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Department of Archaeology



Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou is the Assistant Keeper for the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum. Anastasia focused on the Archaeology of the Greek EIA and Archaic periods, particularly the architecture and material cultures of the Greek domestic environment, as part of her doctoral thesis in Cambridge and later conducted postdoctoral research at the Topoi Institute in Berlin, for two years before moving to the Department of Antiquities. She has worked extensively as research associate on archaeological projects in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for over 10 years.


Her recent research topics include the Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age, Island Archaeology and the Archaeology of Cyprus, as well as Digital Archaeology, Public Archaeology and Public engagement with Museums. She is currently leading the 3-year research project ‘Being an Islander’: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands, (2019-2022) aiming to critically re-examine the concept of island life through material culture. The project will culminate in a large exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum planned for September 2021 –March 2022, which will showcase archaeological finds and artworks from the islands of Cyprus, Sardinia and Crete.


Key publications: 

Edited Books:

Codebreakers & Groundbreakers, with I. Galanakis and J. Grime, Fitzwilliam Museum,Cambridge, 2017.

In Preparation

Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands, Edited volume, forthcoming Spring 2021.

Material Cultures in Public Engagement: Re-inventing Public Archaeology within Museum collections, edited volume, forthcoming 2019.


Codebreakers and Groundbreakers, from Linear B tablets to the Enigma machine, Minerva Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2017, p. 46-50.

Re-examining the history of Cypriot antiquities in the Fitzwilliam Museum: a closerlook at the collection's past and future, in G. Bourogiannis and C. Muhlenbock eds., Ancient Cyprus Today: Museum Collections and New Research (SIMA pocket-book 184), Uppsala 2016, p.13 -19.

Does the Cretan house stand alone? Households in geometric Crete viewed in thecontext of domestic architecture in the Cyclades and the eastern Aegean, in W.-D. Niemeier, O.Pilz und I. Kaiser eds., Kreta in der geometrischen und archaischen Zeit. Akten des internationalen Kolloquiums am Deutschen Archaologischen Institut, Athenaia 2, Munchen 2013, 437-453.

Domestic Space and Community identity in the Aegean islands and Crete, MOSAIK journal, Raumdimensionen im Altertum, Berlin, 2010.



Teaching and Supervisions


Anastasia has taught as a temporary lecturer in London (Birkbeck College) and has been a supervisor for Art and Archaeology in Cambridge since 2007. She currently advises a doctoral student in Mediterranean Archaeology (University of Cambridge) and will co-supervise (2020-2023) a second PhD student as part of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards. Anastasia is also a Tutor for Classical Art and Archaeology for the Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, where she teaches for the Diploma and Certificate in Archaeology.

Anastasia has been a supervisor for Art and Archaeology in Cambridge since 2007.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Managing Committee of the Aegeus Society
  • co-editor of the Aegeus Book Reviews

Job Titles

Assistant Keeper, Antiquities (Fitzwilliam Museum)

General Info

Takes PhD students
Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Material Culture
Cultural Heritage


Person keywords: 
Island Archaeology
Public Archaeology
Material Culture Studies
Heritage Studies
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age