Clare is an archaeologist specialising in the examination of ceramic technology and consumption practices in prehistory with a particular focus on interdisciplinary and diachronic perspectives. In addition to her PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK (2017), Clare also holds an MSc degree in Archaeomaterials from the University of Sheffield, UK (2005–2006), an MA in Professional Archaeological Practice, University of Leicester, UK (2004–2005), and a BSc in Archaeology, University of Leicester, UK (2001–2004).
As part of her PhD research Clare undertook one of the largest interdisciplinary examinations of Early Bronze Age ceramic production and consumption in the North East Peloponnese of mainland Greece, and has been a ceramic analyst for ‘Local production and External Contacts of the Central Peloponnese: Scientific Analyses of the Bronze Age Pottery from Phenoes (Archadia)’ (2016–2019), ‘Midea, a settlement in the Argolid, from the Late Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age Periods (Upper Acropolis, Trenches A-Aa)’ (2011–2015) and for ‘Ceramic Production and Consumption in Early Helladic Korinthia’ (2010–2012). Since joining OREA, Clare has been involved with projects examining pottery production and technology for Neolithic ceramics from Turkey and Serbia, and Bronze Age ceramics from Bulgaria and Croatia.
In addition to her laboratory-based expertise, Clare has extensive experience as a field archaeologist, having worked in commercial archaeology in the UK, and has provided undergraduate and masters teaching (2009–2010, 2016), as well as teaching introductory petrography training courses at the University of Sheffield (2016, 2017).
- Interdisciplinary approaches to archaeological material culture and technology
- Using laboratory based scientific techniques to investigate ceramic production and consumption, specializing in petrography and SEM analysis
- The diachronic and spatial development of Neolithic and Bronze Age society, pottery technology and consumption practices in Greece and the Balkans
- The relationship between pottery technology, distribution trends and vessel use/diet in prehistory
- The impact of socio-economic, political and cultural circumstances on learning and undertaking craft in ancient and modern contexts
- C. Burke, B. Horejs. Neolithic Potting Traditions at Çukuriçi Höyük. In: R. Özbal, M. Erdalkıran, Y. Tonoike (eds.), Neolithic Pottery from the Near East: Production, Distribution and Use. Proceedings of the 2019 Third International Workshop (Antalya, Turkey). Koç University AKMED Publications: Istanbul.
- E. Alram-Stern, C. Burke, K. Demakapoulou, P. M. Day, The Late-Final and Early Helladic I pottery from Midea in the Argolid: Continuity and Change. In: J. Bennet, W. G. Cavanagh, A. Papadopoulous, D. Smith (eds.), The Wider Island of Pelops: a workshop on Prehistoric pottery in memory of Professor Christopher Mee, 18–19 September 2016. Oxford: Archaeopress.
- C. Burke, Pheneos Pottery: Provenance and Production Technology, in: Μ. Ξανθοπούλου, Α. Μπάνου, Ε. Ζυμή, Ε. Γιaννούλη, Ά. Β. Καραπαναγιώτου, Α. Κουμούση (eds.), Το Αρχαιολογικο εργο στην Πελοποννησο 2 (ΑΕΠΕΛ2). Πρακτικά της Β΄ Επιστημονικής Συνάντησης Καλαμάτα, 1–4 Νοεμβρίου 2017 (Kalamata 2020) 137–143.
- C. Burke, M. Zavadil, G. Kordatzaki, The Chaîne Opératoire of pottery traditions at Pheneos, Peloponnese, mainland Greece, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 35, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102660
- C. Burke. Book Review: Ceramics and Society: A Technological Approach to Archaeological Assemblages by Valentine Roux in collaboration with Courty, M-A., European Journal of Archaeology 23/3, 476–479. doi: 10.1017/eaa.2020.28
- C. Burke, P. M. Day and A. Kossyva, Early Helladic I and Talioti Pottery: Is this just a phase we’re going through? Oxford Journal of Archaeology 39, 19–40. doi: 10.1111/ojoa.12182
- B. Horejs, A. Bulatović, J. Bulatović, M. Brandl, C. Burke, D. Filipović, B. Milić, New Insights into the Later Stages of the Neolithisation Process of the Central Balkans. First Excavations at Svinjarička Čuka 2018. Archaeologia Austriaca 103/2019, 175–226.
- C. Burke, S. Spencer-Wood, Crafting a History. Introduction to Crafting in the World. In: C. Burke, S. Spencer-Wood (eds.), Crafting in the World. Materiality in the Making (New York 2018) 1–16.
- S. Spencer-Wood, C. Burke, Epilogue. The Future of Craft Research. In: C. Burke, S. Spencer-Wood (eds.), Crafting in the World. Materiality in the Making (New York 2018) 255–287.
- C. Burke, P. M. Day, E. Alram-Stern, K. Demakopoulou, A. Hein, Crafting and Consumption Choices: Neolithic–Early Helladic II Ceramic Production and Distribution, Midea and Tiryns, Mainland Greece’. In: E. Alram-Stern, B. Horejs (eds.), Pottery Technologies and Sociocultural Connections Between the Aegean and Anatolia During the 3rd Millennium BC. Oriental and European Archaeology 10 (Vienna 2018) 145–160.
- C. Burke, P. M. Day, D. J. Pullen, The Contribution of Petrography to Understanding the Production and Consumption of Early Helladic Ceramics from Nemea, Mainland Greece. In: M. Ownby, S. Kelly, M. Massucci, I. Druc (eds.), Integrative Approaches in Ceramic Petrography (Salt Lake City 2016) 104–115.
