Individual Faculty Research Profile—Christopher Witmore, Ph.D.

Dr. Witmore received his doctorate from Stanford University in 2005, with a dissertation on archaeological practice and Greek landscape entitled Multiple-field approaches in the Mediterranean: Revisiting the Argolid Exploration Project. During the following year he accepted a postdoctoral position with the Stanford Humanities Lab and Metamedia where he continued to develop digital initiatives, co-founding both ( and ( From 2006 to 2009 Dr Witmore was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. In 2009, Dr Witmore joined the faculty of Texas Tech University as assistant professor.

A kind of specialist generalist in archaeology, Dr Witmore's work follows three complementary paths. From the development of agricultural practices in the Neolithic to pastoral economies and the dynamics of the Greek polis to contemporary land-use he has developed geographies of the Greek countryside over the very long term. Second, his work has explored the relationships of people and things, specifically in the context of ‘media' (whether 2 nd-century BCE inscriptions, 1st-century CE coins, or 18th-century maps) as developing modes of circulating actions and ideas. Third, his interests have led him to questions related to archaeological knowledge design and the place of digital media.

Dr Witmore is co-author of Archaeology: The Discipline of Things (2012), co-editor of Archaeology in the Making (2013), and co-editor of the Routledge Archaeological Orientations series with Gavin Lucas. His current book project is a chorography through the Corinthia and Argolid in Greece.


Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Stanford University 2005

M.A., Landscape Archaeology, University of Sheffield 1998

B.A. (summa cum laude) Archaeology, Classical Studies, and Geography, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1996

Research Interests

Classical Archaeology, Things, Landscape and Chorography, Archaeological Theory and Practice, Digital Media, and the History of Archaeology

Current Courses

  • Ancient Technology: Archaeology, Science and Design
  • Archaeologies of the Classical World
  • The World of Greece: Archaeology, History and Literature
  • The World of Egypt and the Near East: Archaeology, History and Literature

Recent Publications

  • “Growing Beyond Leviathan: What Role for Archaeology?” Anthropology News. 2013
  • “Which Archaeology? A Question of Chronopolitics.” In A. González-Ruibal (ed.) Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the Tropes of Modernity. London: Routledge. 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
  • “Introduction” (with W. Rathje and M. Shanks) In W. Rathje, M. Shanks, and C. Witmore (eds.) Archaeology in the Making. London: Routledge, 5-10. 2012
  • “Archaeology: An Ecology of Practices” (with M. Shanks) In W. Rathje, M. Shanks, and C. Witmore (eds.) Archaeology in the Making. London: Routledge, 463-93. 2012
  • “The Realities of the Past: Archaeology, Object-Orientations, Pragmatology.” In B.R. Fortenberry and L. McAtackney (eds) Modern Materials: Proceedings from the Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference 2009. Oxford: Archaeopress, 25-36. 2012
  • “Interview: Jonas Zakaitis talks with Christopher Witmore.” The Federal Issue #2, October 2011, 11-20. 2011
  • “Anthropology, Archaeology and Ontology: A conversation.” (with B. Alberti, S. Fowles, M. Holbraad, and Y. Marshall) Current Anthropology 52(6). 896-912. 2011
  • “Echoes across the past: chorography and topography in antiquarian engagements with place.” (with M. Shanks) In M. Pearson, H. Roms, and S. Daniels (eds) ‘Fieldworks’: On Performance, Landscape and Environment, a special issue of Performance Research 15(4), 97-106. 2010
  • “Memory practices and the archaeological imagination in risk society: design and long term community.” (with M. Shanks) In I. Russell and S. Koerner (eds) Unquiet Pasts: Theoretical Perspectives on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Ashgate, 269-90. 2010
  • AHR Conversation: Historians and Material Culture” (with L. Austander, A. Bentley, L. Halevi, and O. Sibum) American Historical Review , 114(5). 2009
  • “Prolegomena to Open Pasts: On Archaeological Memory Practices.” In K. Ryzewski (ed.) Archaeology, Experience, Modes of Engagement, Archaeology , a special issue of Archaeologies 5(3). 2009