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Dr Bartłomiej Lis

Dr Bartłomiej Lis

Interdisciplinary Center of Archaeological Research




Research interests:

My research interests focus on the communities inhabiting the region of the Aegean Sea basin (mainly the territory of modern Greece and the western coast of Turkey) during the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. My studies consider mainly the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1700-1050 B.C.) and the Mycenaean culture developing at that time, which created the early state structures based on extensive administration, the use of writing (linear B) and palace centers located in several regions of the Greek land. My specialization is the ceramics of that time, which I study to understand better the economic and socio-political processes taking place in that region. I am interested, among others, in the functional aspects of the ceramics, of its singular forms as well as its whole assemblages, which allow to explore the character of the events leading to the formation of particular assemblages. By employing the archaeometric methods (chemical analysis and petrography) I examine the problem of trade and ceramic production. I strive to put attention not only towards the problem of supplying (meaning production), but also to the active role of the demand (meaning the consumers, the users of the ceramics) in forming the assemblages which we examine during the excavations. My most important line of research lately is the question of the mobility of potters and the methods of discovering it in the archaeological material.

Selected bibliography:


Lis B. (2017). Foodways in Early Mycenaean Greece: Innovative Cooking Sets and Social Hierarchy at Mitrou and Other Settlements on the Greek Mainland. American Journal of Archaeology,121(2), 183-217. doi:10.3764/aja.121.2.0183.

Lis B. (2017). Variability of Ceramic Production and Consumption on the Greek Mainland During the Middle Stages of the Late Bronze Age: The Waterpots from the Menelaion, Sparta. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 36(3), 243-266. doi:10.1111/ojoa.12114

Lis B. (2016). A Foreign Potter in the Pylian Kingdom? A Reanalysis of the Ceramic Assemblage of Room 60 at the Palace of Nestor in Pylos. Hesperia. The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 85(3), 491-536. doi:10.2972/hesperia.85.3.0491

Lis B. (2013).Let’s Start From (a) Scratch: New Ways of Looking at Vessels’ Function. Archeologia, 61, 7–14.

Chapters in edited volumes:

Lis B. (2018). Hand-made pottery groups in Mainland Greece during the 13th and 12th c. BC as a sign of economic crisis?. W: I. Caloi and C. Langohr (red.), Technology in Crisis. Technological changes in ceramic production during periods of trouble (139-150). Louvain: Presses Universitaires.

Lis B. (2018). Potters in Captivity? An Alternative Explanation for the Italo-Mycenaean Pottery of the 13th century BCE. W: J. Driesssen (red.), An Archaeology of Forced Migration. Crisis-induced mobility and the Collapse of the 13th c. BCE Eastern Mediterranean (261-271). Louvain: Presses Universitaires.

Lis B. (2017). Mycenaean Cooking Pots: Attempt at an Interregional Comparison. W: J. Hruby, D.A. Trusty (red.), From Cooking Vessels to Cultural Practices in the Late Bronze Age Aegean (39-45). Oxford: Archaeopress.

Lis B., Š. Rückl, M. Choleva. (2015). Mobility in the Bronze Age Aegean—The Case of Aeginetan Potters. W: W. Gauss, G. Klebinder-Gauss, C. von Rueden (red.), The Transmission of Technical Knowledge in the Production of Ancient Mediterranean Pottery (63-75). Vienna:Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut.