Classical & Archaeological Studies


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Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas

Lecturer in Archaeology


Office: Cornwallis West CG36

Office: Thursday 14.00-16.00


Efrosyni is a Classical Archaeologist with research interests in Greek religion, ritual experience, monumental architecture, mythology and astronomy (archaeoastronomy). She undertook her studies at the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester before joining the University of Kent. Her research focuses on the expression of ancient Greek perceptions of the cosmos in myths, religious performance and architecture, and the temporal and spatial organization of festivals.

Her recently completed project (partially funded by the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British School at Athens) investigates the shaping of memories, ritual experience and cosmological beliefs in ancient Greece. A second recent project, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, focused on the survey of Greek religious spaces in Sicily, Asia Minor and Cyprus. It investigated the choice of landscapes and temple placement in the context of multicultural religious interactions.

Efrosyni served as a Vice-President of the Société Européenne pour l’ Astronomie dans la Culture (SEAC) between 2011–2014. She is currently a Council Member of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in culture (ISAAC) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Astronomy in Culture. Her research has been featured on TV, radio and the press throughout Europe and North America. 

Efrosyni is co-director of the University's Interdisciplinary Centre in Spatial Studies (KISS)​​ 

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Boutsikas, E. and Hannah, R. (2012). Aitia, Astronomy and the Timing of the Arrh?phoria. Annual of the British School at Athens [Online] 107:233-245. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. and Ruggles, C. (2011). Temples, Stars, and Ritual Landscapes: The Potential for Archaeoastronomy in Ancient Greece. American Journal of Archaeology [Online] 115:55-68. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2011). Astronomical Evidence for the Timing of the Panathenaia. American Journal of Archaeology [Online] 115:303-309. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2009). Placing Greek Temples: An Archaeoastronomical Study of the Orientation of Ancient Greek Religious Structures. Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture 21:4-19.
Barker, G. et al. (2009). The Cultured Rainforest Project: The Second (2008) Field Season. Sarawak Museum Journal 66:119-184.
Boutsikas, E. and Salt, A. (2005). Knowing when to Consult the Oracle at Delphi. Antiquity 79:564-572.
Book section
Boutsikas, E. (2017). The Role of Darkness in Ancient Greek Religion and Religious Practice. in: Papadopoulos, C. and Moyes, H. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2015). Landscape and the Cosmos in the Apolline Rites of Delphi, Delos and Dreros. in: Käppel, L. and Pothou, V. eds. Human Development in Sacred Landscapes. Between Ritual Tradition, Creativity and Emotionality. Goettingen: V&R Unipress, pp. 77-102. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2014). Greek Temples and Rituals. in: Ruggles, C. L. N. ed. Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. New York: Springer, pp. 1573-1581. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2007). The Cult of Artemis Orthia In Greece: A Case of Astronomical Observations? in: Zedda, M. P. and Belmonte, J. A. eds. Lights and Shadows in Cultural Astronomy. Proceedings of the SEAC 2005, Isili, Sardinia, 28 June to 3 July. Isili, Sardinia: Associazione Archeofila Sarda, pp. 197-205.
Boutsikas, E. (2007). The Orientation of Greek Temples: A Statistical Analysis. in: Pasztor, E. ed. Archaeoastronomy in Archaeology and Ethnography. Papers from the Annual Meeting of SEAC (European Society for Astronomy in Culture) held in Kecskemet in Hungary in 2004. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 19-24.
Boutsikas, E. (2019). Astronomy and Religious Experience in Ancient Greece: Stargazing in Hellenic Antiquity. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Total publications in KAR: 12 [See all in KAR]
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Efrosyni Boutsikas teaches modules on ancient Greek religion and science.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 08/02/2019