John E. Coleman

Phanouria Dakoronia and me with Archaic finds from Halai
 Phanouria Dakoronia and me with Archaic finds from Halai


 Department of Classics, 128 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
 Ph: (607) 255-8335 or 255-8327; Fax: (607) 254-8899; E-mail:


 B.A. (Honours Greek), University of British Columbia, 1961
 Ph.D. (Classics), University of Cincinnati, 1967


 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1961-1962
 Semple Travelling Fellowship (to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens), 1963-1964
 Teaching Fellowships at the University of Cincinnati, 1964-1967


 Cornell University, Department of Classics: Assistant Professor, 1970-74; Associate Professor, 1974-81; Professor, 1981-
 Bryn Mawr College, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology: Lecturer, 1969-70
 University of Colorado, Department of Classics: Assistant Professor, 1967-69


 Archaeological Institute of America, member. Lecturer, 1970-74, 1990; Committee on Fellowships, 1975-77, 1993- 1996; Committee on Professional Responsibilities, 1978- 80.
Finger Lakes Society of the Archaeological Institute of America: President, 1972-73; Vice President, 1987-88; Secretary, 1989-90
American Philological Association, member
American Schools of Oriental Research, member. Trustee of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, 1982-87
Cornell Studies in Classical Philology, member of editorial board
Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, member, 1967-present. Personnel Committee, 1973-78; Admissions and Fellowships Committee, 1979-83; Committee on Committees, 1987-89; Committee on Excavations, 1989-1993
Seminar on the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and the Near East, Columbia University, member, 1973-


Member of the staff of the excavations in the island of Keos, Greece conducted by the University of Cincinnati, 1964-73

Kephala in Keos from the south
 Kephala in Keos from the south

Director of salvage excavations at Elean Pylos, Greece, conducted by the University of Colorado for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1968, 1970. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Colorado, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and Cornell University.

Elean Pylos, 1968
 Elean Pylos, 1968

Director of archaeological survey and excavations at Alambra, Cyprus, on behalf of the Department of Classics and the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology, Cornell University, 1974-1986. "Gifts and matching" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1978-81. Outright grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for further study, 1982-85. Supplementary grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for study of metallurgy, 1985-86. Grant from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for ceramic studies, 1985-86.

 Alambra, Building II

Director of Halai and East Lokris Project (Greece), 1986-present. Study of site and old finds from Halai, 1986, 1987; Co-director (with William M. Murray) of surface survey in East Lokris, 1988, 1989; Director of excavations at Halai, 1990-1992, 1996. Grants received from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1990-1993); the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (1990-2000) and the Townsend Fund of the Department of Classics, Cornell University.

Halai participants, 1992
 Halai participants, 1992. For many other pictures of Halai see Image Archive
of the CHELP homepage



Keos I, Kephala, A Late Neolithic Settlement and Cemetery, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (for the University of Cincinnati), Princeton, 1977.

 Excavations at Pylos in Elis (Hesperia Supplement XXI), Princeton, 1986.

 (with J. A. Barlow, M. K. Mogelonsky, K. W. Schaar, et al.) Alambra: A Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXVIII) P. Åströms Förlag, Jonsered, 1996. For a list of addenda and corrigenda see:
 Reviews: AJA 104 (2000), pp. 383-384 (Todd); BASOR 313 (1999), pp. 75-86 (Knapp)

 (edited, with Clark A. Walz), Greeks and Barbarians; Essays on the Interactions between Greeks and Non-Greeks in Antiquity and the Consequences for Eurocentrism, Occasional Publications of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies, Cornell University No. 4, Bethesda, CDL Press, 1997.
 Review: BASOR 315 (1999), pp. 83-85 (S. Morris)


(AIA=Archaeological Institute of America; AJA=AmericanJournalofArchaeology; RDAC=Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus)

1. "Excavations in Ceos," Classical Journal 61 (1965), pp. 2-4.

2. "Middle Bronze Age Burials on Ceos," AJA 69 (1965), p. 161 (abstract).

3. (with D. W. Bradeen) "Thera on I.G., II2, 43," Hesperia 36 (1967), pp. 102-104.

4. "Excavations at Kephala in Ceos," AJA 71 (1967), p. 185 (abstract).

5. "Archaic Pottery from Pylos in Elis," Athens AnnalsofArchaeology I (1968), pp. 285-288.

6. "Elean Pylos, 1968," Archaiologikon Deltion 24 (1969), Chronica, pp. 155-161.

7. "Salvage Excavations at Pylos in Elis," AJA 73 (1969), p. 234 (abstract).

8. "Elean Pylos," Archaiologikon Deltion 26 (1971), Chronica, p. 147.

