Thomas Kiely

Curator - Cyprus Digitisation Project
Cyprus Collection-Neolithic and Bronze Age to Roman

Department: Greece and Rome


+44 (0)20 7323 8300


Thomas Kiely studied archaeology and ancient history at Liverpool University. He completed a PhD in the archaeology of Bronze and Iron Age Cypriot settlements in the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford in 2005 under Dr Susan Sherratt. During this time he also tutored undergraduates and visiting students in Late Bronze Age, Homeric and Classical Archaeology, in addition to undertaking other educational and research work. Thomas joined the British Museum in 2006 as a curator to continue the Cyprus Digitisation Project.

His research interests include: the settlement topography of Cyprus in the second and earlier first millennia BC; the cultural relationship of Cyprus, the Aegean and the Levant in the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age; early Phoenician and Greek settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean; the relationship between iconography and ethnic and cultural identity.

Current projects

Digitising the Cyprus collection, particularly the material from Kourion and Amathus

Collaborating with the Cyprus Museum on the Enkomi Digitisation Project to digitally reunite dispersed collections from 19th century excavations.

Digitising the archival sources for the history of the Cyprus collection in the British Museum.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Committee member for the publication of K. Hallof (ed.), Inscriptiones Graecae XV. Corpus der kyprischen Silbeinschriften des ersten Jahrtausends v. Chr.

Recent publications

T. Kiely (ed.), Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum. Papers in honour of Veronica Tatton-Brown. British Museum Research Publication 180 (London, British Museum Press, 2009).

T. Kiely, ‘The Kourion notebook in the British Museum. Re-excavating an old excavation’, in Kiely 2009, 62–100.

T. Kiely, Contributions to, J. Aruz, K. Benzel and J. Evans (eds.), Beyond Babylon. Art, trade and diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. (Metropolitan Museum, New York, 2008).