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Projects & Fieldwork

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Archaeology Projects

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Thronfolger. Replikenwissen

Travelling Thrones. Replica Knowledge

A research and exhibition project at the Tieranatomisches Theater Exhibition Research Lab, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Funded by the International Museum Fellowship programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The project manager is Felix Sattler.


Researcher Status: International Research Fellow, 'Thronfolger, Replikenwissen' Project; Permanent Fellow, Cluster of Excellence 'Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory', Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

 

Duration: 2016-2017


Related Websites:


http://www.kulturtechnik.hu-berlin.de/content/FIM

http://www.fellow-me.de/fellows/anna-simandiraki-grimshaw/


Latest Outcomes:


Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Sattler F., 2017, "Replica Knowledge: An Archaeology of the Multiple Past", exhibition at the Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 15/9/2017-31/3/2018. 

 

Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Sattler F., 2017, 'Travelling Thrones / Replica Knowledge', project presentation and workshop, Symposium Bridging Human Clashes – Globale Fragen, lokale Antworten, Fellow Me! Die Mobile Akademie im Programm Fellowship Internationales Museum, German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), Berlin, Germany, 23–25 March 2017. Download presentation here.


Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2017, Fellow-Me interviewSymposium Bridging Human Clashes – Globale Fragen, lokale Antworten, Fellow Me! Die Mobile Akademie im Programm Fellowship Internationales Museum, German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), Berlin, Germany, 23–25 March 2017.


Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Sattler F., 2017, "Replica Knowledge: Histories, Processes and Identities", symposium at the Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2/2/2017-4/2/2017. 

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Conceptualising the Minoan Human Body

The human body played a vital role in Bronze Age Cretan social, economic, political and other networks across two millennia. However, most studies on Bronze Age Cretan corporeality have to date mainly focused on iconographies of the human body, or, less so, on skeletal remains. My research seeks to explore ways in which current data can be better combined towards a more comprehensive understanding of the human condition in Bronze Age Crete.

 

Researcher Status: Principal Investigator (PI).

 

Duration: 2009 to date

 

Latest Publications (in press and printed):

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘Exotic and Hybrid Creatures in the art of prehistoric Greece and the Aegean’, Hitchcock L.A., Davis B. (eds.), A Companion to Aegean Art and Architecture, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2015, ‘The Body Brand and Minoan Zonation’, in Cappel S., Günkel-Maschek U., Panagiotopoulos D. (eds.), Minoan Archaeology: Perspectives for the 21st Century, UCL Presses universitaires de Louvain: 267 – 282.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., 2013, ‘Anthropomorphic Vessels as Re-Imagined Corporealities in Bronze Age Crete’, Creta Antica XIV: 17-68 [printed in 2015].

Related Projects:

  • The Petras Minoan Palace and Cemetery publication project, Crete, Greece (figurines and plastic vessels materials included from this project).

Selected Funding:

  • Margo Tytus Long-Term Visiting Research Fellowship, Classics Department, University of Cincinnati, USA. (2009)
  • Conference fee sponsorship, Durham University Durham, UK. (2009);
  • Conference sponsorship, Netherlands-Flemish Archaeological Institute in Cairo, Egypt (2008).


Miniature Vessels in Minoan Crete

Miniature vessels, although ubiquitous,  are inadequately defined and studied both in terms of theoretical issues (e.g. miniaturisation), as well as practical ones (e.g. stratigraphy). My research aims to conduct a systematic study and publication of such vessels from Minoan Crete. By meticulously recording and contextualising them, we will gain new, diachronic and site-specific knowledge about artistic and economic issues in Minoan societies, perhaps even issues of age and gender.


Researcher Status: Principal Investigator (PI).


Duration: 2006 to date


Latest Publications (printed):

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2012, ‘Miniature Vessels from Petras’, in Tsipopoulou M. (ed.), Petras, Siteia, 25 years of excavations and studies, Acts of a two-day conference held at the Danish Institute at Athens, Greece, 9-10 October 2010, Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens vol. 16: 255-264.
  • Simandiraki A. 2011, ‘Miniature vessels in Minoan Crete’, Proceedings of the 10th International Cretological Congress, Chania, Crete, Greece, 1-8 October 2006: A3, 45-58.

Related Projects (miniature vessels used from these projects):

  • The Galatas Minoan Palace and City publication project, Crete, Greece.
  • The Zakros Minoan Palace and City publication project, Crete, Greece.
  • The Petras Minoan Palace publication project, Crete, Greece.
  • The Armenoi Mycenaean Necropolis publication project, Crete, Greece. 

Selected Funding:

  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), USA. (2009).


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The Galatas Minoan Palace and City publication project

The Galatas Minoan Palace and City excavation and publication project is directed by Drs. Y. Rethemiotakis and K. Christakis under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and with funding from INSTAP. My role within the project is the study and publication of the Middle Minoan III pottery and the miniature vessels.


