Dr Dan Stewart

Lecturer in Ancient History

BA (Memorial University of Newfoundland), MA (British Columbia), PhD (Leicester), FHEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2172

Email: ds120@le.ac.uk

Personal details


Prior to joining the school in October 2008 I held positions at University College London and the University of Birmingham. I am the co-director of a fieldwork project at Roman Knossos, served as field director of the Sikyon Survey Project, and have been involved in archaeological projects in Greece, Syria and North America. My research straddles the line between Ancient History and Archaeology, interweaving texts and objects to examine the landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean.


I am heavily involved in teaching in the department, and have contributed to a range of modules for all three levels of Undergraduate studies.'


Selected recent publications

  • D. Stewart (2013) Reading the Landscapes of the Rural Peloponnese: Landscape Change and Regional Variation in an Early 'Provincial' Setting: BAR International Series 2504. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • D. Stewart (2013) “’Most Worth Remembering’: Pausanias, Analogy, and Classical Archaeology” Hesperia 82.2, 231-261.
  • D. Stewart (2013) “Storing Up Problems: Labour, Storage, and the Rural Peloponnese” Internet Archaeology 34. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue34/index.html
  • D. Stewart (2010) “The Rural Peloponnese: Continuity and Change” for A.D. Rizakis (ed.) Roman Peloponnese III: Studies on Political, Economic and Socio-cultural History, Athens/ Paris, Kentron Ellinikis kai Romaïkis Archaiotitos/ Diffusion de Boccard. 217-233.
  • Y. Lolos, B. Gourley and D. Stewart (2007) “The Sikyon Survey Project: A Blueprint for Urban Survey?” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 20.2: 267-96.


  • D. Stewart (2012) “Review of Spawforth, A. J. S., Greece and the Augustan cultural revolution. Greek culture in the Roman world,” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.12.4. Available online: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2012/2012-12-04.html
  • D. Stewart (2009) “Review of Cavanagh, Gallou and Georgiadis (eds.) Sparta and Laconia: from prehistory to pre-modern,” Antiquity, 83.322: 1199-1200.
  • D. Stewart (2005) “Review of Susan E. Alcock, John F. Cherry, Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Studies in the Mediterranean,” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.01.17. Available online: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2005/2005-01-17.html

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My research interests focus on cultural interaction in the Hellenistic and Roman eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on what is now mainland Greece and Crete. Most recently this has entailed research projects on Roman Knossos, change and continuity in landscape and land use within the Peloponnese of Greece, and how landscapes affect communities over time. I have been attempting to use landscape studies as a means of accessing more than just economic data about past societies, but as windows into how societies, and people within societies, interacted.

My research methodology involves the integration of both urban and rural data, from a variety of sources. My current work on Knossos uses a new programme of geophysical investigation and archival research in order to help illuminate the Roman city.

I have experience integrating archaeological field survey data, excavated material and textual data  in order to assess the disparate areas of this geographically divided landmass. My fieldwork at Sikyon formed a part of this broader research initiative. Broadly, this research highlighted the range of responses to changing socio-political situations within the Peloponnese. Moreover, it shows that ‘Greece’ rarely, if ever, reacted to such circumstances in a monolithic or unified manner.

This work on archaeological landscapes has led to an interest in exploring literary landscapes, or how landscapes (both urban and rural) were represented within ancient sources. This has led to research on the historiography of landscape and landscape archaeology. In other words, exploring the relationship between ancient texts, archaeological materials, and the way we frame our understandings of the past.


I am available to supervise PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • Hellenistic and Roman Greece
  • Urban and Rural Landscapes
  • The intersection of Text and Material Culture
  • The Greek East

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