College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Nicholas G. Blackwell

Nicholas Blackwell

Schrader Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Morrison Hall 329

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. at Davidson College, 2002
  • M.A. at Bryn Mawr College, 2004
  • Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College, 2011

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, especially Cyprus
  • Aegean Bronze Age
  • Tools, Technology and Craftsmanship
  • Cross–Cultural Interactions between Greece and the Near East


As a field archaeologist with excavation experience in Greece and Cyprus, I study the material culture of the Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean, eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East. I am particularly intrigued by intercultural links throughout the latter half of the second millennium BC, such as the relationship between Mycenaean Greece and Hittite Anatolia. My research investigates such connections through metal implements, tool marks, technology, stone working, and metallurgy. Prior to coming to Indiana University, I served as the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) and later held a postdoctoral teaching position at NC State University. My articles and book reviews have appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology, Antiquity, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. I am currently working on a book project entitled:  Elite Stone Working in the Mycenaean World: Tools, Masonry, and Sculpture.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Art and Archaeology of the Aegean
  • Classical Art and Archaeology
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Athletics
  • Topography and Monuments of Athens
  • Greek Sanctuaries: Archaeology of Religious Space

Publication Highlights

Selected Articles

"Contextualizing Mycenaean Hoards: Metal Control on the Greek Mainland at the End of the Bronze Age," American Journal of Archaeology 122.4 (forthcoming October 2018).

"Experimental Stonecutting with the Mycenaean Pendulum Saw," Antiquity 92.361 (2018): 217-232.

"Making the Lion Gate Relief at Mycenae: Tool Marks and Foreign Influence," American Journal of Archaeology 118.3 (2014): 451-488.

"Exploring Sacred Space: GIS Applications for Analyzing the Athienou-Malloura Sanctuary," in Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of the Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, edited by M. K. Toumazou, P.N. Kardulias, and D. B. Counts, 291-302. (Boston, 2011). [with James A. Johnson]

"Mortuary Variability at Salamis (Cyprus): Relationships between and within the Royal Necropolis and the Cellarka Cemetery," Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23.2 (2010): 143-167.