|Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology||332A||+44 (0) 191 33 41138|
|Member of Steering Group in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture|
|Member of the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East|
Before moving into archaeology, I trained as a studio artist in ceramic design and then painting, printmaking and drawing, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA. After working as an artist, illustrator and journalist in my native Bermuda, I took an RSA diploma in Early European Art History from Christie’s Education in London, going on to do an MPhil and a DPhil in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. During that time I worked as a curatorial assistant at the Bermuda Maritime Museum and at Sir John Soane's Museum in London, and as Researcher at the Oxford Research Archive of Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum’s Cast Gallery. Subsequently, I have held a Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford (intermitted for a temporary lectureship in the Department of Classics, Oxford), a fixed-term lectureship in Classical Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and research fellowships at The Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University in Istanbul and at the British Institute at Ankara. I have also participated in various field work projects in Bermuda and Turkey (Kerkenes, Zincirli, Çaltilar) as an excavator, finds registrar, and sculpture specialist.
My research bridges art history and archaeology, and I have published on approaches to imagery, meaning and identity, and assessing context, with new contrbutions concerning landscape and economic contexts. I focus on Anatolia and the Mediterranean in the Iron Ages to Classical or Achaemenid Empire periods (first half of the first millennium BC), with a specific concentration on the non-Greek speaking zones of Central and Western Anatolia (Phrygia, Hellespontine Phrygia, Lydia and Lycia). I am currently working on a synthesis book on memorial art, identities and the idea of impact in early Achaemenid Anatolia and further collaborations on Lycia and Achaemenid environmental archaeology.
Alongside this, I have other developing projects examining diversity in and affinity with archaeology as a discipline (Archaeological Horizons), and the visual, built and lived environments of places (PlaceLab).
I am a passionate believer in the role of archaeology in modern society and as a university subject which can impart a great range of skills, both practical and intellectual, with applications beyond the confines of academia: close, forensic analysis, visual attention, synthesis, problem spotting and solving, research, good writing for multiple audiences, and a sense of human interaction with and the formation of the material world which we inhabit. In my teaching, I aim to provide practical opportunities to build these skills; to inspire enthusiasm for critical and creative analysis of representations of the past and the relevance of this for contemporary society; and to help students to develop their confidence and their own original thoughts.
I have taught topics from the archaeology of Iron Age Anatolia and Early Greece to art in the Roman Empire, and I have particular interests in addressing aspects such as ethnicity and identity, approaches to images, and regionalism. I offer a specialist third year class on Greeks and Others: Art and Identity in Ancient Greece and Beyond, which considers these and related issues.
I have supervised undergraduate dissertations on topics from the Classical Athenian Tholos to supernatural creatures on Achaemenid gems, and MA dissertations from the regional contextual emergence of the Aeolic 'order' to the Saite Egyptian environment for transferring artistic ideas to the Aegean.
I currently supervise PhD projects covering such ground as the regional adaptation of the human-bird hybrid form in ancient Asian art; the reception and framing of Lycia in connection with the British Museum collection of Lycian materials; the emergence of monumental visual culture in Crete in an Eastern Mediterranean perspective; the collection, curation and display of Black Africans in Greek and Roman art collections; reconstructing and reconsidering weaving at ancient Olynthos; Bronze Age burial practices in Anatolia; Egyptian iconography; and Roman monumental place-making.
- Archaeology of Achaemenid Anatolia and the nature of impact
- Archaeology of Iron Age Anatolia
- Cultural regionalism in relation to economy and connectivity
- Place, landscapes, production and monumental environments
- Theorising interpretation of art and iconography
- 2023: Chair, CIfA EDI Committee:
- 2022: Council Member, British Institute at Ankara:
- 2022: Chair, Publications Committee, British Institute at Ankara:
- 2022: Member, Archaeology Research Committee, Bermuda National Trust:
- 2021: Member, CIfA EDI Committee:
- 2017: Council Member, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA): Elected council member; finance committee member.
- 2016: Invited member of the Scientific Board of Colloquium Anatolicum, journal of the Türk Eskiçağ Bilimleri Enstitüsü:
- 2015: External Appointment Referee, Aarhus University:
- 2015: External Postdoctoral Fellowship Referee, FWO:
- 2015: External Docent Appointment Referee, Uppsala University:
- Draycott, C. M., & Summers, G. D. (2008). Kerkenes Special Studies 1. Sculpture and Inscriptions from the Monumental Entrance to the Palatial Complex at Kerkenes Dağ, Turkey. Oriental Institute Press
- Draycott, C. M. (in press). CARIA, CRETE AND FOUNDATION MYTHS. (N.) Carless Unwin Caria and Crete in Antiquity. Cultural Interaction between Anatolia and the Aegean. Pp. xx + 266, ills, maps. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Classical Review, https://doi.org/10.1017/s0009840x18002652
- Draycott, C. M. (2015). Review of Ş. Karagöz, Kleinasiatisch-gräko-perische Kunstwerke im archäologischen Museum von Istanbul. Istanbuler Forschungen 54. Ernst Wasmuth, Tübingen 2013. American Journal of Archaeology, 119(2), https://doi.org/10.3764/ajaonline1192.draycott
- Draycott, C. M. (2014). Review of E. Simpson, The Furniture from Tumulus MM. The Gordion Wooden Objects, Vol. 1. 2 vols. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East Vol. 32. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 134(2), 326-329. https://doi.org/10.7817/jameroriesoci.134.2.326
- Draycott, C. M. (2014). Review of E. Dusinberre, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia. New York: CUP 2013. American Journal of Archaeology, 118(3), https://doi.org/10.3764/ajaonline1183.draycott
- Draycott, C. M. (2014). Review of Matt Waters, Ancient Persia. A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE. New York: CUP 2014. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Article BMCR 2014.09.61
- Draycott, C. M. (2011). Review of I. Benda-Weber, Lykier und Karier. Zwei autochthone Ethnien Kleinasiens zwischen Orient und Okzident. Asia Minor Studien 56
- Draycott, C. M. (2009). Review of Stephen L. Dyson and Robert J. Rowland Jr., Shepherds, Sailors and Conquerors. Archaeology and History in Sardinia from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. Philadelphia 2007. Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
- Draycott, C. M. (2008). Review of Chr. Rudolph, Das 'Harpyien-Monument' von Xanthos: seine Bedeutung innerhalb der spätarchaischen Plastik. BAR International Series 1108. Oxford: Hedges 2003
- Draycott, C. M. (2007). Review of H. Dedeoğlu, The Lydians and Sardis. Istanbul: A Turizm Yayınları 2004. Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
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- Draycott, C. M. (in press). Filling in the Holes and Joining up the Dots of the Seventh Century BC in Anatolia and Beyond: an introduction. In C. M. Draycott, S. Branting, J. W. Lehner, & Y. Özarslan (Eds.), From Midas to Cyrus and Other Stories. Papers on Iron Age Anatolia in honour of Geoffrey and Françoise Summers. British Institute at Ankara
- Draycott, C. M. (2019). Art History and Achaemenid History: Or, What You Can Get out of the Back End of a Bull. In C. M. Draycott, R. Raja, K. Welch, & W. T. Wootton (Eds.), Visual histories of the classical world essays in honour of R.R.R. Smith (15-33). Brepols Publishers
- Draycott, C. M. (2019). Activating the Achaemenid Landscape. The Broken Lion Tomb (Yılan Taş) and the Phrygian Highlands in the Achaemenid Period. In G. R. Tsetskhladze (Ed.), Phrygia in antiquity : from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period (189-220). Peeters Press