Middle Minoan III has seen renewed interest in the bibliography recently, for two main reasons: a) the fact that it represents the transition between the Old and the New Palace periods in Crete, therefore holding valuable clues as to societal and economic shifts; b) the continuing elusion of its clear stratigraphic boundaries, which would help elucidate those shifts. The MMIII deposits at the Palace of Galatas are exceptional in their nature and stratigraphy. It is therefore hoped that this subproject, focusing as it does on clearly stratified and carefully excavated MMIII assemblages, will clarify many important issues connected to this transition.


Researcher Status: project member; PI for MMIII pottery and miniature vessels.

 

Duration (researcher involvement): 2009 to date

 

Latest Publications (in press):

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘Fleeting Fingers, Silent Pots? Examining human-vessel engagement in the Minoan Palace of Galatas Pediados, Crete’, in Müller K., Hoffmann S., Schiller B. (eds.), In memoriam Veit Stürmer.

Selected Funding:

  • Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, Oxford, UK. (2011);
  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), USA. (2010-12).



The Petras

Minoan Palace

and Cemetery

publication project

The Petras Minoan Palace and Cemetery excavation and publication project is directed by Dr. M. Tsipopoulou under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and with funding from INSTAP. My role within the project is the study and publication of the miniature vessels, figurines and plastic vesssels.The Petras material, although not extensive, is nevertheless really significant in the study and comprehension of such classes of artefacts. It is already becoming apparent that the detailed examination of the techniques, variability, context and palatial provenance of the Petras specimens will add hitherto undetected pieces in the puzzle of their significance as artefacts and concepts.

 

Researcher Status: project member; PI for miniature vessels, figurines and plastic vessels.

 

Duration (researcher involvement): 2007 to date

 

Latest Publications (in press):

  • Tsipopoulou M, Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘Cycladic figurines and pottery from Petras, Siteia’, Cycladica In Crete: Cycladic And Cycladicizing Figurines Within Their Archaeological Context, International Symposium, Museum Of Cycladic Art.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2017, ‘The ‘Petras Sphinx’: An Essay on Hybridity’, in Tsipopoulou M. (ed.) Petras, Siteia: The Pre- and Proto-palatial cemetery in context, Acts of a two-day conference held at the Danish Institute at Athens, 14-15 February 2015, Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens Volume 21, Danish Institute at Athens: 179-193.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘The Figurines’, in Tsipopoulou M. (ed.), Petras: Houses I.1 and I.2. INSTAP Academic Press. 

 Related Projects:

  • Conceptualising the Minoan Human Body (see above)
  • Miniature Vessels in Minoan Crete (see above)

Selected Funding:

  • Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art and National Geographic (2015)

Reception of (Minoan) Archaeology

Archaeology is always involved in a complex network of often conflicting identities, both in the past and the present. My research in this area explores the manifold ways in which archaeology and identity interact. This includes the development, ontologies and assumptions of artefactual databases; heritage micropolitics; disenfranchisement; boundaries of archaeological identity; as well as nationalism, branding, politics etc.

 

Researcher Status: Principal Investigator (PI).

 

Duration: 2004 to date

 

Latest Publications (in press and printed):

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘Reception of Aegean art: Politics, nationalism, and feminism’, Hitchcock L.A., Davis B. (eds.), A Companion to Aegean Art and Architecture, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Stefanou E. (eds.) 2012, From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the ‘Other’ Past, British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series 2409, ISBN 9781407310077.
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Archaeological Pedagogies

I am also fascinated by a sub-set of the archaeology and identity thread, the interplay of education and archaeology. I pursue this principally within the Greek context, but also in contexts where international education and multiculturalism are more prominently involved.


Researcher Status: Principal Investigator (PI).


Duration: 2004 to date

 

Latest Publications (forthcoming):

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. in press, ‘An Archaeology of/for the Disenfranchised in Greece’, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies.

Archaeology Fieldwork & Museum Work

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EXCAVATIONS

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ARTEFACT STUDIES

  • Petras Siteias: Minoan Palace, Crete, Greece. Ayios Nikolaos Ephorate (Archaeological Service, 1995-6, 2013, 2016).
  • Knossos: Little Palace, Crete, Greece. British School of Archaeology at Athens (2002).
  • Monastiraki: Minoan complex, Crete, Greece. Department of Archaeology, University of Crete (1995-6).
  • Eleutherna: Geometric–Roman city, Crete, Greece. Department of Archaeology, University of Crete (1994-5).


