Graham Braun

Research Interests

Graham’s research interests are generally centred around Greek archaeology, specifically the art and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age. He is also fascinated by the Greek Iron Age and Archaic period and has conducted research on Archaic religion and architecture, including a short investigation of the monumental polygonal wall at ancient Eleon (built ca. 500 BCE), which he hopes to expand in future research. More recently, Graham has also been considering constructions of space and place throughout Greece and aims to explore these avenues through archaeological methodologies like GIS analysis, space syntax, Least-cost Analysis, and other computational applications. These considerations compliment his interest in the historiography of archaeology and archaeological methods, especially within Greek archaeology.

Graham additionally has a personal interest in Greek sculpture, which was largely inspired by visits to the National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum in Athens. His experience in Latin and Greek, as well as his interest in Mycenaean Greece, have also allowed him to begin training in the Linear B script, facilitated by an undergraduate course during his BA, and he would very much like to continue improving his competency in Mycenaean Greek.

Projects

Graham is currently working on a co-authored study of a collection of 62 unpublished lead votive figurines from the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, Sparta, now housed in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The project will present the typological varieties found in the collection as well as the collections history of the figurines, which can be reconstructed in broad strokes from the excavation of the figurines to their eventual donation.

Graham Braun is pursuing his MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at UBC. He completed his BA Honours with Distinction in Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria (2020), with a thesis focusing on the archaeology and iconography of the gorgon image in Archaic Greece. He currently works as a trench supervisor with the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project at ancient Eleon, Boeotia. Graham has also worked as a collections photographer and digital archive assistant at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This year (20–21), Graham will be a teaching assistant for CLST 332: Roman Art and Architecture (T1).