Dr Karin Nys
Professor Mediterranean Archaeology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2 – 1050 Brussel
Karin Nys partakes in the Swedish archaeological investigations of the Late Bronze Age town near the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus (project leader: Prof. Dr em. Paul Åström) since 1997. She became assistant-director of this mission in 2001.
She is also involved in the study of the artefacts that were unearthed at the Mycenaean acropolis of Midea (Greece) by a Swedish team under the direction of Prof. Dr em. Paul Åström in the 1980s and 1990s. The final report on these excavation campaigns is in preparation (co-authors: Paul Åström, Karin Nys and Peter Fischer).
During 2001-2006, she participated in a research project supervised by Prof. Dr em. Paul Åström and financed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, namely the publication of the series Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX). In this framework, she published with Paul Åström all the Cypriote artefacts preserved in public collections in Denmark and Sweden (volumes XX:22-23 and 28) and was furthermore responsible for the editing of volumes XX:24, 26 and 27.
In October 2002, Karin Nys became head of the VUB research Centre ‘Centrum voor Mykeense en Archaïsch-Griekse cultuur’ (ARGC), which was transformed into the ‘Mediterranean Archaeological Research Institute’ (MARI) in the spring of 2007.
Since 2002, she is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prehistoric Religion.
Karin Nys is supervisor or co-supervisor of the following research projects financed by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel:
- The typological, chronological, contextual, technological and archaeometric investigation of the production and use of black glass in the Roman Empire during the 1st to 5th centuries AD. Read more...
- The development of ancient civilization in Cyprus in the global context of recent paleoenvironmental evolution (co-supervisor: Prof. Dr Philippe Claeys). Read more...
- Non-destructive analyses of cultural heritage materials (NOCEM). The development of a user-friendly, low-cost device for the non-destructive optic analysis of glass artefacts, based on their colour and composition (co-supervisors: Prof. Dr H. Thienpont, Prof. Dr Herman Terryn and Dr Wendy Meulebroeck). Read more...
Selection of Publications
- P. Åström & K. Nys (eds), Hala Sultan Tekke 12. Tomb 24, Stone Anchors, Faunal Remains and Pottery Provenance (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XLV:12), Sävedalen 2007.
- K. Nys & P. Åström, Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities 28. Cypriote Antiquities in Public Collections in Sweden: Malmö, Lund and Göteborg (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX:28), Sävedalen 2005.
- K. Nys & P. Åström, Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities 23. The Public Collections in Denmark (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX:23), Sävedalen 2003.
- Swedish Cyprus Expedition at Marion: A Reassessment of the Tomb-Fields at Kaparka and Evrethades”, in Proceedings of Finds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm March 31 – April 2, 2006 (in press).
- K. Nys, “The Study of Cypriote Iron Age Pottery after the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: Inflation or Deflation of Gjerstad’s Legacy?”, in Proceedings of Swedish Cyprus Expedition 80 Years. Symposium in Honour of Einar Gjerstad Held in the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, September 28 2007 (publication date summer 2008).
- V. Renson, J. Coenaerts, K. Nys, N. Mattielli, P. Åström & P. Claeys, “Provenance Determination of Pottery from Hala Sultan Tekke using Lead Isotopic Analysis: Preliminary Results”, in P. Åström & K. Nys (eds), Hala Sultan Tekke 12. Tomb 24, Stone Anchors, Faunal Remains and Pottery Provenance (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XLV:12), Sävedalen 2007, 53-62.
- K. Nys & M. Recke, “Craftmanship and the Cultural/Political Identity of the Cypriote City-Kingdoms: The Case of Idalion and Tamassos”, in Actes du colloque international “Frontières et territoires au centre de Chypre : la région d’Idalion de l’antiquité au XIXe siècle” Aix-en-Provence, 3-5 juin 2004, Centre d’Etudes chypriotes. Cahier 34 (2004), 211-222.
- K. Nys & P. Åström, “Evidence of Bull-Riding in the Cypriote Bronze Age”, Journal of Prehistoric Religion XVI-XVII (2003), 4-15.
- K. Nys, “Base-ring Bull-shaped Vases in Context”, in P. Åström (ed.), The Chronology of Base-ring Ware and Bichrome Wheel-made Ware. Proceedings of a Colloquium Held in the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, May 18-19 2000, Stockholm 2001, 95-122.