ARCHAEOLOGICAL ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • Friends of the Hellenic National Archive of Monuments (2010 to date).
  • Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) (2009).
  • European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) (2006-9).
  • World Archaeological Congress (WAC) (2007-9).
  • BSA (British School of Archaeology at Athens), (2000-2002).
  • SPHS (Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies) (1999 – 2013).
  • The British Museum Friends (1998-1999).
  • Aegean Bronze Age replicas material and original artefacts from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, the British Museum, London, UK, the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, UK, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, the Free University in Berlin, Germany, the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany, Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete, Greece, the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece, WMF, Geislingen, Germany, Knossos archaeological site, Crete, Greece. Together with Felix Sattler, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2016-2017) and Fay Stevens, Notre Dame University, London, UK (2009 to date). 
  • Galatas: Minoan Palace and Building 1, Crete, Greece. Archaeological Museum of Herakleion (2010 to date).
  • Petras Siteias: Minoan Palace and Byzantine areas, Crete, Greece. Ayios Nikolaos and Siteia Archaeological Museums and Ephorate, Department of Archaeology, University of Crete, (Hellenic) National Institute for Research (1995-6, 2007, 2009, 2011 to date).
  • Zakros: Minoan Palace, Crete, Greece. Zakros excavation, Knossos Villa Ariadne, Siteia and Ayios Nikolaos Archaeological Museums and Ephorate, Department of Archaeology, University of Crete, Hellenic Association of Archaeology at Athens (1994-6, 2009, 2011 to date).
  • Juktas: Building B of the Minoan Peak Sanctuary, Crete, Greece. PhD museum work. Herakleion Archaeological Museum and Ephorate, Knossos Stratigraphic Museum. Also parallels from the Palace of Knossos and the town of Kommos (1997-2002).
  • Material from various Mycenaean sites, Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete, Greece, Department of Archaeology, University of Crete, Archaeological Institute of Crete (1997).
  • Eleutherna: Byzantine sections of the city. Department of Archaeology, University of Crete, (Hellenic) National Institute for Research (1996-7).


ACADEMIC AWARDS AND FUNDING


  • Archaeological research grants: Mediterranean Archaeological Trust Grant for museum work on the ‘Galatas Minoan Palace and City Publication’ project. Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, Oxford, UK. (2011); INSTAP Grant for the project entitled ‘Miniature Vessels in Minoan Crete’. Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), USA. (2009); Research Scholarship for PhD research, University of Bristol, UK. (1998-2001);
  • Conference sponsorships: “Cycladic and Cycladicizing figurines from Crete Symposium” (Athens, 2-3 October 2015), Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art and National Geographic (2015); Conference fee sponsorship, Durham University for the 31st Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Durham University, Durham, UK. (2009); Conference sponsorship at “Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean” (Cairo, 26-29 October 2008), Netherlands-Flemish Archaeological Institute in Cairo, Egypt (2008);
  • Visiting fellowship: Margo Tytus Long-Term Visiting Research Fellowship (Jan.-Mar.). Classics Department, University of Cincinnati, USA. (2009);
  • International Fellowship: International Research Fellow, 'Thronfolger/Replikenwissen' Project, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2016-2017);
  • Excellence awards: BA Excellence Award, National Institute of Scholarships (IKY), Greece (1997); “Dretakis Award” for BA result, “Kritiki Estia” Institute of Athens, Greece (1997); “Polydoros Vardoulakis Award”, “Kritiki Estia” Institute of Athens, Greece (1997); Annual “Louis Robert Award”, for best undergraduate / postgraduate project in the Branch of Ancient History (Academic Year Α, 1993-1994), Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece (1994).
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International Education Projects

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  • ‘Directory of International Education Practitioners and Researchers’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team.  Team Leader (2007-2009).
  • ‘International Education and Cultural Heritage’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team. Personal Project, Team Leader (2003-2009).
  • ‘Practitioner Research Project’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team (2003-2006).
  • ‘School-University Transition Study’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team (2003-2006).       
  • ‘Finland Distance Teaching Project’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team (2003-2006).        
  • ‘Interactive Intergenerational Research Project’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team (2003-2006).    
  • ‘CfBT E-learning research project’ (international project), International Baccalaureate Research Team, CfBT (Centre for British Teachers) (2003-2006).             

International Education Fieldwork

  • Thompson J. Yao Z., Simandiraki A., 2003-2006, Questionnaire design and implementation for a variety of Final Year secondary school students world-wide, and collaboration with local staff, involving ca. 3,000 students, School-University Transition Study, International Baccalaureate Research Unit, University of Bath, UK.
  • Cambridge J, Simandiraki A., 2003-2006, Interviews with a variety of Final Year secondary school students in UK international schools, e.g. in Sevenoaks School, Kent and UWC Atlantic College, Wales, Interactive Intergenerational Research Project, International Baccalaureate Research Unit, University of Bath, UK.
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