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David Wilson

Associate Professor of Classics


B.A.(McGill), M.A. (London), Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Department of Classical Studies
Lawson Hall, Room 3212
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5B8
(519) 661-2111 ext. 84527
dwilson@uwo.ca


Special Interests

Bronze Age Aegean archaeology. Publications: Keos IX, 1. Ayia Irini: Periods I-II. The Pottery and Small Finds; articles on Bronze Age archaeology in the Cyclades and Crete: pottery, trade, and social practice.

Research Interests
Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean with special focus on the Early Bronze Age Cyclades and Crete and the use of pottery as evidence for social function and organisation.

Current Teaching (2013-2014)

Works in Progress:

Books Published:

  • Keos IX.1 Ayia Irini: Periods I-III. The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Settlements. Part 1: The Pottery and Small Finds, Von Zabern, Mainz, 1999, xxiv, 266 pages, 102 plates.

  • Chapters in Books Published:
  • "Ayia Irini III:  The Last Phase of Occupation at the EBA Settlement", D.E. Wilson and M. Eliot in The Prehistoric Cyclades, J. A. MacGillivray and R. L. N. Barber (eds.), University of Edinburgh, 1984, pp. 78-87

  • "Kea and East Attike in Early Bronze II: Beyond Pottery Typology" in Syneisphora McGill. McGill Monographs in Classical Archaeology and History 6, J. M. Fossey (ed.), 1987, pp. 35-49

  • "New Contributions to the Study of Keian Prehistory" with J. F. Cherry, J. L. Davis, and E. Mantzourani in Landscape Archaeology as Long-term History: Northern Keos in the Cycladic Islands, J. F. Cherry et al. (eds) (Institute of Archaeology, U.C.L.A.), Chapter 6, 1991, 165-72.

  • "Interregional Contacts in the Aegean in Early Bronze II: The Talc Ware Connection", with S.J. Vaughan in Wace and Blegen, Proceedings of the International Conference: Pottery as Evidence for Trade in the Aegean Bronze Age, 1939-1989 (ASCS, December, 1989), C. Zerner (ed.) Amsterdam, 1993. pp. 169-186.

  • "Knossos before the Palaces: An Overview of the Early Bronze Age (EMI - EM III)", in Knossos: A Labyrinth of History. Papers Presented in Honour of Sinclair Hood, D. Evely, H. Hughes-Brock and N. Momigliano (eds.) (British School at Athens, London, 1994), pp. 23-44.

  • "Ceramic Traditions at EMIIB Myrtos, Fournou Korifi", T. Whitelaw, P.M. Day, E. Kiriatzi, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson in TEXNH. Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and Craftsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 6th International Aegean Conference. Philadelphia, April 1996, R. Laffineur and P.P. Betancourt (eds.), 1997, pp. 266-74, pls. CII-CIX.

  • "Reassessing Specialization in Prepalatial Cretan Ceramic Production", P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, and E. Kiriatzi in TEXNH. Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and Craftsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 6th International Aegean Conference. Philadelphia, April 1996, R. Laffineur and P.P. Betancourt (eds.), 1997, pp. 275-89, pl. CX

  • Pots, Labels, and People: Burying Ethnicity in the Cemetery of Aghia Photia, Siteias" P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, and E. Kiriatzi, in Cemetery and Society in the Bronze Age Aegean, K. Branigan (ed.), Sheffield Academic Press, 1998, pp.133-149. ? ?e?ae??? ap? t? ??? ?e???tafe?? st?? ???a F?t?? S?te?a?: t?p??? ? e?sa???? P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, E. Kiriatzi, and L. Joyner, in Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Vol.A1, (2000), pp.341-353

  • ??a????s? t?? ?e?ae???? ?a? ?????????p???t?? ??????s?: ? ??apt? ?e?ae??? t?? ??? ?a? ?? pe???d?? st?? ??at????? ???t?, E. Kiriatzi, P.M. Day, and D.E. Wilson, in Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Vol.A1, (2000), pp.99-115.

  • "Technologies of Middle Minoan polychrome pottery: traditions of paste, decoration and firing", E.W. Faber, V. Kilikoglou, Peter M. Day and D.E. Wilson, in V. Kilikoglou, A. Hein, and Y. Maniatis (eds), Modern Trends in Scientific Analysis on Ancient Ceramics, (BAR International Series 1011) (2002), pp. 129-41

  • Landscapes of Memory, Craft and Power at Pre-Palatial and Proto-Palatial Knossos, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson in Y. Hamilakis (ed.) The Labyrinth Revisited: Rethinking Minoan Archaeology, (Oxbow, 2002), pp. 143-66.

