Andrew Shapland

Greek Bronze Age (Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean)

Department: Greece and Rome


+44 (0)20 7323 8780


Andrew Shapland is responsible for the Greek Bronze Age collection at the British Museum. His research focuses on human-animal relations in Bronze Age Crete and the archaeological activities of the British Salonika Force in northern Greece during the First World War.

In addition to his work on the collection, he is currently involved in the Knossos Urban Landscape Project, with responsibility for the Middle Minoan pottery. Previous work includes archiving at Bristol Zoo, excavation projects and contract archaeology in the UK and abroad. He studied as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he completed his PhD, before joining the department in 2009.

Current projects

British Salonika Force collection

Knossos Urban Landscape Project

Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor exhibition

Previous projects

Asahi Shimbun displays

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Honorary Lecturer, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Chair, Mycenaean Studies Advisory Committee, Institute of Classical Studies

British School at Athens Crete Sub-Committee member

Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies Council member (2013-16)

Recent publications

A. Shapland and E. Stefani (eds), Archaeology Behind the Battle Lines: The Macedonian Campaign (1915-19) and its Legacy. (London, Routledge, 2017). Link

A. Shapland, 'After Naturalism: Human-Animal Relations in LMII-III Crete', in G. Touchais, R. Laffineur & F. Rougemont (eds) PHYSIS: l’environnement naturel et la relation homme-milieu dans le monde égéen protohistorique. Actes de la 14e Rencontre égéenne international. (Leuven-Liege, Peeters, 2014), pp. 555-557.

Kanatselou, A. & Shapland, 'A.J. Eustratios Pelekidis and the British Salonika Force Museum', in E. Stefani, N. Merousis & A. Dimoula (eds) A Century of Research in Prehistoric Macedonia 1912-2012. (Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 2014), pp. 91-100

A. Shapland, 'Shifting horizons and emerging ontologies in the Bronze Age Aegean', in C. Watts (ed.) Relational Archaeologies: Humans, Animals, Things. (London, Routledge, 2013), pp. 190-208.

A. Shapland, 'Η συλλογή της British Salonica Force (Βρετανική Δύναμη Θεσσαλονίκης) στο Βρετανικό Μουσείο/The British Salonika Force collection at the British Museum', in P. Adam-Veleni & A. Koukouvou, Αρχαιολογία στα μετόπισθεν. Στη Θεσσαλονίκη των ταραγμένων χρώνων 1912-1922/Archaeology behind Battle Lines. In Thessaloniki of the Turbulent Years 1912-1922. (Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 2013), pp. 75-81. pdf

A. Shapland, 'Jumping to conclusions: bull-leaping in Minoan Crete', Society and Animals, 21 (2013), pp. 194-207

A. Shapland, ‘The Minoan Lion: Presence and absence on Bronze Age Crete’, World Archaeology, 42 (2) (2010), pp. 273–289.

A. Shapland, ‘Wild Nature? Human-animal relations on Neopalatial Crete’, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 20 (1) (2010), pp. 109–127. Link to abstract  pdf