Professor David

Professor David Frankel

Emeritus Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA (Sydney), MA (Sydney), PhD (Göteborg), FAHA, FSA

Role

Honorary

Membership of professional associations

Australian Academy of the Humanities. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Society of Antiquaries, London.

Area of study

Archaeology

Brief profile

Professor David Frankel studied archaeology at the University of Sydney and Gothenburg University, where he specialised on Cypriot prehistory. After some years in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities, The British Museum, he returned to Australia in 1978 to take up a lectureship at La Trobe University, retiring in 2013 to become Emerius Professor. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. From 1996 to 1998 served on the Humanities Panel of the Australian Research Council and was twice on the ERA Committe assessing research quality in the Humanities. He is a member of the Permanent Council of the International Union of Pre- and Proto-Historic Sciences and is involved in organising their XVIII Congress (September 2017). He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the monograph series Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology. His research interests include Australian Aboriginal archaeology with particular reference to south-eastern Australia and the archaeology of the Bronze Age in Cyprus where he has carried out excavations at Marki Alonia, Deneia and Politiko Kokkinorotsos.

Research interests

Archaeology of Australia

- Australian Aboriginal archaeology

Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant

- Archaeology of Bronze Age Cyprus

Recent publications

Books

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel. 2013. Ambelikou Aletri. Metallurgy and Pottery Production in Middle Bronze Age Cyprus. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVIII, Uppsala

G. Georgiou, J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2011. Psematismenos Trelloukkas. An Early Bronze Age Cemetery in Cyprus. Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, Nicosia.

J.M. Webb, D. Frankel, K.O. Eriksson and J.B. Hennessy, 2009. The Bronze Age Cemeteries at Karmi Palealona and Lapatsa in Cyprus. Excavations by J.R.B. Stewart. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVI, Sävedalen.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2007. The Bronze Age Cemeteries at Deneia in Cyprus. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXV. Sävedalen. [with associated digital archivehttp://library.latrobe.edu.au/record=b2234894]

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb 2006 Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus. Excavations 1995–2000.  Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXIII:2. Sävedalen.

C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 2005. An Archaeology of Gariwerd. From Pleistocene to Holocene in Western Victoria. Tempus 8. (Archaeology and Material Culture Studies in Anthropology) University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Edited books

D. Frankel and J. Major, 2014. Kulin and Kurnai. Victorian Aboriginal Life and Customs. Messmate Press, Melbourne.

D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and S. Lawrence (eds), 2013. Archaeology in Environment and Technology: Intersections and Transformation. Routledge, New York and London

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel (eds), 2012. After Fifty Years: Contributions to Mediterranean Archaeology. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVII, Uppsala

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel (eds), 2012. J.R. Stewart, Corpus of Cypriot Artefacts of the Early Bronze Age 4 (edited by). Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology III.4, Uppsala.

Short books and published lectures

D. Frankel, 2008. A Thousand and One Tombs: Survey, Sampling and Ceramics in Bronze Age Cyprus. The Twelfth Museum of Antiquities Maurice Kelly Lecture, University of New England, Armidale.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2008. Marki. Life in a Prehistoric Bronze Age Village. Moufflon Publications, Nicosia.

Journal articles and book chapters

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2014. A potter’s workshop from Middle Bronze Age Cyprus: New light on production context, scale and variability. Antiquity 88: 425–440.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel 2015. Coincident biographies. Bent and broken blades in Bronze Age Cyprus, in K. Harrell and J. Driessen (eds), THRAVSMA. Contextualising the Intentional Destruction of Objects in the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus. Presses universitaires de Louvain, Louvain. pp. 117–142.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2013. Cultural regionalism and divergent social trajectories in Early Bronze Age Cyprus. American Journal of Archaeology 117.1:59–81. [DOI:10.3764/aja.117.1.0059. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3764/aja.117.1.0059]

D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and A. Pike-Tay, 2013. Seasonality and site function in Chalcolithic Cyprus. European Journal of Archaeology 16: 94–115.  [DOI 10.1179/1461957112Y.0000000020]

E. Peltenburg, D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2013. Introduction. In E. Peltenburg (ed.), Associated Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Volume II: Cyprus .Brepols, Turnhout. pp. 1–13.