  • "The pottery from EMI-IIB Knossos and its relations with the harbour site of Poros-Katsambas", D.E. Wilson, P.M. Day and N. Dimopoulou, in Knossos: Palace, City, State, G. Cadogan, E. Hatzaki and A. Vasilakis (eds.), British School at Athens Studies Series vol. 12 (London, 2004), pp.67-74.

  • Ceramic change and the practice of eating and drinking in Early Bronze Age Crete, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, in Food, Cuisine and Society in Prehistoric Greece (Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology, 5, 2004), P. Halstead and J. Barrett (eds.), pp. 45-62.

  • "The Earlier Prepalatial Settlement of Poros-Katsambas: craft production and exchange at the harbour town of Knossos", N. Dimopoulou, D.E. Wilson, and P.M. Day, in P.M. Day and R. Doonan (eds.), Metallurgy in the Early Bronze Age Aegean (Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology, 7, 2007), pp. 84-97.

  • "The Early Prepalatial (EMI-EMII)", in The Knossos Pottery Handbook: Neolithic and Bronze Age (Minoan), N. Momigliano (ed.), British School at Athens Studies 14, 2007, pp. 49-77.

  • The Gateway Port of Poros-Katsambas: Trade and Exchange between North-central Crete and the Cyclades in EBI-II, D.E. Wilson, P.M. Day and N. Dimopoulou, in N.J. Brodie, J. Doole, G. Gavalas, and C. Renfrew (eds.), Horizon. A Colloquium on the Prehistory of the Cyclades, McDonald Institute Monographs, 2008, pp. 261-270.

  • Early Prepalatial Crete, in The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age, C.W. Shelmerdine (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 77-104.

  • Articles Published:
  • "The Pottery and Architecture of the EMIIA West Court House at Knossos" Annual of the British School at Athens, vol. 80 (1985), pp. 281-364

  • "An Early Minoan IIA Triple-Bodied Jug from Knossos" Annual of the British School at Athens, vol. 82 (1987), pp. 335-338

  • "Early Minoan and Middle Minoan Pottery Groups at Knossos", with G. Cadogan, P. Day, C. Macdonald, J. MacGillivray, N. Momigliano, and T. Whitelaw, Annual of the British School at Athens vol. 88 (1993), pp.21-8

  • "Ceramic Regionalism in Prepalatial Central Crete: the Mesara Imports at EMI-EMIIA Knossos" with P.M. Day in Annual of the British School at Athens, vol. 89 (1994), pp. 1-87

  • "Knossos 1993: Excavations outside the South Front of the Palace", with N. Momigliano, Annual of the British School at Athens vol. 91 (1996), pp.1-57

  • Consuming Power: Kamares Ware of Protopalatial Knossos, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, Antiquity 72 (1998), pp. 350-358.

  • "EMIIB Ware Groups at Knossos: The 1907-08 South Front Tests", D.E. Wilson and P.M. Day in Annual of the British School at Athens, vol. 94 (1999), pp.1-62.

  • EMI Chronology and Social Practice: Pottery From the Early Palace Tests at Knossos, D.E. Wilson and P.M. Day in Annual of the British School at Athens vol. 95 (2000), pp.21-63.

  • Knossos 1955-1957: Early Prepalatial Deposits from Platons Tests in the Palace, Annual of the British School at Athens 105 (2010), pp. 97-155.

  • Articles/Book Chapters Accepted/In Press:
  • The Ceramic Sequence of Early Bronze Age Akrotiri, Thera, S. Kariotis, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, in The Aegean Early Bronze Age: New Evidence, C. Doumas, A. Giannikouri and O. Kouka (eds.), Athens.

  • Ceramic Exchange and Synchronisms Between EBI-II Crete and the Cyclades, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, in The Aegean Early Bronze Age: New Evidence, C. Doumas, A. Giannikouri and O. Kouka (eds.), Athens.

  • Ayia Irini II-III, Kea: The Phasing and Relative Chronology of the Early Bronze II Settlement, Hesperia (Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens).

