Dr Ellen Adams
Lecturer in Classical Art & Archaeology
Admissions tutor (undergraduate)
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2768
Address Department of Classics
King's College London
D5, North Wing
London WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
Ellen's interests so far have focused on Minoan Crete, specifically the Neopalatial period (c. 1700-1450 BC). She received her PhD on Minoan Crete from Cambridge in 2004. She then spent two years based at the British School at Athens with a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship, and then two years at the Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin, on an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Postdoctoral Fellowship. She came to King's in 2007. In addition to Minoan Crete, she has written articles on Bronze Age Cyprus and the classical tradition in museums of London.
Minoan (Neopalatial) Crete
Mediterranean islands in the Bronze Age
History of classical collections
The classical world in modern London and its museums
Ellen’s research focuses on the archaeology of Mediterranean islands, in particular Crete and Cyprus during the Bronze Age. Various themes are explored in this work, such as ritual, experiential approaches to architecture and monumentality. She is also interested in museology, and how the ancient world is displayed and reconstructed in modern London.
Ellen is interested in supervising research students in the above areas, particularly ancient Crete and the Mediterranean island, urban landscapes, architecture and the use of space in ancient Greece, and the history of London's museums in their display of artifacts from this period.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Forthcoming ‘Personal identity in Minoan Crete: the body as representation, agent and object’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
Forthcoming ‘Shaping, collecting and displaying medicine and architecture: a comparison of the Hunterian and Soane museums’, Journal of the History of Collections
2010 'Centrality, "capitals" and prehistoric cultures: a comparative study of Late Bronze Age Crete and Cyprus' Cambridge Classical Journal, 56, pp. 1-46.
2009 ‘Defining and displaying the human body: collectors and Classics during the Enlightenment’, Hermathena 187, 65-97.
2007 'Approaching monuments in the prehistoric built environment: new light on the Minoan palaces' Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 26, 359-394.
For a complete list of my publications, please see my full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
4AACAA01 Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome
5AACAR14 Museums of London
5AACAR25 Grand Tour: Antiquities in London from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
6AACAR11 Island Living in the Eastern Mediterranean: Bronze Age Crete & Cyprus
6AACHI17 Greek Religion
7AACK814 Ancient Cyprus: Colonizations, Copper & City-kingdom
7AACM810 The art of the prehistoric eastern Mediterranean
7AACM700 Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Archaeology
Ellen has appeared twice on Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg, discussing the ‘Minoan civilization’ and the ‘Trojan War’. She has also appeared on Radio 3’s ‘Night Waves’ discussing the decipherment of Linear B.