Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont

BA (Hons), PhD Lond
Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Lesley Beaumont is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology. She was awarded a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology by the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Classical Archaeology by the University of London (UCL). Prior to taking up her position at the University of Sydney, she was Assistant Director of the British School at Athens. Her publications include Childhood in Ancient Athens. Iconography and Social History (Routledge: 2012, 2015), and a forthcoming Routledge handbook on Children in Antiquity which she is co-editing with Matthew Dillon and Nicola Harrington. Her current archaeological fieldwork focuses on the Early Iron Age settlement site of Zagora on the Greek island of Andros. She serves as a Council Member of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Research interests

  • Greek archaeology, especially that of Athens, Chios and Ionia, and the northern Cyclades
  • Ancient Greek iconography
  • The archaeology and social history of children and childhood in Classical antiquity

Teaching and supervision

Dr Beaumont teaches at all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. Units of study include:

  • ARCA1001: Ancient Civilisations
  • ARCA2612: A Greek Odyssey
  • ARCA2613: Athenian Art, Architecture and Society
  • ARCA2624: The Ancient Greek Body
  • ARCA2635: Explanation and Theory in Archaeology
  • ARCA4012: Approaches to Archaeological Research
  • ARCL6902: The Archaeology of Athens
  • BDES3030: Roman Architecture (taught jointly with Faculty of Architecture)

Dr Beaumont also organises, co-ordinates and co-teaches a three-week intensive Classical Archaeology Summer School in Greece for undergraduate and postgraduate students and high school teachers of Ancient History. The next Athens Summer School will run in January 2019.

Postgraduate supervision of completed and current research students includes: gesture in ancient Greek funerary art, iconography of vegetation in Greek figured vase painting, bath houses in the Athenian Agora, Roman portrait sculpture, household archaeology at Geometric Zagora, Early Iron Age metalworking at Zagora, ancient Greek textiles, the archaeology of religion in the Greek Iron Age, maritime perspectives on the prehistoric and protohistoric Eastern Aegean, Archaic and Classical Chios, and the archaeology of childhood.

Current projects

Co-Director, Zagora Archaeological Project, Andros, Greece:http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/zagora/about/

The Kato Phana Archaeological Project, Chios. This project, now in its final publication phase, focuses on investigation of the Late Bronze Age through Christian cult site located at Kato Phana on the East Greek island of Chios.

Children in Antiquity: Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/archaeology/research/children_in_antiquity_2015.shtml

Awards and honours

Dr Beaumont was a recipient in 2010 of Honourable Mention in the University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards. She also received a Dean’s commendation for Excellence in Teaching in July 2015.

2005-2006 TBL Webster Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.

Conference Organisation/Selected Invited and Keynote Papers

2017: “Productive economies at Zagora” at the Making Cities: Economies of Production and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE conference at the University of Cambridge.

2016: “Defining Childhood and Youth at Athens and Sparta: a Regional Approach”. Public lecture for Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

2016: “Water supply and climate change at Zagora” (with M. Knight) at the Negotiating Material Culture conference at the Ancient Cultures Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney.

2015: Organiser of the Children in Antiquity: Perspectives & Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean conference at the University of Sydney.

2014: “Recent Discoveries at Zagora, Andros”. Public lecture (in Modern Greek) at the People’s Theatre, Andros, Greece.

2014: “Dismemberment, decapitation and disposal: narratives of the endangered child in ancient Greece”. Seventh International Conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, Melbourne.

2013: “Australia in Andros: archaeological excavation at Zagora”. Public lecture (in Modern Greek) at the People’s Theatre, Andros, Greece.

2012: “A century of archaeological research at Kato Phana, Chios: changing perspectives, approaches and outcomes” at the Greek Ministry of Culture symposium on Chios on One Hundred Years of Archaeological Research in Chios, Greece.

2012: “The perils and potential of archaeological positivism: the case of Zagora” (with M. Miller) at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Zagora in Context Conference: Settlements and Intercommunal Links in the Geometric Period.

2007: “Shifting gender indicators: age and social class as modifiers of childhood gender in Classical Athens” at the inaugural conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, Magdalen College, Oxford.

2007: “Chios in the ‘Dark Ages’: New Evidence from Kato Phana” at The ‘Dark Ages’: An International Conference. University of Volos, Greece.

2006: Delivered T.B.L. Webster Lecture at Institute of Classical Studies, University of London on “Rock of Ages: Childhood & Youth on the Parthenon Frieze”.

2003: Keynote speaker at conference on Constructions of Childhood in the Ancient World, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, USA.

2001: “Changing Childhoods? The representation of children in Attic figured vase painting” at the International Vase Symposion, Kiel: Greek Ceramics in Cultural Context.

Exhibition Curation

2015: Co-curator (with N. Harrington and C. Richards) of Children in Antiquity: Greece and Egypt exhibition at the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/publications/catalogues/children-in-antiquity.pdf

Academic Referee/Assessor

Annual of the British School at Athens, Hesperia, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Arethusa, Wiley-Blackwell, Routledge, Scientific Series of the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger (Norway), expert assessor for the Australian Research Council competitive grants programmes.