- Draycott, C. M. (2018). Making meaning of myth. On the interpretation of mythological imagery in the Polyxena Sarcophagus and the Kızılbel Tomb and the History of Achaemenid Asia Minor. In L. Audley-Miller, & B. Dignas (Eds.), Wandering myths : transcultural uses of myth in the ancient world (23-70). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110421453-004
- Draycott, C. M. (2016). Drinking to Death: The Emergence of the ‘Totenmahl’ and Drinking Culture in Late Archaic/early Achaemenid Western Anatolia. In C. M. Draycott, & M. Stamatopoulou (Eds.), Dining and death : interdisciplinary perspectives on the 'Funerary banquet' in ancient art, burial and belief (219-298). Peeters Publishers
- Draycott, C. M. (2016). Introduction: what lies beyond. In C. M. Draycott, & M. Stamatopoulou (Eds.), Dining and death : interdisciplinary perspectives on the 'Funerary banquet' in ancient art, burial and belief (1-32). Peeters Publishers
- Draycott, C. M. (2015). Unicorn’s horn or guideline? On the meaning of an unusual diagonal line in an unfinished relief of a bovine on the Kalekapı tomb at Donalar, Paphlagonia. In W. Wootton, B. Russell, & E. Libonati (Eds.), Art in the Making: Approaches to the Carving of Stone. The Art of Making in Antiquity. Stoneworking in the Roman World
- Draycott, C. M. (2011). Funerary or Military Convoy? Thoughts on the Tatarlı convoy painting and the meaning of the ‘Greco-Persian’ convoy. In L. Summerer, A. Ivantchik, & A. von Kienlin (Eds.), Kelainai – Apameia Kibotos: Stadtentwicklung im anatolischen Kontext/Kélainai – Apamée Kibôtos: Développement urbain dans le contexte anatolien. Akten des Kolloquiums, München 2 April – 4 April 2009 (55-61). De Boccard, Editiones Ausonius
- Draycott, C. M. (2008). Bird-women on the Harpy Monument from Xanthos, Lycia: sirens or harpies?. In D. Kurtz, C. Meyer, D. Saunders, A. Tsingarida, & N. Harris (Eds.), Essays in classical archaeology for Eleni Vassiliou 1977-2007 (145-153). Archaeopress
- Draycott, C. M. (2007). Dynastic Definitions: Differentiating Status Claims in the Archaic Pillar Tomb Reliefs of Lycia. In A. Sagona, & A. Çilingiroğlu (Eds.), Anatolian Iron Ages 6: The Proceedings of the Sixth Anatolian Iron Ages Symposium held at Eskişehir-Turkey, 16-19 August 2004 (103-34). Peeters Publishers
- Essays in Honour of R.R.R. Smith. Brepols Publishers
- Draycott, C. M., Branting, S., Lehner, J. W., & Özarslan, Y. (Eds.). (in press). From Midas to Cyrus and Other Stories. Papers on Iron Age Anatolia in honour of Geoffrey and Françoise Summers. British Institute at Ankara
- Draycott, C. M., & Stamatopoulou, M. (Eds.). (2016). Dining and Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the ‘Funerary Banquet’ in Ancient Art, Burial and Belief. Peeters Publishers
- Draycott, C. M. (2016). Images and Identities: Interpreting Identities in the Tomb Decorations of Anatolia in the Early Achaemenid Period. AEMES journal, 23-27
- Draycott, C. M. (2016). History through Architecture: getting to know a Lycian dynast through his city's urban development. AEMES journal, 28-33
- Draycott, C. M. (2015). ‘Heroa’ and the City. Kuprlli’s New Architecture and the Making of the ‘Lycian Acropolis’ of Xanthus in the Early Classical period. Anatolian Studies, 65, 97-142. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0066154615000083
- Draycott, C. M. (2010). Convoy Commanders and Other Military Identities in Tomb Art of Western Anatolia around the Time of the Persian Wars
- Draycott, C. M. (2010). What does 'Being Graeco-Persian' mean? An introduction to the papers