Iro Mathioudaki

Postdoctoral researcher of the F.R.S.-FNRS

Ceramic studies


As a pottery specialist I am interested in cultural synchronizations, i.e. site sequences and interrelations, the examination of exchange networks and shared technologies among and between ancient communities and, furthermore, the definition and analysis of political and cultural processes. I have studied and (co-) published pottery assemblages from several places of Mainland Greece, Crete and the Cyclades of the Middle and early Late Bronze Age (1800 – 1500 BC), e.g. Knossos, Juktas, Akrotiri, Kirrha, Karystos, and aim to combine information from different areas of the Aegean, ceramic technologies and modes of consumption, evaluate synchronous cultural processes and propose key concepts for explaining the societal changes and developments in the prehistoric Aegean.

Project title: Palaces in transition. Connectivity and disruption in Minoan Crete: a ceramic perspective

Des Palais en transition. Liens et ruptures en Crète minoenne à travers le prisme des études céramiques

The research project has as its basis the study of a significant body of archaeological material from the site of Sissi (Crete, Malia region) concerning a crucial period in the history of Minoan Crete, namely the transition from the Protopalatial to the Neopalatial period, ca. 1780-1525 BC. Focusing on the relations between the microregion of Sissi-Malia and other areas of north-central Crete (i.e. Knossos, Galatas, Archanes) new light will be shed on the processes and dynamics that led to the formation of a new political geography for Crete during the Neopalatial period. The project starts with the study and documentation of the Middle Minoan IIIA-B – Late Minoan IA ceramic assemblages from Sissi, i.e. context-based pottery typology and classification, quantitative analysis and contextual assessment, and develops under a bottom-up methodological approach into an updated review of the contemporary evidence on other Minoan sites. The bottom-up, site-based analysis of regional socio-cultural dynamics adds an important dimension to the understanding of social complexity. Indeed the definition of the developments of pottery traditions in Cretan society during this critical period and the contextualization of technological or stylistic changes made by sponsors, producers or consumers allow us to identify the forces at work in social transformations and, finally, take a step closer to the understanding of the ancient communities who occupied these settlements, their social and cultural environment and the ways they interacted with material culture.


Place B. Pascal 1

bte L3.03.01

1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


Publications & CV

Iro Mathioudaki Académia

CV_Iro Mathioudaki.pdf