Univ.-Prof. Naoise MAC SWEENEY, PhD

E-Mail: naoise.macsweeney@univie.ac.at

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Forschungsinformationssystem der Universität Wien: u:cris

My research focuses on the construction of identity and cultural interaction. I am especially interested in the making of communities – not only their physical formation through landscape and architecture, but also their social formation through cultural practice, and their conceptual formation through the construction of identity.

My work to date has focused on these topics in relation to the Iron Age to Classical periods in the ancient Greek world and Anatolia, focusing in particular on the Greek cities of Ionia and Cilicia, but also on Troy and myths of the Trojan War. My current project expands the geographical frame, considering. migration and mobility around the Mediterranean in the Iron Age. It is called MIGMAG: Migration and the Making of the Ancient Greek World, and is funded by a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, and will run from 2020 to 2025 (https://www.migmag-erc.eu/).

I am also interested in wider engagement with the antiquity, and the politics of reception and heritage. I passionately believe that those of us who study the past also have a responsibility to the present. In addition, I am the lead academic editor for the journal Anatolian Studies.

Curriculum Vitae

BA-Studium der Altertumswissenschaft an der University of Cambridge


MA-Studium der Alten Geschichte an der University College London


Assistentin, Abteilung für Antike, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Doktoratsstudium der Klassischen Archäologie an der University of Cambridge, mit der Dissertation „Community Identity in Protohistoric Western Anatolia”

Research Fellow, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, UK

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge


Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Leicester, UK

Associate Professor, University of Leicester, UK


Research Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, USA


Seit 2019

Elected Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, UK

Seit 2019
Akademische Editorin, Anatolian Studies journal



Professor, University of Leicester, UK

Seit Oktober 2020
„Principal Investigator ERC Consolidator Grant MIGMAG – Migration and the Making of the Ancient Greek World


Seit Oktober 2020

Professorin für Klassische Archäologie, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Wien

Seit 2021

Corresponding Member, Archaeological Institute of America

Scientific Focus Areas

  • Greek migration and ‘colonisation’
  • Greek communities in Iron Age Anatolia
  • Greek interactions with the ancient Near East
  • Landscape and survey archaeology
  • Ethnicity and race in antiquity
  • The use of antiquity in contemporary political discourse


Selected List of Publications



  • 2023: The West: A New History of an Old Idea. London: Ebury.
  • 2018. Troy: Myth, City, Icon. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2018, mit J. Haywood. Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition. London: Bloomsbury.
  • (ed). 2015. Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies: Dialogues and Discourses. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2013. Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2011. Community Identity and Archaeology: Dynamic Communities at Aphrodisias and Beycesultan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Journal articles

  • 2021. ‘Regional identities in the Greek world: myth and koinon in Ionia’, Historia 70: 268-314.
  • 2017. 'Separating Fact from Fiction in the Ionian Migration', Hesperia 38: 379-421.
  • 2010. ‘Hittites and Arzawans: A view from western Anatolia’, Anatolian Studies 60: 7-24
  • 2009. ‘Beyond Ethnicity: The Overlooked Diversity of Group Identities’. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22.1: 101-126.
  • 2004. ‘Social Complexity and Population: A Study in the Early Bronze Age Aegean', Papers of the Institute of Archaeology 15: 53-66.


Book chapters

  • 2022. 'MÖ 2. Binyılın Sonlarında Batı Anadolu ve "İon Göçü" Sonrunu / Western Anatolia through the end of the second millennium BC and the Question of the "Ionian Migration"', in E. Koparal and Y. Ersoy (eds) Ionialılar: Ege Kıyılarının Bilge Sakinleri / Ionians: Sages of the Aegean Shore. Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 72-79.
  • 2021. ‘Race and Ethnicity’, in D. McCoskey (ed.) A Cultural History of Race. Volume I: Antiquity, London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2020.  'Herodotus and the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish War', in J. Skinner and T. Harrison (eds) Herodotus in the Long Nineteenth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 224-243.
  • with P.S.Wells. 2018. 'Edges and Interactions Beyond Europe.' in C. Haselgrove, P.S. Wells and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2018. 'Failed nostoi and foundations: Kalchas at Kolophon', in G. Biffis and S. Hornblower eds. Nostoi: Traditions about Mediterranean Settlement. 235-266. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • with T.E. Şerifoğlu. 2017. 'Never the Same River Twice: The Göksu Valley Through the Ages', in Y. Heffron, A. Stone and M. Worthington (eds) At the Dawn of History. Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J.N. Postgate. 335-354. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
  • 2016. ‘Anatolian-Aegean connectivity in the Early Iron Age’, in B. Molloy (ed.) Scales and Modes of Interaction Between Prehistoric Aegean Societies and their Neighbours. Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology, 411-434. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • 2016. 'Connectivity and Globalization in the Bronze Age of Anatolia', in T. Hodos (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Globalization and Archaeology, 855-870. London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2015. ‘Violence and the Ionian Migration: Representation and Reality’, in Ç. Maner, K. Kopanias and N. Stampolidis (eds) Nostoi: Indigenous Culture, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. Istanbul: Koç University Press.
  • 2013. 'Autour des mythes de fondation de Chios et de Samos', in O. Mariaud (ed.) Communautés nouvelles dans l'Antiquité grecque. Mouvements, intégrations et représentations. Bordeaux: Ausonius.
  • 2012. ‘A Land without Autochthons: Anatolian archaeology in the early twentieth century’. In R. Matthews and J, Curtis (eds) Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 12th-16th April 2010. Volume 2 (Oxford: Oxbow), 63-72
  • 2011. ‘Strange and Estranged: Perceiving cultural contacts in Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age Anatolia’, in K. Duisterrnaat and I. Regulski (eds) Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 202. Peeters. p67-77
  • 2008. ‘The Meaning of “Mycenaean”’, in Menozzi, O., Di Marzio, M.L., and Fossataro, D. (eds) SOMA 2005. Proceedings of the IX Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology, Chieti (Italy). Oxford: BAR Archaeopress.


Fieldwork reports

  • Şerifoğlu, T.E., Mac Sweeney, N., and S. Eve. 2018. 'Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey: The Fifth Season', Anatolica 44: 165-177.
  • Şerifoğlu, T.E., Mac Sweeney, N., and C. Colantoni. 2017. 'Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey: The Fourth Season', Anatolica 43: 1-13.
  • Mac Sweeney, N. (with contributions by other authors) 2017. 'Section 9: Artefacts from Kilise Tepe, 2007-2011', in J.N. Postgate (ed.) Excavations at Kilise Tepe 2007-2012: The Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Cambridge: MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  • Şerifoğlu, T.E., Mac Sweeney, N., Collar, A., Colantoni, C. and S. Eve. 2016. 'Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project: The Third Season', Anatolica 42: 1-17.
  • Şerifoğlu, T.E., Mac Sweeney, N., and C. Colantoni. 2015. 'Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project: The Second Season', Anatolica 41: 177-189.
  • Şerifoğlu, T.E., Mac Sweeney, N., and C. Colantoni. 2014. 'The Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey', Anatolica 40: 71-92.