborne and Prof. Cyprian Broodbank

College: Pembroke

AHRC Subject Area: Archaeology

Title of Thesis: Archaic Greece sans frontières: re-figuring regional interactions across the southern Aegean


Having completed an undergraduate degree in Classics (2015, Cambridge), I moved to Classical Archaeology for my MPhil (2016, Cambridge). My PhD research focuses on Archaic period connectivity and networking across the Aegean Sea. Specifically, I am exploring multi-scalar interactions (settlement, regional, macro-regional) through a statistical and computational analysis of pottery, inscriptional, and coinage distributions. My macro-regional case study area encompasses the Greek mainland, the Cycladic and Dodecanese islands, and the land of Ionia in modern day Turkey - areas which have all generally been treated as separate regional units in previous scholarship. Through this analysis, I aim to question whether inter-regional connectivity was sustained enough in the Archaic period for us to talk confidently about ‘networks’ of interaction - and whether the Aegean Sea indeed facilitated in the creation of a connecting ‘seascape’, or whether it acted more as a barrier for certain regions at certain times. 

Current projects and affiliations:

I have worked ‘in the field’ on projects in Britain, Greece, and Turkey. During these campaigns, I have developed an interest in the application of digital technologies and computational methods, particularly within the subfield of landscape archaeology. I also work with GIS (Geographic Information System) databases and digital archives on a ‘freelance’ basis. Previous projects have been completed for members of Cambridge University, and on behalf of the DAI (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut). 

Other academic interests

  • Greek archaeology
  • Greek prehistory
  • Seascape and coastal archaeology
  • Religion and ritual in ancient society
  • Digital technologies and computational methods
  • Statistics
  • Archaeology, politics, and heritage
  • Museology and outreach