Dario Puglisi

PhD Student, UCLouvain (CEMA-INCAL)

Minoan Archaeology (pottery, architecture & rituals) Silicy, Malta and Aegean interactions Human occupation in South-East Silicy in Prehistory & Antiquity

PhD Project

Built environment, ritual action and society in Palatial Crete: the case of architectural complexes with lustral basins and polythyron halls.

Supervisor : Dr. Prof. Jan Driessen (UCLouvain, AegIS).

Teaching Posts

  • Since 2005 : Contract Professor in Aegean Archaeology in the Polytechnic of Bari, Architectural Department.

  • Since 2006 : Professor of History of Art at Italian secondary school.

  • Since 2013 : Contract Professor in Aegean Archaeology in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Architettonici e del Paesaggio of the Polytechnic of Bari.


  • Since 2009 : PhD Candidate in Minoan Archaeology at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain – Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

  • 2006 : PhD in Sciences of Antiquities at the University of Udine (Italy). Title of the PhD dissertation: Produzioni ceramiche Tardo Minoico I ad Haghia Triada nel contesto della Creta centro-meridionale (supervisors : Dr. Prof. V. La Rosa and Dr. Prof. E. Borgna).

  • 2003 : Master of Arts, Aegean Prehistory and Protohistory at the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens (Greece).

  • 1998 : Bachelor of Arts, Classical Studies at the University of Catania (Italy).

Research topics

  • Minoan pottery of Neopalatial period (chronology and systems of production, distribution and consumption), Minoan architecture and rituals;

  • Sicilian Copper and Early Bronze Age cultures and their relations with Aegean and Malta in the III millennium a.C.;

  • Dynamics of Human occupation in Ippari and Dirillo valley (South-East Sicily) in Prehistory and Antiquity.

Field projects

  • Since 1996 : Responsible for the study and final edition of the Neopalatial pottery from the excavations carried out at Haghia Triada from 1977 to 2012 (dir. Prof. V. La Rosa, then Prof. P. Militello since 2014).

  • Since 2004 : Responsible for the study and final edition of Neopalatial pottery of the project Prospection de la plaine de Mallia (dir. Dr. S. Müller, CNRS-EfA).

  • Since 2011 : Responsible for the study and final edition of Neopalatial pottery from the excavations carried out at the Minoan site of Kannià near Mitropolis (dir. Prof. N. Cucuzza).

  • Since 2015 : Responsible for the final edition of La Rosa’s excavations at Haghia Triada from 1978 to 1996.

  • Since 2016 : Archaeologist at the prehistoric site (III-II mill. a.C.) of Calaforno (Sicily) within the team directed directed by the University of Catania (prof. P. Militello) and Sovrintendenza BB.CC.AA. of Ragusa (dott. S. Scerra).

Choice of publications/conferences (5 max.)

  • Puglisi, D., 2011. “From the end of LM IA to the end of LM IB: the pottery evidence from Haghia Triada”, in T. M. Brogan, E. Hallager edd., LM IB Pottery. Relative chronology and regional differences. Acts of a workshop held at the Danish Institute at Athens in collaboration with the INSTAP, 27-29 June 2007, Athens 2011, 267-290.

  • Puglisi, D., 2012. “Ritual performances in Minoan lustral basins: new observations on an old hypothesis”, in Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, XC, 2012, 199-211.

  • Puglisi, D., 2013. Ceramiche Tardo Minoico I da Haghia Triada (Creta): contesti, produzioni, funzioni. I. I materiali dai primi scavi (1902-1914) (Thiasos Monografie 4), Roma 2013.

  • D’Amato, T.V., D. Inglieri, D. Puglisi, M. R. Schembari (eds), 2017. Raffaele Umberto Inglieri. Vita e opera di un archeologo comisano, Comiso.

  • Puglisi, D., 2020. “Rites of passage in Minoan palatial Crete and their role in structuring a "House" society”, in M. Relaki and J. Driessen edd., OIKOS: Archaeological approaches to House Societies in Aegean Prehistory, Louvain-la-Neuve 2020, pp. 63-80.