D. Frankel, P. Keswani, D. Papaconstantinou, E. Peltenburg and J.M. Webb, 2013. Stratigraphy in a non-tell archaeological environment. In E. Peltenburg (ed.), Associated Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Volume II: Cyprus .Brepols, Turnhout. pp. 15–38.

E. Peltenburg, D. Frankel and C. Paraskeva, 2013. Radiocarbon. In E. Peltenburg (ed.), Associated Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Volume II: Cyprus .Brepols, Turnhout. pp. 313–338.

D. Frankel and C.F.M. Bird, 2013.  Integrating hunter-gatherer sites, environments, technology and art in western Victoria. In D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and S. Lawrence (eds), Archaeology in Environment and Technology: Intersections and Transformation. Routledge, New York and London. pp. 69–83.

D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and S. Lawrence 2013. Complex relations: intersections in time and space. In D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and S. Lawrence (eds), Archaeology in Environment and Technology: Intersections and Transformation. Routledge, New York and London. pp. 1–10.

R. Cosgrove, D. Frankel and D. Thomas, 2013. From the Moat to the Murray: Teaching practical archaeology at La Trobe University. Australian Archaeology 74: 44–51.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2012. Pottery production and distribution in prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus. An application of pXRF analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science 39.5:1380–1387. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.12.032

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2012. Appreciating the Corpus. In J.R. Stewart, Corpus of Cypriot Artefacts of the Early Bronze Age 4 (edited by J.M. Webb and D. Frankel). Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology III.4, Uppsala, pp. 1–3.

J. Driessen and D. Frankel, 2012. Minds and mines: settlement networks and the diachronic use of space on Crete and Cyprus. In G. Cadogan, M. Iacovou, K. Kopaka and J. Whitley (eds), Parallel Lives. Ancient Island Societies in Crete and Cyprus. British School at Athens Studies 20, London, pp. 61–84.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2012. Household continuity and transformation in a prehistoric Cypriot village. In B.J. Parker and C.P. Foster (eds), New Perspectives on Household Archaeology. Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake. pp. 473–500.

D. Frankel, 2012. ‘Strange places crammed with observation’. Reporting the site. In J.M. Webb and D. Frankel (eds).  After Fifty Years: Contributions to Mediterranean Archaeology. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVII, Lund, pp. 25–31.

D. Frankel and N. Stern, 2011. Karremarter. Mid- to Late Holocene stone artefact production and use in the Lower South-East of South Australia. In J. Specht and R. Torrence (eds), Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online 23(5):59–71. [doi:10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1565 to 1576] http://australianmuseum.net.au/journal/Frankel-2011-Tech-Rep-Aust-Mus-Online-235-5971

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2011. Hearth and home as identifiers of community in mid-third millennium Cyprus. In V. Karageorghis and O. Kouka (eds), On Cooking Pots, Drinking Cups, Loomweights and Ethnicity in Bronze Age Cyprus and Neighbouring Regions.: Leventis Foundation,  Nicosia pp. 29–42.

D. Frankel, 2010. A different Chalcolithic: A central Cypriot scene. In D.L. Bolger and L. Maguire (eds), The Development of Pre-state Communities in the Ancient Near East: Studies in Honour of Edgar Peltenburg. Oxford: Oxbow. Pp. 38–45.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2010. Social strategies, ritual and cosmology in Early Bronze Age Cyprus: An investigation of burial data from the north coast. Levant 42:185–209.

D. Frankel, 2010. Illustration, allusion and commentary: Choosing the Four Sons in 1695. Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 4:18–24. [http://brill.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/ima/2010/00000004/00000001/art00003 ]

J.M. Webb, D. Frankel and G. Georgiou, 2010. Cyprus in the Early and Middle Bronze Age. In S. Hadjisavvas (ed.), Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia. pp. 69–72.

D. Frankel, 2010. Carving a gope board. The Artefact 33:49–

J.M. Webb, D. Frankel, P. Croft. and C. McCartney, 2009. Excavations at Politiko Kokkinorotsos:a Chalcolithic hunting station in Cyprus. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 75:189–238.

