Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

Associate Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw is trained in Greek (Prehistoric, Classical and Byzantine) Archaeology. She specialises in the Aegean Bronze Age, particularly Minoan Crete. She has been practising archaeology for over twenty years and has diverse research interests including archaeologies of the body, ceramics, religion, artefact databases and reception studies, the latter with reference to education and nationalism. Anna is an Assistant Lecturer at Classical and Archaeological Studies, the School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent. She also teaches Archaeology at the Continuing Education Departments of the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and at the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association). Finally, she is also an External Examiner for Archaeology for the University of Durham and forModern Greek for the University of Nottingham.

Courses Taught

Past Courses



  • In Preparation: Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Galatas Pediados: the Middle Minoan III Pottery, INSTAP Academic Press.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Stefanou E. (eds.), From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the ‘Other’ Past, British Archaeological Reports International Series (to be published in early 2012).
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Miniature Vessels in Minoan Crete, INSTAP Academic Press.

Book section

  • Simandiraki A., Stefanou E. 2007, '‘Fringe’ Archaeologies: the ‘Other’ Past',The European Archaeologist 28 (Winter 2007-8): 28-9.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2010, 'The human body in Minoan religious iconography', Krzyszkowska O. H. (ed.), Cretan Offerings: Studies in Honour of Peter Warren, BSA Studies series 18: 321-9.
  • Simandiraki A. 2009, 'Blue Sky Digital Heritage: the Case of Greece', In Tsipopoulou M. (ed.) Proceedings of Digital Heritage in the new knowledge environment: shared spaces & open paths to cultural content, International Conference of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens, Greece, 31 October – 2 November 2008: 182-6.
  • Simandiraki A., Grimshaw T. 2009, 'The Branding of Minoan Archaeology', in Georgiadis M., Gallou C. (eds.), The Past in the Past: The Significance of Memory and Tradition in the Transmission of Culture, BAR International Series 1925: 87-104.
  • Simandiraki A., Grimshaw T. 2008, 'Linguistic Imperialism and Minoan Archaeology (Greece)', Archaeologies 4(1): 186-9.
  • Simandiraki A. 2006, 'The Agrimi in the Minoan Ceramic Relief', Proceedings of the 9th International Cretological Congress, Elounda, Crete, Greece, 1-6 October 2001, Society of Cretan Historical Studies, Herakleion 2006: vol.A3, pp.95-108.
  • Simandiraki A. 2006, 'The ‘Minoan’ experience of schoolchildren in Crete', In Hamilakis Y., Momigliano N. (eds.), Archaeology and European Modernity: producing and Consuming the Minoans, Bottega D'Erasmo, Aldo Ausilio Editore In Padova, Creta Antica 7: 259-274.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., 'Dusk at the Palace: Exploring Minoan Spiritualities', in Morris C., Peatfield A., Rountree K. (eds.), Archaeology of Spiritualities, Springer, ‘One World Archaeology’ Series
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Stefanou E., 'Introduction: From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the ‘Other’ Past', in Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Stefanou E. (eds.), From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the ‘Other’ Past.

Conference paper

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., The Body Brand and Minoan Zonation, Proceedings of “Minoan Archaeology: Challenges and Perspectives for the 21st Century, International PhD and PostDoc Conference”, Heidelberg, Germany, 23-27 March 2011.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., How 'Minoan' Was Bronze Age Crete?, Proceedings of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) 2010-11
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Miniature Vessels from Petras, Proceedings of the Two-day Conference for the 25 years of the Excavation of the Minoan Palace of Petras Siteias, Athens, Greece, 9-10 October 2010.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Stevens F., Adorning the Body: Animals as Ornaments in Bronze Age Crete, Proceedings of The 13th International Aegean Conference, KOSMOS: Jewellery, Adornment and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-23 April 2010.
  • Simandiraki A. 2008, 'The Minoan body as a Feast', in Hitchcock L., Laffineur R., Crowley J. (eds.) DAIS: the Aegean Feast, Proceedings of the 12th International Aegean Conference, University of Melbourne,Centre for Classics and Archaeology, Melbourne, Australia, 25-29 March 2008, Aegaeum 29, Annales d’archéologie égéenne de l’Université de Liège et UT-PASP: 29-37, pl.III.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., Religious Exchanges between Minoan Crete and its Neighbours: Methodological Considerations, Proceedings of “Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean”, International Conference of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, 26-29 October 2008.
  • Simandiraki A., Miniature vessels in Minoan Crete, Proceedings of the 10th International Cretological Congress, Chania, Crete, Greece, 1-8 October 2006.
  • Simandiraki A., Minoan archaeology in modern Cretan administration, Proceedings of the 10th International Cretological Congress, Chania, Crete, Greece, 1-8 October 2006.
  • Stevens F., Simandiraki-Grimshaw A., The Girl and the Pithos: Archaeology, Photography and People in Knossos in the Early 1900s, Proceedings of “Greek (Hi)stories through the Lens: Photographs, Photographers & their Testimonies” Conference, The Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London, UK, 8 – 11 June.

Journal article

  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2010, 'Bodyscapes in Minoan Crete', Mycenaean Seminar 2009-10, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies (BICS): 126-7.
  • Simandiraki-Grimshaw A. 2010, 'Minoan animal-human hybridity', in Counts D.B. Arnold B. (eds.) 2010, The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography, Archaeolingua: 93-106.
  • Simandiraki A. 2006, 'Cultural Heritage in International Education: developing a research design', International Journal of Learning 13(8): 89-96.
  • Simandiraki A. 2006, 'International Education and Cultural Heritage: Alliance or Antagonism?', Journal of Research in International Education (JRIE) 5(1): 35-56.
  • Simandiraki A. 2005, 'Minoan archaeology in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games', European Journal of Archaeology (EJA), 8 (2): 157-81.
  • Simandiraki A. 2005, 'Of Onions and Ruins: Knowing Cultures through their Heritage?' International Schools Journal, XXIV (2): 40-8.


  • City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate 7407 – Stage 1, City of Bristol College
  • PhD in Minoan Archaeology, University of Bristol
  • MA with Commendation in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Bristol
  • BA Archaeology and History of Art, University of Crete Greece

Associations and memberships

SPHS (Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies)

Research Topics

Archaeologies of the body, especially the Minoan body

Miniature Vessels in Minoan Crete

Middle Minoan III ceramics

Aegean religions (Prehistoric and Classical)

Artefact databases

Antiquity reception studies, especially connected to education and nationalism

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