The Canadian Institute in Greece wishes a warm welcome to its new director, Professor Brendan Burke, who took over on July 1. Brendan received a BA in Classics and Art History from the University of Florida, and an MA and PhD in Archaeology from UCLA. He is currently Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, where he has been since 2003. He also represents the University on the Institute’s Board of Directors as well as serving as Chair of the Institute’s Permits and Vision Committees.

Dr. Burke has carried out archaeological fieldwork in the USA, Ireland, Turkey and Greece, and currently co-directs the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project focused on the excavation of ancient Eleon in the village of Arma. This work is a synergasia between the CIG and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia.

Brendan's research interests cover all aspects of Greek art and archaeology, Aegean Prehistory and Anatolian archaeology. Dr. Burke has published numerous articles related to death and iconography, the economics of cloth production, as well as a monograph entitled, “From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia” (2010).

In closing, I would also like to express the Institute's gratitude to Brendan's predecessor, Professor David Rupp, for his many years of service to the CIG. He and I worked together for thirteen years and I learned a great deal in the process. Thank you David, from all of us at the CIG!

Jonathan Tomlinson
Assistant Director