I have also served as academic assessor for a number of US university tenure review committees.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2015

  • Zagora Conservation Work; Miller M, Beaumont L, Paspalas S; J.M. Kaplan Fund/Research Support.

2014

  • Children in Antiquity: Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean; Beaumont L; University of Sydney/School of Philosophical & Historical Inquiry Conference Seed Funding Scheme.

2013

  • Children and childhood in the ancient world: a cross-cultural analysis; Harrington N, Beaumont L; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

2012

  • Settlement sustainability and societal change in the ancient Mediterranean: the case of Zagora; Miller M, Beaumont L, Paspalas S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Household and Community in Early Iron Age Zagora (Andros, Greece); Beaumont L, Miller M; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.

2006

  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2006; Beaumont L; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Overseas Conference and Travel Grant.
  • TBL Webster Research Fellow; Beaumont L; University of London/TBL Websters REsearch Fellow.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2006; Beaumont L; Chios Association of NSW/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project; Beaumont L; Headley Trust/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; British School at Athens/Research Grant.
  • Zagora project; Beaumont L, Miller M; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.

2005

  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; Chios Association of NSW/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; British School at Athens/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; Panchian Federation of Australia/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust/Archaeological Research.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2005; Beaumont L; Russell Trust Association/Research Grant.

2003

  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2003; Beaumont L; Institute for Aegean Prehistory /Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2003; Beaumont L; British School at Athens/Research Grant.
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2003; Beaumont L; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.

2002

  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project - 2002; Beaumont L; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.

2001

  • Conference Travel Grant University of Keil, Germany 2001; Beaumont L; Ian Potter Foundation/Research Grants.
  • The Kato Phana archaelogical research project, SW Chios (Greece); Beaumont L; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
  • Kato Phana Archaeological Project; Beaumont L; British School at Athens/Research Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Beaumont, L. (2015). Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History (2nd edition). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Beaumont, L. (2012). Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Beaumont, L., Barker, C., Bollen, E. (2006). Festschrift in Honour of J. Richard Green. Sydney: Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Sydney.

Book Chapters

  • Beaumont, L. (2015). Pointing to the Past. In Steve Brown, Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick (Eds.), Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists, (pp. 111-117). Califonia: Left Coast Press. [More Information]
  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Shifting Gender: Age and Social Status as Modifiers of Childhood Gender in Ancient Athens. In Judith Evans Grubbs, Tim Parkin, Roslynne Bell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World, (pp. 195-206). New York, USA: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Beaumont, L. (2011). Chios in the "Dark Ages": New Evidence from Kato Phana. In Alexander Mazarakis Ainian (Eds.), The Dark Ages Revisited: Acts of an International Symposium in Memory of William D.E. Coulson, (pp. 221-231). Volos, Greece: University of Thessaly Press.
  • Beaumont, L. (2007). Chios: The Kato Phana Archaeological Project. In Justus Corbet; Vokmar von Graeve; Wolf-Deitrich Niemeier; Konrad Zimmermann (Eds.), Frühes Ionien eine Bestandsaufnahme, (pp. 137-148). Berlin: Verlag Phillipp von Zabern GmBH.
  • Beaumont, L. (2003). The changing face of childhood. In Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley (Eds.), Coming of age in ancient Greece : images of childhood from the classical past, (pp. 59-83). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.

Journals

  • Beaumont, L., McLoughlin, B., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2016). Zagora Archaeological Project: the 2013 Field Season. Mediterranean Archaeology, 27(2014), 115-121.
  • Beaumont, L., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2015). New Investigations at Zagora (Andros): The Zagora Archaeological Project 2012. Mediterranean Archaeology, 25(2012), 43-66.
  • Beaumont, L., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2015). Zagora Archaeological Project: 2014 Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 11, 12-15.
  • Paspalas, S., Beaumont, L., Miller, M. (2014). Zagora Archaeological Project: 2013 Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 10, 12-14.
  • Miller, M., Beaumont, L., Paspalas, S. (2013). The "Return" to Zagora: the 2012 Field Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 9, 13-17.
  • Beaumont, L. (2007). Review of C.O. Pache, Baby and Child Heroes in Ancient Greece. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 68(4).
  • Beaumont, L. (2004). Erika Simon: Festivals of Attica. An Archaeological Commentary. Journal of Religious History, 28(3), 310-311.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2004). Excavations At Kato Phana, Chios: 1999, 2000 And 2001. Annual of the British School at Athens, 99, 201-255.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2003). Chios Kato Phana (appears as part of 'Archaeology in Greece 2002-2003'). Archaeological Reports (London), 49(2002-2003), 72-72.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2002). Kato Phana 2001-2002 report. Archaeological Reports (London), 2001-2002, 90-91.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2001). Kato Phana 2000-2001 report. Archaeological Reports (London), 2000-2001, 112-113.

Conferences

  • Beaumont, L. (2003). Changing childhoods? The representation of children in Attic figured vase painting. Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext. Akten des Internationalen Vasen-Symposions in Kiel von 24 bis 28.9.2001 (Scriptorium). National University of Singapore.

Scholarly Exhibition

  • Beaumont, L., Harrington, N., Richards, C. (2015). Children in Antiquity. Sydney, Australia: Nicholson Museum, Sydney University Museums. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Chios. In R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, G. Champion, A. Erskine & S. Huebner (Eds.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. (pp. 1466-1468). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Kato Phana on Chios. In R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine & S Huebner (Eds.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. (pp. 3710-3711). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Other

  • Beaumont, L. (2004), Catalogue contributions to D.T. Potts & K.N. Sowada, eds. Treasures of the Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney (Sydney), 80-81, 84-85, 92-93, 108-109.

2016

  • Beaumont, L., McLoughlin, B., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2016). Zagora Archaeological Project: the 2013 Field Season. Mediterranean Archaeology, 27(2014), 115-121.

2015

  • Beaumont, L. (2015). Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History (2nd edition). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Beaumont, L., Harrington, N., Richards, C. (2015). Children in Antiquity. Sydney, Australia: Nicholson Museum, Sydney University Museums. [More Information]
  • Beaumont, L., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2015). New Investigations at Zagora (Andros): The Zagora Archaeological Project 2012. Mediterranean Archaeology, 25(2012), 43-66.
  • Beaumont, L. (2015). Pointing to the Past. In Steve Brown, Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick (Eds.), Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists, (pp. 111-117). Califonia: Left Coast Press. [More Information]
  • Beaumont, L., Miller, M., Paspalas, S. (2015). Zagora Archaeological Project: 2014 Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 11, 12-15.

2014

  • Paspalas, S., Beaumont, L., Miller, M. (2014). Zagora Archaeological Project: 2013 Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 10, 12-14.

2013

  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Chios. In R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, G. Champion, A. Erskine & S. Huebner (Eds.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. (pp. 1466-1468). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Kato Phana on Chios. In R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine & S Huebner (Eds.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. (pp. 3710-3711). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Beaumont, L. (2013). Shifting Gender: Age and Social Status as Modifiers of Childhood Gender in Ancient Athens. In Judith Evans Grubbs, Tim Parkin, Roslynne Bell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World, (pp. 195-206). New York, USA: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Miller, M., Beaumont, L., Paspalas, S. (2013). The "Return" to Zagora: the 2012 Field Season. Bulletin (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), 9, 13-17.

2012

  • Beaumont, L. (2012). Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]

2011

  • Beaumont, L. (2011). Chios in the "Dark Ages": New Evidence from Kato Phana. In Alexander Mazarakis Ainian (Eds.), The Dark Ages Revisited: Acts of an International Symposium in Memory of William D.E. Coulson, (pp. 221-231). Volos, Greece: University of Thessaly Press.

2007

  • Beaumont, L. (2007). Chios: The Kato Phana Archaeological Project. In Justus Corbet; Vokmar von Graeve; Wolf-Deitrich Niemeier; Konrad Zimmermann (Eds.), Frühes Ionien eine Bestandsaufnahme, (pp. 137-148). Berlin: Verlag Phillipp von Zabern GmBH.
  • Beaumont, L. (2007). Review of C.O. Pache, Baby and Child Heroes in Ancient Greece. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 68(4).

2006

  • Beaumont, L., Barker, C., Bollen, E. (2006). Festschrift in Honour of J. Richard Green. Sydney: Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Sydney.

2004

  • Beaumont, L. (2004), Catalogue contributions to D.T. Potts & K.N. Sowada, eds. Treasures of the Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney (Sydney), 80-81, 84-85, 92-93, 108-109.
  • Beaumont, L. (2004). Erika Simon: Festivals of Attica. An Archaeological Commentary. Journal of Religious History, 28(3), 310-311.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2004). Excavations At Kato Phana, Chios: 1999, 2000 And 2001. Annual of the British School at Athens, 99, 201-255.

2003

  • Beaumont, L. (2003). Changing childhoods? The representation of children in Attic figured vase painting. Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext. Akten des Internationalen Vasen-Symposions in Kiel von 24 bis 28.9.2001 (Scriptorium). National University of Singapore.
  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2003). Chios Kato Phana (appears as part of 'Archaeology in Greece 2002-2003'). Archaeological Reports (London), 49(2002-2003), 72-72.
  • Beaumont, L. (2003). The changing face of childhood. In Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley (Eds.), Coming of age in ancient Greece : images of childhood from the classical past, (pp. 59-83). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.

2002

  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2002). Kato Phana 2001-2002 report. Archaeological Reports (London), 2001-2002, 90-91.

2001

  • Beaumont, L., Archontidou-Argyri, A. (2001). Kato Phana 2000-2001 report. Archaeological Reports (London), 2000-2001, 112-113.

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