9. "Late Geometric and Archaic Pottery from Elean Pylos," AJA 75 (1971), p. 198 (abstract).

10. "The Chronology and Interconnections of the Cycladic Islands in the Neolithic Period and the Early Bronze Age," AJA 78 (1974), pp. 333-344.

11. "Alambra," paper to the Annual Meeting of the AIA, 1974.

12. (with K. A. Coleman) "Alambra, Cyprus," Journal ofFieldArchaeology 2 (1975), pp. 181-183.

13. "Frühkykladische Tongefässe," in Kunst undKulturderKykladeninselnim3. Jahrtausendv. Chr., J. Thimme, ed., Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, 1976, pp. 111-119.

14. "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1976," paper to the Annual Meeting of the AIA, 1976.

15. "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1976," RDAC, 1977, pp. 71-79.

16. "Early Cycladic Clay Vessels," In Art and Cultureof the Cyclades, J. Thimme ed., Karlsruhe, 1977, pp. 109-117 (translation of 13 above).

17. (with J. A. Barlow) "Orestes and Electra at Cornell," AJA 83 (1979), pp. 219-225.

18. "Chronological and Cultural Divisions of the Early Cycladic Period: A Critical Appraisal," paper to the Annual Meeting of the AIA, 1978.

19. "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1978," paper to the Annual Meeting of the AIA, 1978.

20. (with J. A. Barlow) "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1978," RDAC, 1979, pp. 159-167.

21. "Chronological and Cultural Divisions of the Early Cycladic Period: A Critical Appraisal," in Papers in Cycladic Prehistory (Monograph XIV of the Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, J. L. Davis and J. F. Cherry, eds. 1979), ch. 3, pp. 48-50 (revised version of 18 above). Also "Remarks on 'Terminology and Beyond'" (pp. 64-65 in the same monograph), written as a brief comment on ch. 4.

22. "The Bronze Age Settlement at Alambra and its Implications for Middle Cypriot Chronology," paper at a symposium "Cyprus: Settlements and Sanctuaries," Brock University, March 29, 1980.

23. (with J. A. Barlow and K. W. Schaar), "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1980," RDAC, 1981, pp. 81-98.

24. "Alambra, 1980-1981," AJA 86 (1982), p. 260 (abstract).

25. (with J. A. Barlow), "Alambra and the Earlier Phases of the Cypriot Bronze Age," RDAC, 1982, 31-36.

26. "Pylos in Elis, Greece," Archaeology 36 (1983), 68, 69, 76.

27. (with K. W. Schaar, L. F. Decker, J. A. Barlow and W. Fasnacht), "Cornell Excavations at Alambra, 1982," RDAC, 1983, 76-91.

28. "'Frying Pans' of the Early Bronze Age Aegean," AJA 89 (1985), 191-219 (first given as a paper to a workshop on Prehistoric Cycladic Chronology, London, June, 1983).

29. "The Late Neolithic Period in Greece," AJA 88 (1984), pp. 240-241 (abstract).

30. "A Four-stage Chronological Sequence for Early and Middle Cypriot," AJA 89 (1985), p. 328 (abstract).

31. "Investigations at Alambra, 1974-1984," in Archaeology inCyprus, 1960-1985, V. Karageorghis ed., Nicosia, 1985, 125-141.

32. "The Late Neolithic Period: Questions of Terminology and Chronology," paper to the 6th International Colloquium on Aegean Prehistory, Athens, September, 1987.

33. "Interrelations between Anatolia and Cyprus in the Early and Middle Cypriot Periods," paper given to the annual meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, December, 1987.

34. "Greece, the Aegean and Cyprus," in R.W. Ehrich, ed., Chronologies in Old World Archaeology, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 1992, Ch. 11, Vol. I, 247-288, Vol. II, 203-229.

35. "Excavations at Halai in Lokris," AJA 95 (1991), p. 327 (abstract).

36. "New Excavations and Investigations at Halai in Lokris," lecture to the Syllogos Archaiophilon Phthiotidos (Friends of Antiquity of Phthiotis), Lamia, March, 1991.

37. "New Excavations Underway at Halai," Newsletter, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Fall, 1991, p. 6.

38. "Excavations at Halai, 1991," AJA 96 (1992), p. 346 (abstract).

39. "Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean," Bostonia, summer, 1992, pp. 44-46.

40. "Excavations at Halai, 1990-1991," Hesperia 61 (1992), pp. 265-289 (with appendices by Kerill O'Neill and Melanie Pomeroy, Karen E. Carr, and Andrew Heafitz).

41. "Did Egypt Shape the Glory That Was Greece? The Case Against Martin Bernal's Black Athena," Archaeology 45 (1992), pp. 48-52, 77-80.

