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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: Regional and state interactions in Archaic Greece


Having completed an undergraduate degree in Classics (2015, Cambridge), I moved to Classical Archaeology for my MPhil (2016, Cambridge). My PhD investigates how the first city-states of Archaic Greece interacted with one another, and how they formed political and economic networks with their neighbours. I am particularly interested in exchanges which took place between the mainlands of modern day Greece and Turkey, and also across the Cycladic islands. Methodologically, I work with archaeological 'Big Data', and I use computational and statistical techniques on large assemblages of pottery, inscriptions, and coins.


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 for the interpretation of archaeological landscapes. 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

  • The archaeology of Greece and Turkey
  • Archaic and Classical Greek history
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Seascape and coastal archaeology
  • Classical art
  • Museums and outreach