Caroline Barnes

Research Interests

  • Late Bronze Age
  • Cypriot Archaeology
  • Aegean Archaeology
  • Philosophy of History
  • Anthropology and Critical Theory
  • Refugee Studies

Caroline Barnes is pursuing an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. She is a 2019 graduate of Bates College, where she double majored in Anthropology and Classical & Medieval Studies. At Bates, Caroline completed a thesis for each major, receiving honors and the department’s top award for her anthropology thesis entitled, “The Ethos of Agency: Exploring Questions of Communication and Categorization in Greece’s Refugee Crisis.” Her classics thesis, “The Soul in Flight: A survey of psyche in Ancient Greek art and literature from Homer to Plato,” focused on the representation of birds in Greek funerary sculpture and literature.

Caroline has also done research on Indegenious archaeology in North America. This work focused on archaeology as a decolonizing mechanism and Indigenous community perceptions of non-Indigenous archaeologists. Outside of archaeology, Caroline has had academic and professional experiences working with migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers in Greece, New England, and along the US-Mexico border. She hopes to bring her interdisciplinary interests to engage in a comprehensive and critical understanding of the ancient world.