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Dr Stella Diakou

Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

I received my B.A. (2005) from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus and my M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) from the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania, USA). My dissertation was entitled Lapithos: the Upper Geometric cemetery (adviser: Professor J. C. Wright). During 2008-2009, I was a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, holding the Emily T. Vermeule fellowship. In the summer of 2009 I trained at the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law and the Arts in the subjects of international law, art and cultural property. I am currently holding an one-year IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on a project entitled Cultural and Political Landscapes: the View from the North Coast of Cyprus. The project is carried out at the Department of Classics under the mentorship of Dr. C. Morris.

Research interests

My research interests are centred on the archaeology of Cyprus and the Mediterranean. My specialization is Cypro-Geometric Cyprus and the archaeology of the north coast in the Bronze and Early Iron Age. I am also very much interested in the archaeology of contested regions, in issues of memory and identity in relation to archaeological material and in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, especially in occupied and contested regions and war zones.

My current project, funded by the IRC, explores the cultural and political landscape of the north coast of Cyprus through the archaeology of Lapithos. This project is based on the study and publication of a cemetery excavated 80 years ago, at Lapithos, on the north coast of Cyprus. The Iron Age polity of Lapithos remains one of the most enigmatic polities because of issues of visibility and accessibility. This study aims to reconstruct the history of Lapithos from the Bronze Age and through the Iron Age. Questions to explore are

  1. the formation of personal and communal identities as expressed in the mortuary record
  2. The diachronic change of mortuary landscapes and their relationship to settlement configuration
  3. The fluctuation of site networks and their response to environmental and economic factors
  4. The formation of Iron Age polities and their trajectories toward territorial consolidation.
Finally, because it has at its core the study of material from an occupied territory, this project provides the opportunity to explore issues of cultural heritage and its role in peace building efforts and conflict resolution. Archaeology is a political discipline and as such it can be used to renegotiate issues of memory and identity and to reconstruct histories of towns that can no longer be physically accessed.

Contact Details

Department of Classics,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 8961208
Fax: 00 353 1 6710862

Last updated 22 October 2014