42. "Excavations at Halai, 1990-1992." Lecture, the Hellenic Society of Rochester, Fall, 1992

43. "Alambra and the Earlier Stages of the Cypriot Bronze Age." Lecture to the Institute of Cypriot Studies, State University at Albany, March 5, 1993.

44. "Ancient Greek Ethnocentrism," in Coleman and Walz, Greeks and Barbarians (1997; see above), pp. 175-220. First read at a conference on "Greeks and Barbarians: the Classical Origins of Eurocentrism," Cornell University, 1993. Expanded version read at the University of Ottawa, Oct. 15, 1994.

45. "Halai, 1992-1993," AJA 98 (1994), p. 287 (abstract).

46. "Did Egypt Shape the Glory that was Greece?" in Black Athena Revisited, M. Lefkowitz and Guy Rogers, eds., 1996, pp. 280-302. Revised and enlarged version of 41.

47. "Is Mitrou Homeric Opoeis?" Paper given to the Symposion "The Periphery of the Mycenaean World" at Lamia, Sept. 28, 1994.

48. "The Shaft Graves of Mycenae and Greek-Near Eastern Interrelations," Paper given to a seminar sponsored by the Department of Classics, Vassar College, October 26, 1995.

49. (with Mary Eliot and Susan Allen) "Halai, 1996," AJA 101, 1997, p. 349 (abstract).

50. (with Patricia S. Wren and Kathleen M. Quinn and Appendices by Kerill O'Neill, Wendy Yielding and Julie Near), "Halai: The 1992-1994 Field Seasons," Hesperia 68 (1999), pp. 285-341.

51. "Halai and its Neighbors in East Lokris and Boeotia," Paper to the IXth International Conference on Boiotian Antiquities, Winnipeg, October 1, 1998. To be published in: John M. Fossey and Michael B. Cosmopoulos, eds., Boiotia Antiqua VII-VIII: Studies in Boiotian Archaeology, History, and Institutions, Chicago, Ares Publishers..

52. "An Early Cycladic Marble Beaker from Theologos in East Lokris," in P.P. Betancourt, V. Karageorghis, R. Laffineur and W.-D. Neimeier eds., Meletemata: Studies in Aegean Archaeology Presented to Malcolm H. Wiener as He Enters His 65th Year (Aegaeum 20), Liege and Austin, Vol. I, pp. 125-130.

53. "An Archaeological Scenario for the ‘Coming of the Greeks' ca. 3200 B.C.," Journal of Indo-European Studies 28 (2000), pp. 103-153. Given to seminars at the University of Toronto on Feb. 12, 1999, the New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium on Dec. 8, 1999 and the Université de Montréal on March 16, 2000.


R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art, Praeger, N.Y., 1967 in Archaeology 23 (1970), p. 68.

I. Pini, Beiträge zur minoischen Gräberkunde, Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden, 1968 in The ArtBulletin 53 (1971), pp. 394-396.

F. Castagnoli, Orthogonal Town Planning in Antiquity, MIT Press, Cambridge and London, 1971 in The Classical World, 1973, pp. 369-370.

K. Branigan, The Foundations of PalatialCrete, Praeger, NY, 1970, in Archaeology 27 (1974), pp. 66, 68.

C. Renfrew, The Emergence of Civilization: TheCycladesandthe Aegean in theThirdMillenniumB.C., Methuen, London, 1972, in Archaeology 27 (1974), p. 214.

Ch. Doumas, Early Bronze Age Burial HabitsintheCyclades, Gteborg, 1977 in AJA 83 (1979), p. 108.

R. M. Bertold, Rhodes in the Hellenistic Age, Cornell University Press, 1984, in The ClassicalWorld 80 (1986), p. 49.

A. B. Knapp and T. Stech, eds., Prehistoric ProductionandExchange, Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 1985, and J. A. MacGillivray and R. L. N. Barber, eds., The PrehistoricCyclades, Edinburgh, 1984, reviewed together in AJA 90 (1986), pp. 481-482.

J. Leslie Fitton, Cycladic Art, Harvard University Press, 1990, in Classical World 84 (1991), p. 317.

Eva Alram-Stern, Das Neolithikum (Die Ägäische Frühzeit I, 1), Vienna, Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1996, in AJA 101, 1997, pp. 782-783.

J. Leslie Fitton, The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age, Cambridge, Harvard U. Press, 1996, in Classical World 92 (1998), 85-86.

P. Georges, Barbarian Asia and the Greek Experience, Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins Press, 1994 in Classical World 92 (1999), 475-476.

Kephala, Late Neolithic grave XXXVII
 Kephala, Late Neolithic grave XXXVII



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