Director of StudiesDepartment of Historical
Senior LecturerDepartment of Historical
About Kristian Göransson
I read Classical Archaeology & Ancient History plus Latin and Greek at Lund University where I took my BA in 1996 and MA in 1998. After some years working as a field archaeologist in Italy and in museums in Scotland and Sweden I returned to Lund to do a PhD in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History. In 2007 I defended my thesis The Transport Amphorae from Euesperides: The Maritime Trade of a Cyrenaican City 400-250 BC. The thesis is a study of maritime trade in the Classical and early Hellenistic periods based on the transport amphorae found in the British-Libyan excavations at Euesperides (Benghazi), Libya, where I participated for several years.
In 2007 I got a job as Curator at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet) in Stockholm. At the museum I was responsible for the Greek and Roman collections including the Cyprus collections and led the work with the new Cyprus gallery, which opened in 2009 as well as numerous temporary exhibitions.
After six years at the museum I became Director of the largest Swedish research institute in the humanities abroad, the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome. There I stayed for six years (2013-2019) before moving back to Sweden to take up my current position as Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg in 2019.
My research interests include the Greek colonisation, in particular in Sicily and Libya, but also the ancient economy and ancient pottery studies.
Since 2016 I direct a small excavation project at Francavilla di Sicilia in northeast Sicily. The project aims at investigating a Greek inland settlement dating to the fifth century BC. It is a collaboration between the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome, the Parco Archeologico di Naxos-Taormina and the Comune di Francavilla di Sicilia.
Since the beginning of 2020 I conduct a research project on the Greeks in ancient Cyrenaica at the Swedish Institute at Athens, funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ).
I mainly teach Greek history, Greek art and archaeology, Roman history and the Hellenistic world.
I am also Curator of the University of Gothenburg Museum of Antiquities, a small but good collection of mainly pottery from the ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean.
Selected academic memberships:
Corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI).
Board member of the Research Foundation Fondazione Famiglia Rausing at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome.
Member of The Society for Libyan Studies at The British Academy, London.
Expert reviewer of project applications for the Research Council of Flanders (FWO), Brussels.
Expert reviewer of project applications at the University of Cyprus Internal Research Funding Programme, Nicosia.
Svenska utgrävningar i Francavilla på
Medusa. Svensk tidskrift för antiken - 2020-01-01
Francavilla di Sicilia: A brief summary of recent archaeological
Mehr Licht, More Light, Piu Luce. Studia in honorem Arja Karivieri, edited by K. Mustakallio, M. Silver, S. Örmä - 2020-01-01
Troja på British
Hellenika - 2020-01-01
Urbanisation in Roman Sicily - (L.) Pfuntner Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily. Pp. x 306, ills, maps. Austin: University of Texas Press,
The Classical Review - 2020-01-01
Stamped Greek amphorae found at
Analyse et exploitation des timbres amphoriques grecs, N. Badoud & A. Marangou (eds.) - 2019-01-01
Pottery and trade at Euesperides in Cyrenaica: An
E. Zimi, Kristian Göransson, K. Swift
Libyan Studies - 2019-01-01
'The Rhodian Collection at Lund University: An
Documenting ancient Rhodes : archaeological expeditions and Rhodian antiquities : acts of the international colloquium held at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, February 16-17, 2017 / edited by Stine Schierup ; with the assistance of Sanne Hoffmann - 2019-01-01
Archeologia e scuole straniere a
Archeologia quo vadis? : riflessioni metodologiche sul futuro di una disciplina : atti del workshop internazionale, Catania, 18-19 gennaio 2018 / a cura di Daniele Malfitana - 2018-01-01
Maritime trade along the north coast of Sicily from the late first century BC to the first century
Il Mediterraneo e la storia II : Naviganti, popoli e culture ad Ischia e in altri luoghi della costa tirrenica, (Atti del convegno internazionale, Sant’Angelo di Ischia, 9-11 ottobre 2015) a cura di Laura Chioffi, Mika Kajava, Simo Örmä - 2017-01-01
'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. The Cyprus Collections in Stockholm and the Swedish Excavations after the
Cahiers du Centre d'Études Chypriotes - 2012-01-01
The Transport Amphorae from Euesperides: The Maritime Trade of a Cyrenaican City 400-250