  • Papers Read:
  • "Ayia Irini, Period III:  The Last Phase of Occupation of the EBA Settlement at Ayia Irini, Keos", (Prehistoric Cyclades Conference, London, Eng. -- June, 1983)

  • "The Architectural Phases of the Early Bronze Age Settlement of Ayia Irini, Keos", (Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Cincinnati, Ohio -- December 28, 1983)

  • "The Pottery from the West Court House at Knossos:  Defining the Beginnings of Early Minoan IIA", (Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, Ontario -- December 30, 1984).  Abstract:  AJA 89 (1985) 355-356

  • "The Early Bronze Age Pottery of Ayia Irini, Keos; Helladic or Cycladic?", (Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, D.C. -- December 28, 1985). Abstract: AJA 90 (1986) 177-8

  • "Technological and Cultural Change in Early Bronze Age Knossos: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Ceramic Record" P.M. Day, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Barcelona, Spain, November, 1993

  • "Pottery Production in Early Minoan Knossos" P.M. Day, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, Workshop on Trade and Production in Premonetary Greece, Swedish Institute at Athens, April, 1994

  • "Tradition and Innovation in Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Pottery at Knossos, Crete" P.M. Day, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, 29th International Archaeometry Symposium, Ankara, May 1994

  • "Pottery Importation in Early Minoan Fournou Korifi, Crete: a reassessment" P.M. Day, E. Kiriatzi, T.M. Whitelaw, and D.E. Wilson, The 29th International Archaeometry Symposium, Ankara, May 1994

  • "Reassessing Specialization in Prepalatial Cretan Ceramic Production" P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, and E. Kiriatzi, 6th International Aegean Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, April 20th, 1996)

  • "Ceramic Traditions and EMIIB Myrtos, Fournou Korifi", T. Whitelaw, P.M. Day, E. Kiriatzi, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, 6th International Aegean Conference: TEXNH. Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and Craftsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age, Philadelphia, April 1996.

  • "? ?e?ae??? ap? t? ??? ?e???tafe?? st?? ???a F?t?? S?te?a?: t?p??? ? e?sa????, P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, E. Kiriatzi, and L. Joyner, 8th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, Crete, Sept. 1996.

  • ??a????s? t?? ?e?ae???? ?a? ?????????p???t?? ??????s?: ? ??apt? ?e?ae??? t?? ??? ?a? ?? pe???d?? st?? ??at????? ???t?, E. Kiriatzi, P.M. Day, and D.E. Wilson, 8th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, Crete, Sept., 1996.

  • "Pots, Labels, and People: burying ethnicity in the EMI cemetery at Aghia Photia, Siteias", P.M. Day, E. Kiriatzi, and D.E. Wilson, at Cemetery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. The Second Round Table on Aegean Archaeology, Sheffield Center for Aegean Archaeology, Dec. 1st, 1996.

  • "The Desacralized Landscape: reinterpreting the role of the first palace at Knossos", P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Nashville, April 4th, 1997. Invited paper at the symposium: Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces: new interpretations of an old idea.

  • "Northern Crete and the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age: new evidence from ceramic studies", P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson. Invited paper at the conference: New Light on the Early Bronze Age Cyclades, May 17th, 1997, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

  • Ceramic Traditions and EMIIB Myrtos, Fournou Korifi, T. Whitelaw, P.M. Day, E. Kiriatzi, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, 6th International Aegean Conference: TEXNH. Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and Craftsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age, Philadelphia, April 1996.

  • The Cyclades Come to Crete: the EBA Levels of the Sanoudakis Plot, Poros Katsambas, N. Dimopoulou, D.E. Wilson, and P.M. Day, at The Third Round Table on Aegean Archaeology: Metallurgy in the Early Bronze Age Aegean, Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, Jan 24th, 1998.

  • EMI-IIA Metalworking at Poros Katsambas, R. Doonan, V. Kilikoglou, P.M. Day, D.E.
    Wilson and N. Dimopoulou, at The Third Round Table in Aegean Archaeology: Metallurgy in the EBA Aegean, Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, Jan. 24th, 1998.

  • "The pottery from EMI-IIB Knossos and its relations with the harbour site of Poros-Katsambas", D.E.
    Wilson, P.M. Day and N. Dimopoulou, invited paper at conference: Knossos: Palace, City, State, held in Heraklion, Greece, Nov. 15th, 2000.

  • The construction of an Early Minoan pottery: technological and stylistic variation in Cretan ceramics of Early Bronze I-II P.M. Day, V. Kilikoglou, E. Nodarou and D.E. Wilson, Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee, MN, April 11, 2003.

  • Teapots and Table Manners: pottery change and the consumption of food and drink in Early Minoan II Crete P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, 105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco, CA., January, 2004.

  • The Gateway Port of Poros-Katsambas: trade and exchange between North-central Crete and the Cyclades in EBI-II D.E. Wilson, P.M. Day and N. Dimopoulou, invited paper at the Cambridge Colloquium on the Prehistory of the Cyclades, March 24-28, 2004, Cambridge.

  • Wares and Fabrics - An investigation of late EBII ceramics from Ayia Irini, Kea J. Hilditch, P. Day, D. Wilson, and V. Kilikoglou, invited poster presentation at the Cambridge Colloquium on the Prehistory of the Cyclades, March 24-28, 2004, Cambridge, England.

