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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: Big data and small finds: regional 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 people and objects moved around Archaic Greece. I am particularly interested in exchanges which took place between the mainlands of modern day Greece and Turkey, and also in journeys which involved the Cycladic islands as stop-over points. In order to explain these phenomena of migration and trade, I apply computational and statistical methods to archaeological ‘Big Data’ - small finds 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