Dr Michael Given
- Senior Lecturer (Archaeology)
Dr Michael Given received his PhD in Cypriot archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 1992. Since then he has held research fellowships in Jerusalem, Nicosia and Glasgow, and is now Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow.
His main research interests include:
- landscape archaeology and archaeological survey
- historical periods in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Cyprus
- interaction between humans and the environment
- conviviality theory
- the archaeology of colonialism
- Scottish post-medieval landscape archaeology
- community archaeology
- history of archaeology
He has conducted archaeological survey and excavation in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Scotland and Turkey. From 1995-98 he was Field Director of the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project and Survey Director of the Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus. He was Co-director of the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus, from 2000-2014, and is Publication Coordinator of the Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery.
As well as working on the publication of the Kourion project, Michael Given is currently working on a wider project establishing the concept of conviviality as a tool for understanding the connectedness and interdependence of the human and non-human world; see lecture below and recent articles under 'Publications'.
His books include The Sydney Cyprus Survey Project (with A. Bernard Knapp; UCLA, 2003), The Archaeology of the Colonized (Routledge, 2004), and Landscape and Interaction: The Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus (with A.B. Knapp, J. Noller, L. Sollars, & V. Kassianidou; Volume 1 and Volume 2; Council for British Research in the Levant; now available Open Access).
- Archaeology REF champion
- Karterouni: Rising from the Ashes (Erin Gibson and Michael Given)
- Sydney Cyprus Survey Project (Field Director)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus (Co-Director)
- Kourion's Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus (Survey director and publication editor)
- Parkhead and Dalmarnock Community Heritage Project
- Archaeology of the Uplands, Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot
Conviviality, resilience and control: the sugar and flour mills
of Medieval and Ottoman Cyprus. Lecture at the Archaeological
Research Institute, University of Cyprus, 20 February 2017
- Forest Heritage of Cyprus. Council for British Research in the Levant. £5,180 (PI; Co-I: Dr Erin Gibson)
- Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus. White-Levy Publication Grant. £58,300 (PI)
- Pathways to Heritage: Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship (Dr Erin Gibson). £155,000 (PI)
- Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus: support for specialists. Harris Grant, American Schools of Oriental Research. £910 (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: publication subvention. Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. £780. (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: Publication support. University of Glasgow, Strategic Research Fund. £400 (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: Publication support. University of Glasgow, Robertson Bequest. £800 (PI)
- Storytelling and Archaeology session, Shetland. Historic Scotland. £1,000 (PI)
- Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus: study season. American Schools of Oriental Research. £502 (PI)
- Excavations at Kourion’s Amathus Gate Cemetery, Cyprus: study season. British Academy/Association of Commonwealth Universities Grant for International Collaboration. £4,536 (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: illustration expenses. Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. £1,200 (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: online article and digital archive. AHRC/Archaeology Data Service, ‘Making the LEAP’. £4,000 (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project. British Academy. £4,354 (PI)
- Early Agricultural Remnants and Technical Heritage. European Science Foundation. £535,000 (Co-Chair)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: 3rd field season. Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. £950. (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: 3rd field season Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. £1,900. (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: 3rd field season. Council for British Research in the Levant £2,874. (PI)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project. Arts and Humanities Research Board. £151,000 (Co-investigator)
- Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project: 2nd field season. British Academy. £19,070 (PI)
Accepting research students on the following topics:
- Iron Age, Roman-Byzantine and Medieval-Modern Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean
- Post-Medieval Scotland
- Human and non-human interaction and interdependence
- Landscape theory and conviviality
- Archaeological survey
Current and recent research students:
Lauren Gill (2019–2020). A Bone to Pick: How can 3D-models help communities interact with and learn about saintly relics? Research MPhil, jointly supervised with Stephen Harrison.
Erin Jamieson (2019–2020). How did windows affect the experience of space in medieval Cypriot buildings? Research MPhil, jointly supervised with Kenny Brophy.
Ally Parker-Banks (2019–2020). Pilgrimage, Perceptions and Identity: Comparing Memory Theatres from Athens, Jerusalem, and Glasgow. Research MPhil, jointly supervised with Lisa Hau.
Sarah Wink (2019–2020). Tracking social change through ritual movement and the changing use of city-space in Cyprus from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine. Research MPhil, jointly supervised with Stephen Harrison.
- Neil Erskine (2016– ). Movement, routines and religiosity in the ancient Near East. PhD, jointly supervised with Claudia Glatz.
- Erskine, Neil
Routines, Movement, and Religiosity in the Ancient Near East
- James Cromey (2018). A system in ruins; asylum architecture and its influence on mental health stigma. MPhil by research. Jointly supervised with Stephen Harrison and Cheryl McGeachan.
- Angela Massafra (2018). Southern Palestine between the final MBA and the LBA: pottery, material connections and identity in an era of change. PhD. Jointly supervised with Claudia Glatz.
- Ian McElroy (2017). Converting temples; converting minds: temple-church conversion in the Mediterranean, AD 300–800. PhD. Jointly supervised with Sophia Xenophontos.
- McCabe Allan, Morgana Elizabeth (2016). The difference of Being in the early modern world: a relational-material approach to life in Scotland in the period of the witch trials. PhD.
- Francesca Chelazzi (2016). Bronze Age settlement pattern of south-western Cyprus (2500-1050 BC). PhD, jointly supervised with Claudia Glatz.
- Donald Adamson (2014). Commercialisation before Culloden: an archaeology of the re-direction of food surpluses in the Scottish Highlands prior to 1745. PhD, jointly supervised with Chris Dalglish.
- Amanda Charland (2014). Walls of protection and power: an analysis of military and social functions of urban defences in the Holy Land, 12th to 13th centuries. PhD.
- Archaeology in the Modern World (Level 1)
- Classical Civilisation 1A: Early Greece, From Troy To Plataea, 776-479 BC (Level 1)
- Classical Civilisation 2A. The Civic Discourse Of Classical Athens (Level 2)
- The Archaeology of Religion (Honours)
- Historical Landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean (Honours)
- Landscape Archaeologies (MSc)
- Mediterranean Landscapes (MSc)
- Approaching the Ancient World through Material Culture (MLitt)
Professional activities & recognition
- 2003 - present: Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology
- 2013 - present: Journal of Islamic Archaeology
- 2011 - 2016: Australasian Archaeology
Professional & learned societies
- 2016: GU representative, University Archaeology UK
Selected international presentations
- 2017: Keynote lecture, 'Human-environment dynamics in the Peloponnese and beyond: Ideas - Methods - Results' (Swedish Institute at Athens/American School of Classical Studies in Athens)
- 2017: Invited lecture (Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus)
- 2016: Landscape Archaeology Conference (Uppsala University, Sweden)
- 2019: Keynote lecture, 'Memory, myth and return in ancient and modern Cyprus’ (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul)
- 2019: Bernard Knapp and the Archaeology of Cyprus and the wider Mediterranean (Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, Nicosia)
- 2019: European Archaeological Association (Bern, Switzerland)