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Department of Archaeology



I completed my PhD in Mycenaean funerary practices at the University of Edinburgh in 1999. Since then, I have worked at the British School at Athens (1997-2005), the University of Sheffield (2005-2008), and the University of Cambridge (2008-2022). 


My main research interests lie in the prehistoric Aegean where I have worked in the Peloponnese and Cyclades. I am co-director with Colin Renfrew of the Keros-Naxos Seaways Project, a four-year survey and excavation project focused on the Early Bronze Age of the Cycladic islands in the Aegean. The project is currently in the study and publication phase. I have co-edited three volumes from previous Keros studies, and am currently co-editing a further two Keros volumes. I have also co-edited two volumes on Early Cycladic sculpture.

I recently published a book (with John Barrett) From Stonehenge to Mycenae: the challenges of archaeological interpretation. I have published a book and several papers on Mycenaean funerary practices (available on my page), and have co-edited two volumes on funerary practices. 

I was assistant director of the Keros Island Survey, and have co-directed work at Phylakopi.  I have conducted and published numerous geophysical research projects in Greece, Albania and Bulgaria.

Key Publications

Other Professional Activities

Member of Council, British School at Athens, 2006-2010, 2013-2017.

Job Titles

Honorary Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Senior Research Affiliate, Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center, The Cyprus Institute

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Built Environment
Archaeological Theory
Field Methods
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

Contact Details

mjb235 [at]


Person keywords: 
Mortuary Studies
Aegean Early Bronze Age
Archaeological Theory
Science, Technology and Innovation
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Material Culture
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Other Late Prehistory
Other Prehistory