- C. Burke, S. Spencer-Wood (eds.), Crafting in the World. Materiality in the Making (New York 2018).
Crafting Continuity and Change: Ceramic Technology of the Early Helladic Peloponnese, Greece. PhD Thesis University of Sheffield under the Supervision of Prof. Peter Day
Msc in Archaeomaterials, University of Sheffield
MA in Professional Archaeological Practice, University of Leicester
BSc Archaeology, University of Leicester
- since 2017
Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Ceramic analyst for ‘Local production and External Contacts of the Central Peloponnese: Scientific Analyses of the Bronze Age Pottery from Phenoes (Archadia)’, with Michaela Zavadil (OREA). Funded by INSTAP
Ceramic analyst ‘Midea, a settlement in the Argolid, from the Late Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age Periods (Upper Acropolis, Trenches A-Aa)’, directed by Eva Alram-Stern (OREA) and Katie Demakapoulou. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (Project no. P 24798-G18)
Ceramic analyst for ‘Ceramic Production and Consumption in Early Helladic Korinthia’, directed by Peter Day. Funded by INSTAP
Awards & Scholarships
Petrie Watson Exhibition Studentship
Fitch Laboratory Bursary, British School Athens
Papers of the last years
- An Integrated Methodology for Understanding the Life Cycle of Starčevo Pottery from Svinjarička Čuka, Serbia. Presented on 1st February 2021 at the Belgrade Conference on Archaeological Pottery (zoom) Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5wmyOkX_7E&t=2227s
- Same Idea but Different: Neolithic Pottery Crafting at Çukuriçi Höyük, Western Anatolia. Presented on 16th April 2021 as part of the University of Sheffield Archaeomaterials Lecture Series.
- The Chaîne Opératoire Approach to Understanding Neolithic Pottery Technology and Communities: A Case Study from Çukuriçi Höyük, Prehistory in Macedonia Conference (23.12.2020)
- Innovative traditions. The crafting practices of Çukuriçi Höyük potters, International Conference. Pathways to the Late Neolithic of Central and Western Anatolia. The Case studies of Çukuriçi Höyük and Çatalhöyük between 6500 and 6000 cal BC. Procurement of raw materials, 20–21 February 2020, Poznań, Poland (21.2.2020)
- The Neolithic Potters of Çukuriçi Höyük, Turkey, Archaeological Finds Analytical Methods Workshop, Vienna Natural History Museum 12–13 December 2019 (with B. Horejs)
- Archaia Pheneos: A Middle Helladic settlement in Arcadia, Lecture at the University of Graz (with M. Zavadil, and Kordatzaki) (20.11.2019)
- Archaia Pheneos: A Middle Helladic settlement in Arcadia, OREA Lecture (with M. Zavadil, and Kordatzaki) (13.11.2019)
- Tradition and Adaptation: The Potting Technology of Middle Helladic Archaia Pheneos, presented at the European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Barcelona, 16–18 September 2019 (with M. Zavadil)
- Neolithic Potting Traditions at Çukuriçi Höyük presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Ceramics from the Late Neolithic Near East, Antalya, Turkey on 7–9 March 2019 (with B. Horejs) (07.03.2019)
- Neolithic pottery typology and technology. Pathways to the Late Neolithic of Central and Western Anatolia – The Case Studies of Çukuriçi Höyük and Çatalhöyük between 6500 and 6000 calBC. Initial Workshop of Scientific Cooperation between Çatalhöyük and Çukuriçi Höyük Teams, 18th–19th October 2018, Vienna (with B. Horejs) (18.10.2018).
- The Final Neolithic and Early Helladic I Pottery from Midea in the Argolid: Continuity and Change. Workshop ‘The Wider Island of the Pelops: A workshop on prehistoric pottery in memory of Professor Chris Mee’. British School at Athens (with E. Alram-Stern, K. Demakapoulou, and P. Day) (19.09.2017)
- Crafting Practices and Consumption Choices: Neolithic-Early Helladic II Ceramic Production and Distribution, Midea, mainland Greece. Workshop ‘Pottery Technologies and Sociocultural Connections Between the Aegean and Anatolia During the 3rd Millenium BC’. OREA (with E. Alram-Stern, P. Day, A. Hein and K. Demakapoulou) (21.–23.10.2015)
- Scale and Diversity: Examining Early Helladic Ceramic Production and Distributionin the NE Peloponnese, Greece. Paper presented at ΟΞΥΔΕΡΚΕΙΝ at Korakou: A centennial celebration of C.W. Blegen’s 1915–1916 excavations. American School of Classical Studies Athens (with P. Day, A. Hein and V. Kilikoglou) (04.–06.09.2015).
- Early Helladic II Ceramic Production and Distribution, Midea, Mainland Greece. Paper presented at Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California (with P. Day, E. Alram-Stern, K. Demakopoulou and A. Hein (13.–19.04.2015)
Organisation of Conferences & Workshops
- Crafting in the World held at the 34th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, Liverpool (19.12.2012).
- Distant Neighbours: Early Helladic Ceramic Production in the Nemea Valley and Korinth. Poster presentation at the 39th International Symposium on Archaeometry: 50 Years of ISA, Leuven, Belgium. 28th May – 1st June 2012 (with P. Day, J. Cherry and D. Pullen)
- 2016, 2017
Tutor for the University of Sheffield Introduction to Petrography shortcourse
1st year undergraduate seminar tutor for the department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield