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Lyvia Morgan

Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Current Projects
                     The Hunt Frieze of 'Palace F'

Research Interests

Aegean wall paintings in their architectural, environmental and cultural contexts
Egyptian art and cult
Anthropology of art and ritual: the body
Iconographic interpretation, method and practice

Academic Record





University of London, Aegean Archaeology
University of Cambridge (Honorary)
University of Sussex, History & Theory of Art


Academic Posts


since 2011

Honorary Research Associate
University College London, Institute of Archaeology


Willcomb Visiting Lecturer on Ancient Egyptian Civilization

Harvard University, History of Art & Architecture Department


Harvard Extension Lecturer
Harvard University


Visiting Lecturer in Ancient Art
Harvard University, History of Art & Architecture Department


Visiting Fellow
University of Bristol


Baring Lecturer in Egyptian and Aegean Art
University of Manchester, Department of Art History and Archaeology


Visiting Lecturer
College Year at Athens, Greece


Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship
University of Marburg


Sir James Knott Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle


Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
University of Wales, Swansea


Eugenie Strong Research Fellowship
University of Cambridge







Harvard University
Aegean wall paintings; Art and cult in ancient Egypt; The body in ancient art (MA)


Manchester University
Aegean art and architecture; Aegean wall paintings; Animals and mythical beasts in ancient art (MA); Egyptian art and architecture of the Old and Middle Kingdom; Egyptian art and architecture of the New Kingdom; Death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt (MA); Iconographic interpretation



Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (2006 and 2008)
Institute for Aegean Prehistory Research Grants (2000s)
National Endowment for the Humanities (1990)
Michael Ventris Memorial Award for Mycenaean Studies (1980)


In Preparation:

  • The Hunt Frieze at Tell el-Dab'a (Avaris). Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien.   


  • Keos XI. Ayia Irini. The Wall Paintings of the Northeast Bastion. Social Context and the Miniature Frieze. INSTAP Academic Press (in press).

  • Editor of Aegean Wall Painting. A Tribute to Mark Cameron, British School at Athens Studies 13 (London 2005).

  • The Miniature Wall Paintings of Thera. A Study in Aegean Culture and Iconography (Cambridge 1988).


  • Revised edition of R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art (London 1997).


  • Inspiration and Innovation. The Creation of Wall Paintings in the Absence of a Picotrial Pottery Tradition at Ayia Irini, Kea, in: A. Vlachopoulos (ed.), ΧΡΩΣΤΗΡΕΣ. Paintbrushes. Wall-Painting and Vase-Painting of the 2nd Millennium BC in Dialogue. Workshop held at Akrotiri, Thera, 24. - 26 May 2013 (forthcoming).

  • Play, Ritual and Transformation. Sports, Animals and Manhood in Egyptian and Aegean Art, in: M. Boyd, I. Morley and C. Renfrew (eds.), Play, Ritual and Belief in Animals and Early Human Societies. Papers presented at a symposium held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research University of Cambridge 13-16 September 2012 (forthcoming).

  • The Power of Paint. Kea and Beyond, Mycenaean Seminar London, 1.18.2012, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 2013 (forthcoming).

  • The Transformative Power of Mural Art. Ritual Space, Symbolism, and the Mythic Imagination, in: E. Alram-Stern, F. Blakolmer, S. Deger-Jalkotzy, R. Laffineur and J. Weilhartner (eds.), Metaphysis. Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 15th Aegean Conference, Vienna, 22. - 25. April 2014, Aegaum 39 (Leuven 2016) 187–200.

  • Why is No One Eating? The Iconography of Feasting in the Ancient World, in: P. Creasman and R. Wilkinson (eds.), Ancient Mediterranean Interconnections. Papers in Honor of Nanno Marinatos, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 7.3 (Tucson 2015) 48-64.

  • Co-authorship together with M. Bietak, C. von Rüden, J. Becker, J. Jungfleisch and E. Peintner, The Tell el-Dab'a Wall Paintings Project. Preliminary Report 2011/2012, Ä&L 22/23, 2012/2013, 131-147.

  • Enlivening the Body. Color and Stone Statues in Old Kingdom Egypt, Source 30.3, 2011, 4-11.

  • A Pride of Leopards. A Unique Aspect of the Hunt Frieze from Tell el-Dab'a, Ä&L 20, 2010, 263–301.

  • An Aegean Griffin in Egypt. The Hunt Frieze at Tell el-Dab'a, Ä&L 20, 2010, 303–323.

  • Paintings, Harbors, and Intercultural Relations, in:  P. Betancourt, M. C. Nelson and H. Williams (eds.), Krinoi kai Limenes. Studies in Honor of Joseph and Maria Shaw, Prehistory Monographs 22 (Philadelphia 2007) 117-129.

