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Prof. Irene Lemos
MA DPhil Oxf


Professor of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics
Fellow, Merton College


The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
66 St. Giles'

Tel No: (01865) 278268

Prof. Irene Lemos

Research Keywords:

Early Greek Archaeology & history

Research Interests:

Director of the excavation at Lefkandi - Xeropolis, Euboea.
Early Greek Archaeology and Art; State formation in Early Greece from the Late Helladic IIIC to the Archaic period; Literacy; Late Bronze and Iron Age exchange patterns in the Mediterranean; the archaeology of early Ionia.

Selected Publications:

Texts of the Lefkandi-Xeropolis excavation, (n.d.), Website:

'Communities in Transformation: an archaeological survey of the 12th to the 9th centuries BC', in Proceedings of the conference, Recent Developments in the Long-Term Archaeology and History of Greece, at the Netherlands Institute at Athens, 13-15 December 2011, J. Bintliff (ed.), (In press).

'The missing dead: Late Geometric Burials at Lefkandi', in Proceedings of the conference Zagora in Context, Settlements and inter-communal links in the Geometric Period (900-700 BC), Athens 20-22 May 2012, J.-P. Descoeudres & S. Paspalas (eds.), (In press).

'Late Bronze and Iron Age Pottery from Lefkandi in the light of Archaeometric Analyses', in Proceedings of the round table Archaeometric Analyses of Euboean and Euboean Related Pottery: New Results and their interpretations at Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens 15 and 16 April 2011, I. S. Lemos & M. Kerschner (eds.), (In preparation).

Proceedings of the round table Archaeometric Analyses of Euboean and Euboean Related Pottery: New Results and their interpretations at Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens 15 and 16 April 2011, I. S. Lemos & M. Kerschner (eds.), (In preparation).

'A new approach in ceramic statistical analyses. Pit 13 on Xeropolis, Lefkandi', in Early Iron Age Pottery: A Quantitative Approach, S. Verdan et al. (ed.), Co-author: D. Mitchell, (BAR International Series 2254: Oxford 2012), 77-88.

'A Northern Aegean Amphora from Xeropolis, Lefkandi', in δινήεσσα, τιμητικός τόμος για την Κατερίνα Ρωμιοπούλου, P. Adam-Veleni, K. Tzanavari & M. Intzes (eds.), (Thessaloniki 2012), 177-182.

'Euboea and Central Greece in the Post palatial and early Greek periods', in Archaeological Reports 2011-2012, Z. Archibald (eds.), (London 2012), 177-182.

'Elite Burials in the Early Iron Age Aegean. Some preliminary observations considering the spatial organization of the Toumba cemetery at Lefkandi', in Dark Ages revisited, A. Mazarakis-Ainian (ed.), Co-author: D. Mitchell, (University of Thessaly: Volos 2011).

'Lefkandi', in Cité sous terre. Des archéologues suisses explorent la cité grecque d Eretrié, C. Martin Pruvot (ed.), (Ecole suisse d'archéologie en Grèce: Gollion 2010), 56-64; 88; 89.

'Tell formation processes as indicated from geoarchaeological and geochemical investigations at Xeropolis, Euboea, Greece', Co-author: D. Davidson, C. Wilson & S. P. Theocharopoulos, Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol: 37, (2010), 1564-7.

'Lefkandi auf Euböa. Licht in den dunklen Jahrhunderten', in Zeit der Helden. Die 'dunklen Jahrhunderte' Griechenlands 1200-700 v. Chr, C. Hattler (ed.), (Badisches Landesmuseum: Karlsruhe 2009), 180-9.

'Post-Palatial Urbanization: Some Lost Opportunities' , in Inside the City in the Greek World. Studies of Urbanism from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period, S. Owen & L. Preston (eds.), Co-author: A. Livieratou & M. Thomatos, (Oxford 2009), 62-84.

'Lefkandi in Euboea: Ricerche recenti', in Cuma, Atti del 40 convegno di studi sulla Magna Grecia, C. Pugliese Carratelli (ed.), (Taranto 2008), 11-35.

' "...ἐπεὶ πόρε μύρια ἕδνα..." (Iliad 22,472): Homeric Reflections in Early Iron Age Elite Burials', in Keimelion. Elitenbildung und elitärer Konsum von der mykenischen Palastzeit bis zur homerischen Epoche, E. Alram-Stern & G. Nightingale (eds.), (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Vienna 2007), 275-84.

'Recent Archaeological work on Xeropolis-Lefkandi: a preliminary report', in Oropos and Euboea in the Iron Age, A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), (University of Thessaly: Volos 2007), 123-133.

'The Migrations to the west coast of Asia Minor: Tradition and Archaeology', in Milesische Forschungen, J. Cobet, V. von Grave, W-D. Niemeier, & K. Zimmermann (eds.), (Deutsches Archäogisches Institut: Berlin 2007), 713-27.

Ancient Greece. From the Mycenaean Palaces to the Age of Homer, I. S. Lemos & S. Deger-Jalkotzy (eds.), (Edinburgh University Press 2006).

Across Frontiers. Etruscans, Greeks, Phoenicians, and Cypriots. Papers in honour of David Ridgway and Francesca R. Serra Ridgway, E. Herring, I. Lemos, et al. (eds.), (Accordia: London 2006).

The Protogeometric Aegean: The Archaeology of the Late Eleventh and Tenth Centuries BC, (Oxford University Press 2003).

Lefkandi III, 1, The Toumba Cemetery, The excavations of 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1992-4, Plates, Co-author: M. Popham, (Supplements of British School at Athens: Oxford 1996).

Minotaur and Centaur: Studies in the Archaeology of Crete and Euboea presented to Mervyn Popham, D. Evely, I. S. Lemos & S. Sherratt (eds.), (Tempus Reparatum, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 638: Oxford 1996).

'Part 1, The Pottery', in Lefkandi II, The Protogeometric Building at Toumba, M. R. Popham, I.S. Lemos et al. (eds.), Co-author: R.W.V. Catling, (Supplements of the British School at Athens: Oxford 1990), 1-174.