Dr Ken Wardle PhD, FSA, Corr. Member DAI

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ken Wardle is expert in the archaeology of prehistoric Greece and ancient Macedonia and has directed and taken part in field projects in many parts of Greece.


  • MA Cantab.
  • PhD London


After reading Classics at Cambridge Dr. Wardle undertook his doctoral research on the prehistory of NW Greece at the Institute of Archaeology in London, held scholarships from the Greek Government and British School at Athens and Fellowships in Heidelberg and Newcastle upon Tyne. He was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 1977.


Greek prehistory, especially Minoan and Mycenaean, early Classical Archaeology, the Archaeology of Macedonia.

Postgraduate supervision

Minoan and Mycenaean civilization
Greek prehistory, Macedonia

Find out more - our PhD Classics and Ancient History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Current research at Mycenae, Knossos, Assiros and Servia and Thermon.

Other activities

  • Head of Education for Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Member of Committee for Archaeology of British School at Athens


Recent publications


Wardle, K & Wardle, D 2012, Πόλεις του Μύθου: Μυκηναϊκός Κόσμος. Enalios, Athens.


Flouris, A, Petmezas, S, Asimoglou, P, Vale, J, Mayor, T, Giakos, G, Jamurtas, A, Koutedakis, Y, Wardle, K & Wardle, D 2024, 'Analysis of Greek prehistoric combat in full body armour based on physiological principles: a series of studies using thematic analysis, human experiments, and numerical simulations', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 5, e0301494. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0301494

Wardle, K, Higham, T & Kromer, B 2014, 'Dating the end of the Greek Bronze Age: a robust radiocarbon-based chronology from Assiros Toumba', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 9, e106672. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0106672

Wardle, K 2003, 'Technology transfer at the periphery of the Mycenaean world: the cases of Mycenaean pottery found in central Macedonia (Greece) and the Plain of Sybaris (Italy)', Archaeometry, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 263-284. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4754.00108

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Wardle, K 2019, Wessex and Mycenae: a rapprochement? in P Kalogerakou (ed.), Not yet determined - festschrift for Professor Korres.

Wardle, K 2017, Guvesne Revisited: A Century of British Engagement. in Archaeology Behind the Battle Lines: The Macedonian Campaign (1915-1919) and its Legacy. Routledge. <ftp://wardleka@cal-web-01.bham.ac.uk/GuvesneRevisitedPURE1116.pdf>

Wardle, K 2015, Reshaping the past: Where was the “Cult Centre” at Mycenae? in A-L Schallin & I Tournavitou (eds), Mycenaeans up to date: The archaeology of the north-eastern Peloponnese - current concepts and new directions. vol. 56, Acta Instituti Atheniensis Regni Sueciae, Series in 4, vol. 56, The Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (ECSI), Stockholm, pp. 577-596. <http://ecsi.se/actaath-4-56/>


Wardle, K 2014, The contribution of the British School at Athens and its members to a century of prehistoric research in Macedonia. in International conference proceedings, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

Wardle, K, Wardle, D, Shepherd, G & Crawford, S 2007, The Child's Cache at Assiros, Macedonia. in Children, Childhood and Society. IAA Interdisciplinary Series I.

Conference contribution

Wardle, K & Wardle, D 2019, The citadel of Mycenae: a landscape of myth and memory. in E Borgna , I Caloi , FM Carinci & R Laffineur (eds), MNHMH / MNEME. Past and Memory in the Aegean Bronze Age: Proceedings of the 17th International Aegean Conference, University of Udine, Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Humanities, 17-21 April 2018. vol. 43, Aegaeum, vol. 43, Peeters Publishers and Booksellers, Leuven, Leuven, pp. 153-164 + CCL pl., MNHMH / MNEME. Past and memory in the Aegean Bronze Age, Udine, Italy, 17/04/18. <http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=10944>


Wardle, K, Todorova, H, Stefanovich, M & Ivanov, G 2007, 'Assiros Toumba: A brief history of the settlement, for Strymon Prehistorikos', Paper presented at The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. Proceedings of the International Symposium Strymon Praehistoricus, Kjustendil-Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), Serres-Amphipolis (Greece). (In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul volume 2.), Sofia, Bulgaria, 1/01/07 pp. 451-479.

Wardle, K, Todrova, H, Stefanovich, M, Ivanov, G, Newton, MW & Kuniholm, PI 2007, 'Troy VIIB2 revisited: the date of the transition from Bronze to Iron Age in the northern Aegean', Paper presented at The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. Proceedings of the International Symposium Praehistoricus, Kjustendil-Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), Serres-Amphipolis (Greece). (In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul Volume 2.), Sofia, Bulgaria, 1/01/07 pp. 481-497.

Wardle, K, Newton, M, Kuniholm, PI, Levy, TE & Higham, T 2005, 'A Dendrochronological 14C Wiggle-Match for the Early Iron Age of North Greece: A contribution to the debate about this period in the Southern Levant', pp. 104-113.

Wardle, K, Newton, M & Kuniholm, PI 2005, 'Dendrochronology and Radiocarbon determinations from Assiros and the beginning of the Greek Iron Age', Paper presented at To Archaiologiko Ergo sti Makedonia kai sti Thraki 2003, 1/01/05 pp. 173-190.

Wardle, K & Wardle, D 2004, 'Glimpses of private life: Roman rock cut tombs of the first and second centuries AD at Knossos', Paper presented at Knossos: Palace, City, State, Proceedings, 1/01/04 pp. 473-480.

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Archaeology of Prehistoric Greece including Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece and Macedonia.