Professor Irene S Lemos

Professor of Classical Archaeology

My research area is the archaeology of Early Greece from the 'collapse' of the Mycenaean culture to the Persian wars (from around 1200-480 BC). Excavating at the site of Lefkandi on the Greek island of Euboea has provided the opportunity to focus on the material culture of the island especially during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Lefkandi was an important hub in the exchange patterns of the period and thus I am interested in exploring interconnections with other communities within the Greek and the wider Mediterranean world and investigating the mechanisms of such activities. I am also interested in the introduction of alphabetic writing and new technologies such as iron that emerge during this particular period. My research mainly involves the excavations and the publications of the discoveries made at Lefkandi, which I have directed since 2003 (the excavation at Lefkandi - Xeropolis, Euboea).


I supervise a large number of graduate students researching various topics related to the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Age Mediterranean. I teach the undergraduate options Greeks and the Mediterranean World and Cities, Sanctuaries, and Cemeteries during the Archaic and Classical periods. I am also involved in the teaching of first years' core classes for the degree of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH). Over the years I have supervised dissertations by Greats finalists, and Sites and Museum reports for CAAH students.


Irene Lemos and Antonis Kotsonas (eds.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Early Greece and the Mediterranean, Wiley-Blackwell in press

Athéna Tsingarida and Irene Lemos (eds.) Constructing Social Identities in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece, Études d’Archéologie 12, Brussels 2017

I. S. Lemos, 'Offerings to the Goddess' in V. Vlachou & A. Gadolou (eds.), Τέρψις, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology in Honour of Nota Kourou, Brussels, 2017, pp. 501-509

M. Kerschner – I. S. Lemos (eds.), Archaeometric Analyses of Euboean and Euboean Related Pottery: New Results and their Interpretations. Proceedings of the Round Table Conference held at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens, 15 and 16 April 2011, Das Österreichische Archäologische Institut ist eine orschungseinrichtung des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaf, Vienna 2014

I. S. Lemos, "The Missing Dead: Late Geometric Burials at Lefkandi" in Mediterranean Archaeology 25, (2015) pp. 159-172.

I. S. Lemos, 'Communities in transformation: an archaeological survey from the 12th to the 9th century BC', Pharos 20. 1, 2014, pp. 163-194.

I. S. Lemos, "The Censola Painter, Again" in P. Valavanis & E. Manakidou (eds), Egraphsen kai epoiesen: Essays on Greek pottery and iconography in honour of Professor M. Tiverios, Thessaloniki 2014, pp.47-53.

I. S. Lemos with: (with D. Davidson, C. Wilson & SP Theocharopoulos) "Tell formation processes as indicated from geoarchaeological and geochemical investigations at Xeropolis, Euboea, Greece" in Journal of Archaeological Science 37, 2010, pp. 1564-1571.

I. S. Lemos with D. Mitchell, "Elite Burials in Early Iron Age Aegean. Some preliminary observations considering the spatial organization of the Toumba cemetery at Lefkandi" in A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), Dark Ages revisited, University of Thessaly, Volos 2012: pp. 635-646.

I. S.  Lemos with D. Mitchell, "A new approach in ceramic statistical analyses. Pit 13 on Xeropolis, Lefkandi", in S. Verdan et al. (eds.) Early Iron Age Pottery: Quantitative  Approach. BAR International Series 2254, Oxford 2011: pp.77-88.

2007: '"… ἐπεὶ πόρε μύρια ἕδνα …" (Iliad 22,472): Homeric Reflections in Early Iron Age Elite Burials' in E. Alram-Stern & G. Nightingale (eds.), Keimelion. Elitenbildung und elitärer Konsum von der mykenischen Palastzeit bis zur homerischen Epoche, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Vienna, pp 275-84.

Ancient Greece. From the Mycenaean Palaces to the Age of Homer, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh 2006 (with S. Deger-Jalkotzy)

The Protogeometric Aegean: The Archaeology of the Late Eleventh and Tenth Centuries BC, Oxford University Press: Oxford 2003