D. Frankel, 2009. What do we mean by ‘regionalism’? In I. Hein (ed), The Formation of Cyprus in the 2nd Millennium B.C. Studies in Regionalism during the Middle and Late Bronze Age.Denkschriften der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean XX,Vienna. pp 15–25.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2009. Exploiting a damaged and diminishing resource: survey, sampling and society at Bronze Age Deneia in Cyprus. Antiquity 83:54–68.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2008. Fine ware ceramics, consumption and commensality: Mechanisms of horizontal and vertical integration in Early Bronze Age Cyprus. In L. Hitchcock, R. Laffineur and J. Crowley (eds) DAIS: the Aegean Feast. Liège: Annales d’archéologie égéene de l’Universite de Liège..pp. 287–295.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2007. Identifying population movements by everyday practice. The case of third millennium Cyprus. In S. Antoniades and A. Pace (eds), Mediterranean Crossroads.Pierides Foundation, Athens. pp. 189–216.

J.M. Webb, D. Frankel, S. Stos, N. Gale 2006. Early Bronze Age metal trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. New compositional and lead isotope evidence from Cyprus. Oxford  Journal of Archaeology 25:261–288.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2006. Neighbours. Negotiating space in a prehistoric village.Antiquity.80:287–302.

D. Frankel, 2005. Becoming Bronze Age. Acculturation and enculturation in third millennium BCE Cyprus. In J. Clarke (ed), Archaeological Perspectives on the Transmission and Transformation of Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. Council for British Research in the Levant in association with Oxbow Books, Oxford. pp. 18-24.

 

Older publications

Books

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2001. Eight Middle Bronze Age Tomb Groups from Dhenia in the University of New England Museum of Antiquities. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX:211, Jonsered.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 1996. Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age Town in Cyprus. Excavations 1990–1994. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXIII:1, Jonsered.

D. Frankel, 1991. Remains to be Seen: Archaeological Insights into Australian Prehistory. Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.

D. Frankel, 1983. Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities: 7. Early and Middle Bronze Age Material in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX:7, Göteborg.

. Frankel, 1974. Middle Cypriot White Painted Pottery: An Analytical Study of the Decoration. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XLII, Göteborg.

Edited books

D. Frankel and J.W. Rhoads (eds), 1994. Archaeology of a Coastal Exchange System: Sites and Ceramics in the Gulf of Papua. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History No. 25. Division of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National

Short books and published lectures

D. Frankel, 2001. Windows onto the Bronze Age. The View from Nicosia. The Leventis Municipal Museum of  Nicosia 10th Annual Lecture, A.G. Leventis Foundation, Nicosia.

D. Frankel, 1979. Archaeologists at Work: Studies on Halaf Pottery. British Museum Publications, London.

D. Frankel, 1979. The Ancient Kingdom of Urartu. British Museum Publications, London.

Journal articles and book chapters

D. Frankel, 1974. Inter‑site relationships in the Middle Bronze Age of Cyprus. World Archaeology 6.2:190–208.

D. Frankel, 1975. The pot‑marks of Vounous—simple clustering techniques, their problems and potential. Opuscula Atheniensia 11:37–51.

D. Frankel, 1981. Uniformity and variation in a Cypriot ceramic tradition. Levant XII:88–106.

D. Frankel, 1982. Earth rings at Sunbury, Victoria. Archaeology in Oceania 17.2:89–97.

D.E. Zobel, D. Frankel, and R.L. Vanderwal, 1984. The Moonlight Head Rockshelter. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 96.1:1–24.

D. Frankel and D. Gaughwin, 1986. Cultural resource management in a university teaching department. In G. Ward (ed.), Archaeology at Anzaas, 1984. Canberra Archaeological Society, Canberra. pp.222–226.

D. Frankel, 1988. Characterising change in prehistoric sequences: a view from Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 23:41–48.

D. Frankel, 1988. Pottery production in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus: assessing the problem. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 1.2:27–55.

C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 1991. Chronology and explanation in Western Victoria and South-East South Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 26:1–16.

C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 1991. Problems in constructing a prehistoric regional sequence: Holocene South-East Australia. World Archaeology 23:179–192.