  • The Painted Plasters and their Relation to the Wall Paintings of the Pillar Crypt,  in:  C. Renfrew (ed.), Excavations at Phylakopi 1974-76, BSA Suppl. 42 (Athens 2007) 371-399.

  • Art and International Relations. The Hunt Frieze at Tell el-Dab'a, in: E. Czerny, I. Hein, H. Hunger, D. Melman and A. Schwab (eds.), Timelines. Studies in Honour of Manfred Bietak, OLA 149 (Leuven - Paris - Dudley MA 2006) 249–258.

  • New Discoveries and New Ideas in Aegean Wall Painting, in: L. Morgan (ed.), Aegean Wall Painting. A Tribute to Mark Cameron, British School at Athens Studies 13 (London 2005) 21-44.

  • Together with N. Marinatos, The Dog Pursuit Scenes from Tell el-Dab’a and Kea, in: L. Morgan (ed.), Aegean Wall Painting. A Tribute to Mark Cameron, British School at Athens Studies 13 (London 2005) 119-122.

  • The Cult Centre at Mycenae and the Duality of Life and Death, in:  L. Morgan (ed.), Aegean Wall Painting. A Tribute to Mark Cameron, British School at Athens Studies 13 (London 2005) 159-171.

  • Feline Hunters in the Tell el-Dab'a Paintings. Iconography and Dating, Ä&L 14, 2004, 285–298.

  • Form and Meaning in Figurative Painting, in:  S. Sherratt (ed.), Proceedings of the First International Symposium ‘The Wall Paintings of Thera’, Thera, 30. August – 4. September 1997 (Athens 2000) 925-946.

  • The Wall Paintings of the North East Bastion at Ayia Irini, Kea, in:  L.G. Mendoni and A. Mazarakis (eds.),  Kea-Kythnos.  History and Archaeology. Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, (Athens 1998) 201-210.   

  • Power of the Beast. Human Animal Symbolism in Egyptian and Aegean Art, Ä&L 7, 1998, 17–31.

  • Contribution to Jane Turner (ed.), The Dictionary of Art (London 1996).

Late Cycladic art, vol. 8, 309-310.
Minoan wall paintings and reliefs, vol. 21, 672-678.
Cycladic wall paintings, vol. 8, 318-321.

        Helladic wall paintings, vol. 14, 348-351.

  • The Wall Paintings of Kea, BICS 40, 1995, 243-244.

  • Minoan Painting and Egypt. The Case of Tell el-Dab’a, in: W. Davies and L. Schofield (eds.), Egypt, the Aegean and the Levant. Interconnections in the Second Millennium B.C. (London 1995) 29–53.

  • Of Animals and Men. The Symbolic Parallel, in: C. Morris (ed.), Klados.  Essays in Honour of J.N. Coldstream, BICS Suppl. 63 (London 1995) 171-184.

  • Frontal Face and the Symbolism of Death in Aegean Glyptic, in: W. Müller (ed.), Sceaux minoens et mycéniens. 4e symposium international, 10.-12. septembre 1992, Clermont-Ferrand, Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel, Beifheft 5 (Berlin 1995) 135-149.

  • Island Iconography. Thera, Kea, Milos, in: D. Hardy (ed.), Thera and the Aegean World III. Proceedings of theThird International Congress at Santorini, 3.-9. September 1989 (London 1990) 252-266.

  • Ambiguity and Interpretation, in: W. Müller (ed.), Fragen und Probleme der Bronzezeitlichen Ägaischen Glyptic. Beiträge zum 3. Internationalen Marburger Siegel-Symposium, 5.-7. September 1985, Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel, Beiheft 3 (Berlin 1989) 145-161.

  • A Minoan Larnax from Knossos,  BSA 82, 1987, 171-200.

  • Idea, Idiom and Iconography. in: P. Darque and J.C. Poursat (eds.), L'Iconographie Minoenne. Actes de la Table Ronde d’Athene, 21.-22. April 1983, BCH Suppl. 11 (Athens 1985) 5-19.

  • Morphology, Syntax and the Issue of Chronology, in: J.A. MacGillivray and R.N.L. Barber (eds.), The Prehistoric Cycladies. Contributions to a Workshop on Cycladic Chronology (Edinburgh 1984) 165-178.

  • Theme in the West House Paintings at Thera, Archaeologiki Ephemeris, 1983, 85-105.

  • The West House Paintings at Thera, BICS 28, 1981, 166.

  • The Ship Procession in the Miniature Fresco, in: C. Doumas (ed.), Thera and the Aegean World I. Papers presented at the Second International Scientific Congress at Santorini, August 1978 (London 1978) 629-644.

  • The Ship Fresco from Thera. Some Thoughts on the Iconography, BICS 24, 1977, 144-5.

  • The Historical Background, in: The Hesquiat. British Columbia Museum 1985 (1972).

Book Reviews

  • (1978-2003) in: American Journal of Archaeology, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, The Classical Review, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Opuscula Atheniensia.

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