Archaeology and Ancient History

Dr Christina Tsoraki

Honorary Fellow

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Christina Tsoraki is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Leicester. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the Leverhulme-funded Beyond the Three Age System project. She specialises in prehistoric archaeology with a focus on material culture studies, stone technology and microwear analysis. Her research interests include object histories, cross-craft interactions, depositional practices and household archaeology.

Between 2013 and 2017 she was a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow, and a temporary lecturer in Material Culture Studies at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. Her Marie-Curie project CRAFTS (Crafting networks in early farming societies) investigated the role of household- and community-based practices in creating and sustaining technological and social networks in early farming societies. Employing different social units of analysis such as households and neighbourhoods the project explored how the interactions afforded by technological processes contributed to the sharing of knowledge, materials and techniques among social groups (learning networks).

She is also involved as a specialist researcher (specialising in ground stone technology) in many archaeological projects in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey ranging in date from the Early Neolithic to the Hellenistic period. Between 2012 and 2018 she was the leader of the Ground Stone Team for the Çatalhöyük Research Project (Turkey).

More information on Christina can be found on ResearchGate and

Selected publications

Hodder, I. and C. Tsoraki (eds.) 2022. Communities at Work: The Making of Çatalhöyük. Çatalhöyük Research Project Series Volume 15. London: British Institute at Ankara.

Tsoraki, C. 2021. The ground stone technologies at Neolithic Çatalhöyük: issues of production, use and deposition. In I. Hodder (ed.,), Materials at Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2009-2017 Seasons, 309-370. Çatalhöyük Research Project Series Volume 14. London: British Institute at Ankara.

Santiago-Marrero, C.G, C. Tsoraki, C. Lancelotti and M. Madella 2021. A microbotanical and microwear perspective to plant processing activities and foodways at Neolithic Çatalhöyük. PLoS ONE 16(6): e0252312.

Tsoraki, C. 2018. The ritualisation of daily practice: exploring the staging of ritual acts at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey. In I. Hodder (ed), Religion, History and Place in the Origin of Settled Life, 238-262. University of Colorado Press.

Tsoraki C. 2012. Ground Stone technologies at the Bronze Age settlement of Sissi. Preliminary results. In J. Driessen, I. Schoep, M. Anastasiadou, F. Carpentier, I. Crevecoeur, S. Déderix, M. Devolder, F. Gaignerot-Driessen, S. Jusseret, C. Langohr, Q. Letesson, F. Liard, A. Schmitt, C. Tsoraki, and R. Veropoulidou. Excavations at Sissi III. Preliminary Report on the 2011 Campaign, 201-221. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses Universitaires de Louvain.

Tsoraki, C. 2011. Disentangling Neolithic Networks: Ground stone technology, material engagements and networks of action. In A. Brysbaert (ed.), Tracing prehistoric social networks through technology: a diachronic perspective on the Aegean, 12-29. New York and London: Routledge.

Tsoraki, C. 2011. Stone-working traditions in the prehistoric Aegean: the production and consumption of edge tools at Late Neolithic Makriyalos. In V. Davis and M. Edmonds (eds.), Stone Axe Studies III, 231-44. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Tsoraki, C., H. Barton, R. J. Crellin and O. J. T. Harris 2020. Making marks meaningful: new materialism and the microwear assemblage, World Archaeology, 52:3, 484-502, DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2021.1898462

Haddow, S.D., C. Tsoraki, M. Vasić, I. Dori, C.J. Knüsel and M. Milella, 2019. An Analysis of Modified Human Teeth at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 28: 102058.

Li, W., C. Tsoraki, W. Lan, Y. Yang, J. Zhang and A. van Gijn, 2019. New insights into the grinding tools used by the earliest farmers in the central plain of China. Quaternary International 529: 10-17.

Bickle, P., B. Chan, L. Czerniak, J. Pyzel and C. Tsoraki 2016. At home in the Neolithic: understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households. Open Archaeology 2: 410-416

Nazaroff, A., C. Tsoraki and M. Vasic 2016. Aesthetic, Social, and Material Networks: A Perspective from the Flint Daggers at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26: 65-92.

Relaki, M. and C. Tsoraki 2017. Variability and differentiation: a first look at the stone vase assemblage in the Petras cemetery. In M. Tsipopoulou (ed.), Petras Siteia. The Pre- and Proto-palatial cemetery in context. The 2nd International Petras Symposium, The Danish Institute at Athens, 14-15 February 2015, 159-178. Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens, 20. Athens: The Danish Institute at Athens.

Sadvari, J.W., C. Tsoraki, L. Dogiama and C. J. Knüsel 2015. Reading the stones, reading the bones: an integrated approach to reconstructing activity patterns at Neolithic Çatalhöyük. In I. Hodder and A. Marciniak (eds), Assembling Çatalhöyük, 59-74. Themes in Contemporary Archaeology. Leeds: Maney Publishing.

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