Catherine Kearns

Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and the College
Classics 411
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2015
Research Interests: Classical archaeology; Bronze-Iron Age social, cultural, political history; landscape and environments; archaeological method and theory; spatiality

Catherine Kearns’ research examines the intersections between social and environmental change in Mediterranean landscapes during the Iron Age period. Her first book project, Unruly Landscapes: Environment and Society on Ancient Cyprus, analyzes the emergence of Archaic communities on the island of Cyprus through their land use practices, rural economies, and experiences with changing climates. In addition to her work in landscape archaeology, she also studies environmental history, urbanism and hinterlands, and concepts of space and place in antiquity. These themes recur throughout her course offerings, such as “The Greek Countryside,” which explores textual and material evidence for social and economic practices in the hinterlands of the classical polis. In recent years she has co-directed fieldwork on Cyprus through the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project, using geophysics, field survey, excavation and geospatial analysis to identify Iron Age rural settlements, for which she has been awarded ACLS, Loeb Classical Library Foundation and university grants.

Recent Publications

  • Kearns, C. and S.W. Manning, eds. (2019) New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Kearns, C. (2019) “Discerning ‘favorable’ climates: science, survey archaeology, and the Cypriot Iron Age.” In C. Kearns and S.W. Manning (eds.), New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology, 266-294. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Kearns, C. (2018) "Cyprus in the surging sea: spatial imaginations of the eastern Mediterranean." TAPA 148.1: 45-74.
  • Kearns, C. (2017) "Mediterranean archeology and environmental histories in the spotlight of the Anthropocene." History Compass 15.10: 15 pp.
  • Manning, S.W., C. Kearns and B. Lorentzen (2017) "Dating the end of the Late Bronze Age with radiocarbon: some observations, concerns, and revisiting the dating of Late Cypriot IIC to IIIA.” In B. Fischer and T. Bürge (eds.), The Sea Peoples Up-To-Date: New Research on Transformations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 13th-11th Centuries BCE, 95-110. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.