Artemis Karnava

Assistant Professor in Prehistoric Archaeology
E-mail: karnava[at]uoc[dot]gr
Office No.: 75
Telephone: 2831077365
Office hours: Send message to karnava[at]uoc[dot]gr for an appointment.

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She has a BA from the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1993), an MA from the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield in the UK (1995) and a PhD with a thesis on the Cretan Hieroglyphic script of the 2nd mill. BC from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium (2000). Between 1993 and 2012 she excavated in different archaeological sites in Greece as a contract archaeologist for the Greek Ministry of Culture. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Crete (2008, 2011) and has carried out post-doctoral research at the universities of Cambridge (2003) and Vienna (2012-2014). She was a research collaborator at the Greek National Research Foundation (2007-2008) and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (2016-2018), where she was one of the editors of the corpus of Cypriot syllabic inscriptions of the 1st mill. BC for the Inscriptiones Graecae project.

Research interests: the archaeology and epigraphy of the eastern Mediterranean from the 3rd to the 1st mill. BC.


Selected publications:


Seals, sealings and seal impressions from Akrotiri in Thera, Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel, Beiheft 10, CMS Heidelberg 2018 (


«Minoan archives: a case for the preservation of institutional memory», E. Borgna, I. Caloi, F. M. Carinci & R. Laffineur (eds.), MΝΗΜΗ / ΜΝΕΜΕ, Past and Μemory in the Aegean Bronze Age, Proceedings of the 17th International Aegean Conference, University of Udine, Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Humanities, 17-21 April 2018, Aegaeum 43, Leuven-Liège 2019, 579-589, Pl. CCI-CCIII.

«The inscribed loomweight», in I. Nikolakopoulou, with the collaboration of C. J. Knappett, J. Hilditch, I. Mathioudaki, P. M. Day, V. Kilikoglou, N. Müller, S. Vakirtzi, A. Karnava & C. Jeffra, Akrotiri, Thera. Middle Bronze Age. Pottery and stratigraphy. Volume I. Stratigraphy, ceramic typology and technology, weaving equipment, Library of the Archaeological Society in Athens 318, 2019, 501-504.

Review of: Thomas Berres, Der Diskus von Phaistos. Grundlagen seiner Entzifferung, Frankfurt-am-Main, Vittorio Klostermann, in Revue Archéologique 66, 2018, 389-394.

«The syllabic inscriptions of Amathous: past and present», Α. Cannavó & L. Thély (eds.), Les royaumes de Chypre à l’épreuve de l’histoire: transitions et ruptures de la fin de l’âge du Bronze au début de l’époque hellénistique, BCH-Supplément 60, 2018, 201-212.

«Protopalatial Crete: one or more economies?», in P. Carlier†, F. Joannès, F. Rougemont & J. Zurbach (eds.), Palatial Economy in the ancient Near East and in the Aegean: first steps towards a comprehensive study and analysis, Actes of the ESF exploratory workshop held in Sèvres, 16-19 Sept. 2010, Pasiphae 11, 2017, 23-42.

«Capitolo 4. La scrittura “geroglifica” cretese», in M. del Freo & M. Perna (eds.), Manuale di Epigrafia Micenea. Introduzione allo studio dei testi in lineare B, Padova 2016, vol. I, 63-86.

A. Karnava, E. Kolia & E. Margaritis, «A Classical/Hellenistic oil pressing installation in Foti-Vroskopos, Keos», in A. Diler, K. Şenol & Ü. Aydınoğlu (eds.), Olive oil and wine production in Eastern Mediterranean during antiquity, International Symposium Proceedings, 17-19 November 2011, Urla, Turkey, İzmir 2015, 107-123.

«In the land of Lilliput: writing in the Bronze Age Aegean», World Archaeology 47.1: Miniaturization, 2015, 137-157.

E. Skafida, A. Karnava & J.-P. Olivier, «Two new Linear B tablets from the site of Kastro-Palaia in Volos», in P. Carlier, Ch. de Lamberterie, M. Egetmeyer, N. Guilleux, Fr. Rougemont & J. Zurbach (eds.), Études mycéniennes 2010. Actes du XIIIe colloque international sur les textes égéens, Sèvres, Paris, Nanterre, 20-23 septembre 2010, Biblioteca di “Pasiphae” X, Pisa-Roma 2012, 55-73.

«Written and stamped records in the Late Bronze Age Cyclades: the sea journeys of an administration», in N. Brodie, J. Doole, G. Gavalas & C. Renfrew (eds.), Horizon. A colloquium on the prehistory of the Cyclades, McDonald Institute Monographs-Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Cambridge 2008, 377-386.