Texas Tech University

Christopher Witmore

Photo: Ron Jautz 2015

Associate Professor in Archaeology and Classics, Texas Tech University


PhD: Stanford University 2005
MA: University of Sheffield 1999
BA: University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1996

Chris's research focuses on things, land, and human ecology in the Mediterranean, especially southern Greece, on the Roman built environment in Northern Britain, and on archaeological memories of a POW camp in Norway. Chris is fascinated by the character and scope of archaeology and for over a decade he has explored fundamental questions concerning the discipline's objects, practices, and rapports with what has become of the past. A senior founding member of the Metamedia Laboratory at Stanford, his work with media and things has addressed a range of questions from how archaeologists manifest qualities of the material world to how we might expand our range of expression in the humanities and sciences. Recently he held the Donnelley Family Fellowship at the National Humanities Center where he worked on his current book project: Old Lands. A Chorography of the Eastern Morea, Greece.



Archaeology in the Making: Conversations through a Discipline. (Co-editor with W. Rathje and M. Shanks). London: Routledge, 448pp. 2013
Archaeology: The Discipline of Things. (Co-author with B. Olsen, M. Shanks and T. Webmoor). Berkeley: The University of California Press, 256pp. 2012


Archaeological Orientations (co-editor with Gavin Lucas), Routledge. from January 2011
Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, (member, editorial board), Equinox. from October 2012

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"Archaeology, symmetry, and the ontology of things: A response to critics" (with Bjørnar Olsen) Archaeological Dialogues 22(2), 187-97. 2015
"Bovine Urbanism: The Ecological Corpulence of Bos Urbanus." In. B. Clarke (ed.) Earth, Life & System: Interdisciplinary Essays on Environment and Evolution. Fordham University Press, 225-49. 2015
"Archaeology and the Second Empiricism." In F. Herschend, C. Hillerdal and J. Siapkas (eds.) Debating Archaeological Empiricism. London: Routledge, 37-61. 2015
"Teillager 6, Sværholt: The Archaeology of a POW camp in Finnmark, Arctic Norway." (with R. Grabowski, B. Olsen, and Þ. Pétursdóttir). Fennoscandia Archaeologica. 31, 3-24. 2014
"Archaeology and the New Materialisms." The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 1(2), 203-24. 2014
"Confronting Things: A reply to Edgeworth, Hodder, Ingold and Lazzari." The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1(2), 239-46. 2014
"Archaeology, anthropocene, hypanthropocene" The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 1(1), 128-32. 2014
"Sværholt: Recovered Memories from a POW Camp in the Far North." (with B. Olsen) In B. Olsen & Þ. Péturdóttir (eds) Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. London: Routledge, 162-90. 2014
"(Dis)continuous Domains: A Case of 'Multi-sited Archaeology' from the Peloponnesus, Greece." In O. Harmansah (ed.) Drawing on Rocks, Gathering by the Water. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 213-41. 2014
"Growing Beyond Leviathan: What Role for Archaeology?" Anthropology News. 54(4), 4-5. 2013
"Which Archaeology? A Question of Chronopolitics." In A. González-Ruibal (ed.) Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the Tropes of Modernity. London: Routledge, 130-44. 2013
"The World on a Flat Surface: Maps from the Archaeology of Greece and Beyond." In S. Bonde and S. Houston (eds) Representing the Past: Archaeology through Text and Image. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 127-52. 2013


Senior Research Fellowship, Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. 2016-2017
President's Mid-Career Faculty Award 2015-2016
TTU Humanities Research Fellowship, the Humanities Center at Texas Tech 2015
Donnelley Family Fellowship, The National Humanities Center 2014-2015
Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award 2013


Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures