Curtis Runnels

Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Title Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Office Room 345E
  • Phone (617) 358-1647
  • Education Ph.D., Indiana University, 1981

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Prehistoric archaeology of the Aegean; Lithic technology


Fellow (Society of Antiquaries Of London)

Excavations and Fieldwork

Professor Runnels has been involved in fieldwork in Greece, Turkey, and Albania since 1973, including excavations, surveys, and laboratory studies.  Since 2008 his research has focused on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic finds from the Plakias region of SW Crete.  Before that he was Co-Director of the Greek-American Mesolithic Kandia Survey in the Argolid in 2003, and from 1988 to 1992 the Swedish-American Berbati-Limnes Survey in the Argolid.  From 1991 to 1995 he was a staff member on the Boston University’s Nikopolis Project, and the 1987 to 1991 Director of the Palaeolithic survey of Thessaly, and from 1979 to 1983 Associate Director of the Stanford University Archaeological and Environmental Survey of the Southern Argolid.

Teaching Awards

The Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, 2003
Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1997.

Representative Publications

Thomas F. Strasser, Curtis Runnels, Karl Wegmann, Eleni Panagopoulou, Floyd McCoy, Chad DiGregorio, Panagiotis Karkanas, and Nick Thompson, 2011, “Dating Palaeolithic Sites in Southwestern Crete, Greece,” Journal of Quaternary Science 26: 553-560.

Thomas F. Strasser, Eleni Panagopoulou, Curtis N. Runnels, Priscilla M. Murray, Nicholas Thompson, Panayiotis Karkanas, Floyd W. McCoy, and Karl W. Wegmann, 2010, “Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean: Evidence from the Plakias Region for Lower Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Habitation of Crete,” Hesperia 79: 145-190.

Curtis Runnels, Muzafer Korkuti, Michael L. Galaty, Michael E. Timpson, Sharon R. Stocker, Jack L. Davis, Lorenc Bejko, Skender Mucaj, 2009, “Early Prehistoric Landscape and Landuse in the Fier Region of Albania,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22: 151-182.

Katerina Harvati, Eleni Panagopoulou, and Curtis Runnels, 2009, “The Paleoanthropology of Greece,” Evolutionary Anthropology 18: 131-143.

Curtis Runnels, Claire Payne, Noam Rifkind, Chantel White, Nicholas Wolff, and Steven LeBlanc, 2009, “Warfare in Neolithic Thessaly: A Case Study” Hesperia 78: 165-194.

Curtis Runnels, 2009, “Mesolithic Sites and Surveys in Greece: A Case Study from the Southern Argolid,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22: 57-73.

Curtis Runnels, 2008, “George Finlay’s Contributions to the Discovery of the Stone Age in Greece” Annual of the British School at Athens 103: 9-25.

Priscilla Murray and Curtis Runnels, 2007 “Harold North Fowler and the Beginnings of American Study Tours in Greece, “ Hesperia 76: 597-626.

van Andel, Tj. H., and Curtis N. Runnels, 2005, “Karstic Wetland Dwellers of Middle Palaeolithic Epirus, Greece,” Journal of Field Archaeology 30: 367-384.

Curtis Runnels, Eleni Panagopoulou, Priscilla Murray, Georgia Tsartsidou, Susan Allen, Kevin Mullen and Evangelos Tourloukis, 2005, “A Mesolithic Landscape in Greece: Testing a Site-Location Model in the Argolid at Kandia,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 18: 259-285.

Curtis Runnels, Muzafer Korkuti, Michael L. Galaty, Michael E. Timpson, John C. Whittaker, Sharon R. Stocker, Jack L. Davis, Lorenc Bejko, and Skënder Muçaj, 2004, “The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Albania: Survey and Excavation at the Site of Kryegjata B (Fier District),” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 17: 3-29.

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