Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece


Andrew Shapland

Andrew Shapland
Classics faculty
Fellow of Jesus College

Research summary

My research focuses on the material culture of Bronze Age Crete. I am particularly interested in depictions of animals, the subject of my 2022 monograph 'Human-Animal Relations in Bronze Age Crete: A History through Objects'. I have been involved in fieldwork on Crete since 2005, first as a member of the Knossos Urban Landscape Project and since 2020 as co-director of excavations at Palaikastro.

Another research interest of mine is the history of Aegean Bronze Age archaeology including the work of Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos and the archaeological discoveries made in Macedonia by participants in the First World War Salonika Campaign.

My role as curator involves the display and digitisation of the Aegean Bronze Age and Classical Greek collections and their accompanying archives (including the Sir Arthur Evans archive). I welcome research enquiries in these areas.


Andrew Shapland read Archaeology and Anthropology at Peterhouse, Cambridge before moving to the UCL Institute of Archaeology for postgraduate studies. In 2009 he received his PhD (Over the Horizon: Human-Animal Relations in Bronze Age Crete) and was appointed Greek Bronze Age Curator at the British Museum. In 2018 he moved to the Ashmolean Museum as Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece.

He was co-curator of the 2019 British Museum exhibition 'Troy: Myth and Reality' and is curator of the 2023 Ashmolean exhibition 'Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality'. He is a Supernumerary Fellow in Archaeology at Jesus College, Oxford.