Associate Professor, Greek Archaeology
Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on issues of mortuary archaeology, ceramic analysis, and issues of identity in the Bronze Age Aegean. He is currently an associate director of excavations at the Minoan town of Gournia on Crete and co-directing the publication of excavations at the Mycenaean cemetery of Ayia Sotira near Ancient Nemea. He has published on the pottery and society of the Late Minoan III cemetery and settlement at Mochlos on Crete, as well as the cemetery at Ayia Sotira in Nemea.
2017. Smith, R.A.K., M.K. Dabney, E. Pappi, S. Triantaphyllou, and J.C. Wright. Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.
2015. With Watrous, L.V. et al. “Excavations at Gournia: 2010-2012,” Hesperia, the Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 84.3, pp. 397-465.
2014. With M.K. Dabney, G. Kotzamani, A. Livarda, G. Tsartsidou, and J.D. Wright “Plant Use in Mycenaean Mortuary Practice,” in G. Touchais, R. Laffineur, and F. Rougemont (eds.) PHYSIS: L’environnement naturel et la relation homme-milieu dans le monde égéen protohistorique. 14e Rencontre Égéenne Internationale. Aegaeum 37 (Peeters: Leuven – Liege), pp. 265-270.
2014. With M.K. Dabney “The Life of a Tomb: Investigating the Use, Reuse and Reconstruction of Mycenaean Chamber Tombs at Ayia Sotira (Nemea),” Meditations on the Diversity of the Built Environment in the Aegean Basin: A Colloquium in Memory of Frederick E. Winter, Publications of the Canadian Institute in Greece, No. 8. (Athens: Canadian Institute in Greece), pp. 145-160.
2014. With E. Pappi, M. Dabney, S. Triantaphyllou, and J. Wright, “Ayia Sotira Cemetery Excavations, Ancient Nemea: 2006-2008,” in Corinthia and the Northeast Peloponnesus: Topography and History from Prehistoric Times until the End of Antiquity, Proceedings of a Conference Held on March 26-29, 2009 in Loutraki, Greece (Athens: Deutsches Archäologisches Intitut), pp. 363-370.
2012. With P. Karkanas, M.K. Dabney, and J.C. Wright. “The geoarchaeology of Mycenaean chamber tombs,” Journal of Archaeological Science 39, pp. 2722-2732.
2012. With M. Dabney, “Children and Adornment in Mycenaean Funerary Ritual at Ayia Sotira, Nemea,” in M.-L. Nosch and R. Laffineur (eds.) KOSMOS: 13th International Aegean Conference, held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-23 April 2010, pp. 441-446.
2011. With Jeffrey S. Soles et al. Mochlos IIC. Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery: The Human Remains and Other Finds (INSTAP Academic Press).
2011. With W. Gauss, M. Lindblom and J.C. Wright (eds.) Our Cups are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age (Oxford, U.K.: Archaeopress).
2010. Mochlos IIB: The Late Minoan III Settlement and Cemetery. The Pottery. INSTAP Academic Press.
2016. “Death on the Isthmus: Late Minoan III Tombs of the Mirabello Bay and Ierapetra Areas.” Paper presented at Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2016. “Death in a Minoan Town: Mortuary Rituals at Bronze Age Gournia.” Paper for the Brock University Archaeological Society’s 27th Annual Symposium, Brock University.
2016. “Breaking Ground: Foundation Feasts in the Minoan Palace at Gournia, Crete.” Paper for the Ottawa Chapter of the Friends of the Canadian Institute in, the Ottawa Society of the American Institute of Archaeology, and the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.
President, Canadian Institute in Greece
President, Niagara Peninsula Chapter, Archaeological Institute of America
Brock University Representative to the Managing Committee, American School of Classical Studies at Athens