  • Prepalatial Minoan imports at Akrotiri, Thera: new evidence for interaction between Crete and the Cyclades P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, I. Nikolakopoulou and M. Relaki, 106th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, January 2005.

  • The World in a Chamber: The Kastri Group and a Late ECII Deposit from Akrotiri, Thera
    P.M. Day, D.E. Wilson, S. Kariotis, O. Kouka, and M. Relaki, 107th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Montral, January 2006.

  • Site History, Sequences and Gaps: Ceramic Continuity and Change at Akrotiri, Thera at the Onset of the Middle Bronze Age, I. Nikolakopoulou, P.M. Day, and D.E. Wilson, 107th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Montral, January 2006.

  • Constructing the Kampos Group: technology, mobility and identity in the late Early Bronze I Aegean, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, 108th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Diego, January 2007.

  • The Ceramic Sequence of Early Bronze Age Akrotiri, Thera, S. Kariotis, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, at the conference: The Aegean Early Bronze Age: New Evidence, Athens, April 13th 2008.

  • Ceramic Exchange and Synchronisms Between EBI-II Crete and the Cyclades, P.M. Day and D.E. Wilson, at the conference: The Aegean Early Bronze Age: New Evidence, Athens, April 13th 2008.

  • Technological Styles and Cultural Transmission: Analysing Kampos Group Ceramics of the Early Bronze Age Aegean, P.M. Day, A. Hein, V. Kilikoglou, and D.E. Wilson, 37th International Symposium on Archaeometry, Sienna, Italy, May 2008.

  • Ceramic Intruders in the Cyclades? Provenance and Technology of a Kastri Group deposit from Akrotiri, Thera, P.M. Day, M. Relaki, D.E. Wilson, S. Kariotis and O. Kouka, 10th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC 2009), British Museum, London, Sept. 2009.

  • Research Fieldwork:

  • 1982-1983 Study of the finds from the EMIIA West Court House at Knossos, British School Stratigraphical Museum, Crete, Greece.

  • Fall, 1982 Participant in the Cincinnati-Maroni excavations at Maroni, Cyprus (G. Cadogan, director)

  • 1982-1987 Team member of the Cincinnati-Kea Excavations Project (American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the University of Cincinnati): six summer study seasons

  • May-June, 1989 Study of Early Cycladic pottery in museums in the Cyclades and Athens

  • Sept.- Dec., 1991 Study of Early Minoan Mesara imports from Knossos, British School Stratigraphical Museum, Crete

  • May-Aug., 1992 Study of EMIB and EMIIB pottery deposits from Knossos, British School Stratigraphical Museum, Crete

  • June, 1993 Co-director with N. Momigliano of excavations outside the South Front of the palace at Knossos in the area of the 'Early Houses'

  • July-Aug., 1993 Study of the pottery from the Early Minoan II settlement of Myrtos-Fournou Korifi with T.M. Whitelaw and P.M. Day, Aghios Nikolaos Museum, Crete

  • June, 1994Study season with N. Momigliano of finds from the 1993 South Front House Excavations. Study of EMII deposits from the 1993 South House Excavations, Greek Archaeological Service (A. Karetsou, director)

  • July-Aug., 1994 Study of EM deposits from the Mesara and East Crete with P.M. Day as part of the Early Minoan East Crete Ceramics Project

  • July-Aug., 1995 Study of EM deposits from West, Central, and East with P.M. Day as part of the Early Minoan Ceramic Regionalism Project

  • July-Aug. 1996 Final study of EMIIA pottery from the 1993 South House Excavations (Greek Archaeological Service, A. Karetsou director)

  • Sept.-Nov., 1996 Preliminary study of EMI-II deposits from the harbour town of Poros-Katsambas for publication with N. Dimopoulou and P.M. Day

  • June-Aug., 1997 Second study season of EMI-II pottery from Poros-Katsambas with P.M. Day. Study of Early Cycladic pottery groups from Phylakopi, Melos and Ayia Irini, Kea.

  • June-Aug., 1998 Third study season of EMI-II pottery from Poros-Katsambas with P.M. Day. Study of Aegean imports at Urla, Turkey with V. Sahoglu and P.M. Day.

  • June-Aug., 2000 Final study season of earlier prepalatial pottery from Poros-Katsambas.

  • June-Aug., 2001 Study of EMI-II deposits from Knossos for chapter in pottery handbook.

  • June-July, 2002 Study of EMI-II deposits from the 1955-57 Platon Knossos Palace tests.

  • June-July, 2003 Kastri Group Pottery Project: field study in Greece and Turkey

  • June-July, 2005 Trade in the Early Bronze II Aegean: field study in Thera, Ios, and Crete




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