D. Frankel, 1991. Ceramic variability: measurement and meaning. In J. Barlow, D. Bolger and B. Kling (eds), Cypriot Ceramics: Reading the Prehistoric Record. University Museum Monograph 74, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. pp.241–252.

D. Frankel, 1993. Is this a trivial observation? Gender roles in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus. In H. du Cros and L. Smith (eds), Women in Archaeology: A Feminist Critique. Occasional Papers in Prehistory No. 23, Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. pp.138–142.

D. Frankel, 1993. Pleistocene chronological structures and explanations: a challenge. In M.A. Smith, M. Spriggs and B. Fankhauser (eds), Sahul in Review: Pleistocene Archaeology in Australia, New Guinea and Island Melanesia. Occasional Papers in Prehistory No. 24. Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. pp.24–33.

D. Frankel, 1993. The excavator: creator or destroyer? Antiquity 67:875–877.

D. Frankel, 1993. Inter- and intra-site variability in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus: types, ranges, trends. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 292:59–72.

D. Frankel, 1994. Color variation on prehistoric Cypriot Red Polished Pottery. Journal of Field Archaeology 21:205–219.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 1994. Making an impression: storage and surplus finance in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 7.1:5–27.

D. Frankel, K. Thompson and R. Vanderwal, 1994. Kerema and Kinomere. In D. Frankel and J.W. Rhoads (eds), Archaeology of a Coastal Exchange System: Sites and Ceramics in the Gulf of Papua. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History No. 25. Division of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. pp.1–50.

D. Frankel, 1995. The Australian transition: real and perceived boundaries. In J. Allen and J.F. O’Connell (eds), Transitions. Pleistocene to Holocene in Australia and New Guinea. Antiquity 69 (264):649–655.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 1995. ‘This fair paper, this most goodly book’. Gender in the archaeology of Cyprus, 1920–1990. In J. Balme and W. Beck (eds), Gendered Archaeology. Proceedings of the Second Australian Women in Archaeology Conference. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History, ANU. pp.34–42.

D. Frankel, 1998. Archaeology. In Knowing Ourselves and Others: The Humanities in Australia into the 21st Century. Prepared by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for the Australian Research Council Discipline Research Strategies. National Board of Employment, Education and Training, Australian Government Publishing Services, Canberra. Volume 2:17–28.

C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 1998. Pleistocene and early Holocene archaeology in Victoria. A view from Gariwerd. The Artefact 21:48–62.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 1999. Characterising the Philia facies. Material culture, chronology and the origin of the Bronze Age in Cyprus. American Journal of Archaeology 103:3–43.

J. Fresløv and D. Frankel, 1999. Abundant fields? A review of coastal archaeology in Victoria. In J. Hall and I. McNiven (eds), Australian Coastal Archaeology. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History No. 31, Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. pp. 239–254.

D. Frankel, 2000. Migration and ethnicity in prehistoric Cyprus: technology as habitus. European Journal of Archaeology 3:167–187.

D. Frankel and V. Kewibu. 2000. Early Ceramic Period pottery from Murua (Site ODR), Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. In A. Anderson and T. Murray (eds), Australian Archaeologist. Collected Papers in Honour of Jim Allen. Coombs Academic Publishing, Canberra. pp. 279–290.

C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 2001. Excavations at Koongine Cave: lithics and land use in the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene of South Australia. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 67:49–83.

D. Frankel and J.M. Webb, 2001. Population, households and ceramic consumption in a prehistoric Cypriot village. Journal of Field Archaeology  28.:115-129.

D. Frankel, 2003. Encounters and enclosures: archaeological approaches to social identities in the past and present. Reviews in Anthropology 32:37-49.

J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2004. Intensive site survey. Implications for estimating settlement size, population and duration in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus. In M. Iacovou (ed.), Archaeological Field Survey in Cyprus. Past History, Future Potentials. British School at Athens Studies11:125-137.

D. Frankel, 2005. Becoming Bronze Age. Acculturation and enculturation in third millennium BCE Cyprus. In J. Clarke (ed.), Archaeological Perspectives on the Transmission and Transformation of Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. Council for British Research in the Levant in association with Oxbow Books, Oxford. pp. 18-24.

Research projects

  • The Social Archaeology of Bronze Age Cyprus
  • Aboriginal Archaeology of Victoria