Kostis Christakis is a renowned scientist who has contributed through his scientific work to a deeper understanding of the Minoan civilization. His publications deal with issues such as the sociopolitical complexities of Neopalatial Crete, the storage policy of the palace, the history and trade in Crete from prehistory until the beginning of the 20th century, as well as Minoan nutrition and gastronomy.
He studied classical archaeology at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and completed his postgraduate studies at Bristol University (PhD). He has lectured at the Education Department of the University of Crete and today holds the position of Knossos Curator at the British School at Athens. Together with Dr. G. Rethemiatakis he is Director of the research and excavation programme at Galatas Pediada, in Heraclion Crete. He has published many scientific papers on this subject and has participated in a number of international research projects. His scientific interests are mainly focused on policy issues and economic organization of Crete during the Bronze Age, the archaeology of households, the production and trade of ceramics, the nutritional economy, museum education, and the mapping and studying of files from the Venetian and Ottoman periods. He has participated in a number of international conferences and has published four books and a number of scientific articles.
- Christakis, K. S. 2014. The Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme Viannou V. Potters’ marks from Syme and other sites of Bronze Age Crete (Library of the Archaeological Society at Athens no. 293), Athens: Archaeological Society at Athens.
- Christakis, K. S. 2008. The Politics of Storage: Storage and Sociopolitical Complexity in Neopalatial Crete (Prehistoric Monographs 25) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: INSTAP Academic Press.
- Christakis, K. S. 2008. Cretan Entrepreneurship. History and Trade in Crete from Prehistory to the beginning of the 20th century, Heraklion: Chamber of Heraklion.
- Christakis, K. S. 2005. Cretan Bronze Age Pithoi: Traditions and Trends in the Production and Consumption of Storage Containers in Bronze Age Crete (Prehistoric Monographs 18) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: INSTAP Academic Press.
- Christakis, K. S. 2016. “From potter’s marks to the potter who marks” in M. Mina, S. Triandaphyllou and Y. Papadatos (eds), An Archaeology of Prehistoric bodies and Embodied Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford, 136-44. (not yet published).
- Christakis, K. S. 2014. “Communal storage in Bronze Age Crete: re-assessing testimonies” Cretan Chronicles, 201-218.
- Christakis, K. S. 2013. “The Syme sanctuary in the transition from the Protopalatial to the early Νeoapalatial period: the evidence of the pottery” in C. Macdonald and C. Knappett (eds), Intermezzo: Intermediacy and Regeneration in Middle Minoan III Crete Villa Ariadne, Knossos, 3-5 July 2008 (British School at Athens Studies 21), London, 169-177.
- Christakis, K. S. 2012. “Petras, Siteia: political, economic and ideological trajectories of a polity” in M. Tsipopoulou (ed.), Petras, Siteia. 25 Years of Excavations and Studies (Monοgraphs of the Danish Institute at Athens 16), Athens, 205-215.
- Christakis, K. S. 2011. “The implications of archaeological deposit formation processes in the study of the domestic sector of Late Minoan IB society” in K. Glowacki and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds), The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era (Hesperia Supplementary Volume 44), Athens, 213-217.
- Christakis, K. S. 2011. “Redistribution and political economies in Bronze Age Crete” in FORUM Redistribution in Aegean Palatial Societies AJA 115, 197-205.
- Christakis, K. S. 2010. “Wine offering to the Central Palace Sanctuary at Knossos: the evidence from KN Zb 27” in O. Krzyszkowska (ed.), Cretan Offerings: Essays in Honour of P. M. Warren (British School at Athens Studies 18), London, 49-55.
- Rethemiotakis, G. and K. Christakis. 2013. “The Middle Minoan III period at Galatas: pottery deposits and historical implications” in C. Macdonald and C. Knappett (eds), Intermezzo: Intermediacy and Regeneration in Middle Minoan III Crete Villa Ariadne, Knossos, 3-5 July 2008 (British School at Athens Studies 21), London, 93-105.
- Christakis, K. S. and G. Rethemiotakis. 2011. “Identifying household activities: the case of House 2 at Galatas Pediada, Crete” in K. Glowacki and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds), The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era (Hesperia Supplementary Volume 44), 177-184.
- Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “The Palace and the town at Galatas, Pediada: axes and communication tactics” Proceedings of the 10th International Cretological Congress, Α2, 233-249.
- Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “LM I Pottery Groups from the Palace and the Town of Galatas, Pediada” in T. Brogan and E. Hallager (eds), LM IB Pottery: Examining new evidence for relative chronology and regional differences (Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens 11), Athens, 205-227.
- Rethemiotakis, G. and K. S. Christakis. 2011. “Power strategies and cultural idiosyncrasies: an assessment of the current evidence from the Protopalatial settlement at Galatas, Pediada” SMEA 53, 195-218.