My interdisciplinary background is a result of studying and working at a number of departments in the USA and UK. I hold a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of California, San Diego, an MPhil in Archaeological Science from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Archaeology from University College London.
After completing my studies, I held a Post-Doctoral position on the Leverhulme Trust Greek Colonization Project in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. I then held a two-year University Lectureship in Classical Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Last year, I held the Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Buffalo, SUNY.
My research interests focus on social developments of the early Iron Age Mediterranean by investigating the material remains of social practices, particularly in contexts of cultural interaction amongst the Greeks, Etruscans, Phoenicians, and Romans.
Research areas include:
Material Culture in Context
Landscape and Seascape Theory
I have teaching experience in several areas, including: anthropological and archaeological theory; archaeological method and practice; ancient history; ancient religions; art history; classical archaeology; gender studies; heritage and management; landscape studies.
Previous Academic Appointments
August 2010 to June 2011
IEMA Post-Doctoral Scholar
Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Organizer of the Fourth IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference 2011—Worlds of Sacrifice: Exploring the Past and Present of Gifts for the Gods
January to June 2010
Visiting Research Scholar
Department of Art History, University of Virginia.
September 2007 to July 2009
University Lecturer in Classical Archaeology
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Wales, Lampeter.
September 2005 to June 2007
Director of Studies in Classics, Bye-Fellow
Downing College, University of Cambridge.
January 2005 to August 2007
Research Associate, Leverhulme Trust Greek Colonization and European Development Project,
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge.
Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Thesis: An Investigation into the Nature and Representation of Authority for the Etruscans during the Orientalizing and Archaic Periods
Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Emphases on Soil Science and Geographic Information Systems
University of California, San Diego
Major in Anthropology and Archaeology
Double Minor in History and Visual Arts
Current Field Work
Co-Director of Scavi di Pantelleria. The excavation of a Hellenistic structure on the island of Pantelleria.
Murray, C. (ed.) (In Progress) Worlds of Sacrifice: Exploring the past and present of gifts for the gods. IEMA Visiting Scholar Series. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Murray, C. (In Progress) “Sacrifice: A sacred and secular social practice” in Worlds of Sacrifice: Exploring the past and present of gifts for the gods. IEMA Visiting Scholar Series, ed: C. Murray. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Lucas, J., C. Murray and S. Owen (In Progress) Landscape and Greek Colonization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lucas, J., C. Murray and S. Owen (eds.) (In Progress) Greek Colonization in Local Context, The Proceedings of the Symposium on Greek Colonization. Museum of Classical Archaeology Monograph Series, University of Cambridge, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Murray, C. (In Progress) “Life and Death at Greek Colonies: Cultural Interaction in the Central Mediterranean” in Greek Colonization in Local Context, The Proceedings of the Symposium on Greek Colonization. Museum of Classical Archaeology Monograph Series, University of Cambridge, eds: J. Lucas, C. Murray, S. Owen. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Murray, C. 2011 “Constructions of Authority through Ritual: Considering Transformations in Ritual Space as reflecting Society in Iron Age Etruria” in the Proceedings of the State Formation in the Mediterranean Conference, eds: N. Terrenato and D. Haggis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Oxford: Oxbow.
Roth, R., C. Murray 2010 “Excavations on the Acropolis of Capena (La Civitucola (Roma))— short progress report for the 2009 season”, Papers of the British School at Rome vol 78.
Roth, R., C. Roth-Murray 2009 “Excavations on the Acropolis of Capena (La Civitucola (Roma))—preliminary report for the 2008 season”, Papers of the British School at Rome vol 77, 327-328.
Roth-Murray, C. 2007 “Elite Interaction in Archaic Etruria: Exploring the exchange networks of terracotta figured frieze plaques”, Journal of Mediterranean Studies vol 17, no 1: 135-160.
Roth- Murray, C. 2005 “A Disclosure of Power: Elite Etruscan Iconography During the 8th-6th Centuries” in P. Attema, A. Nijboer, A. Zifferero (eds.) Papers in Italian Archaeology VI, Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Italian Archaeology, University of Groningen, April 15-17 2003, British Archaeological Reports International Series 1452 (I), 186-195.
Murray, C. 2002 “Temples and Shrines: Defining Sacred Space Archaeologically in Etruria” in SOMA 2001. Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology: Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Meeting of Postgraduate Researchers. BAR 64-71.
Roth-Murray, C. 2009 Entries on “The Etruscans” and “Demaratus of Corinth” for the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History.
Roth- Murray, C., R. Roth 2009 Entry on “Sites in Europe outside Greece and Italy from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period” for Oxford University Press Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Roth-Murray, C. 2008 Journal of Libyan Studies vol 39. T. Hodos 2006 Local Responses to Colonization in the Iron Age Mediterranean. London: Routledge.
Roth-Murray, C. 2007 Classical Review vol 58.1, 266-268. G. Gorini, A. Mastrocinque (eds.) 2005 Stipi votive delle Venezie. Altichiero, Monte Altare, Musile, Garda, Riva. (Corpus delle Stipi Votive in Italia 19) Rome: Bretschneider; and R. Panvini, L. Sole 2005 L'acropoli di gela. Stipi, depositi o scarichi (Corpus delle Stipi Votive in Italia 18) Rome: Bretschneider.
Roth-Murray, C. 2006 Journal of Roman Studies vol XCVI, 282-284. M. Cascianelli 2003 La tomba Giulimondi di Cerveteri. Cataloghi- Musei Vaticani, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco) 8. Vaticano: Musei Vaticani; and G. Paolucci. 2005 Documenti e memorie sulle antichità e il museo di Chiusi. Biblioteca di studi etruschi/ Istituto nazionale di studi etruschi ed italici 39. Pisa: Istituti editoriali e poligrafic internazionali.
Roth-Murray, C. 2005 Journal of Roman Studies vol XCV, 311-312. M. Schwarz 2002 Tumulat Italia Tellus: Gestaltung, Chronologie und Bedeutung der römischen Rundgräber in Italien (Internationale Archäologie 72).
Roth-Murray, C. 2004 Journal of Roman Studies vol XCIV, 226-227. A. Comella 2001 Il Santuario di Punta della Vipera. Santa Marinella Comune di Civitavecchia. I. I materiali votive. Corpus delle stipi votive in Italia XIII, Regio VII, 6 (Archeologica 131) Rome: Bretschneider; and G.V. Gentili 2003 Verucchio Villanoviana. Il Sepolcreto in Località le Pegge e la Necropoli al Piede della Rocca Malatestiana, Monumenti Antichi, Rome: Bretschneider.