Kate Caraway

Postgraduate Research Student


Academic Profile


Kate was awarded a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Liverpool. Subsequently, she was awarded an MA with distinction in Ancient History.

Kate has participated in the archaeological fieldwork project ‘the Olynthos Project’, in excavating in northern Greece for a number of years. Beyond the academic world, she also has over 5 years professional experience working in the charity and heritage sectors.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Tyranny and Social Organisation in Archaic Athens"

Kate's thesis explores the social context of the Peisistratid tyranny in sixth century B.C. Athens. Studies of the period have typically focused on the Athenian tyrants as agents of change, which tends to stress a political point of view, often equating the tyrants with absolute state authority – something that is far from certain. This overshadows the role of social processes.

Using the tyrants as a springboard for exploring the sixth century, Kate's research applies a social anthropological perspective and reframes the archaeological and written evidence against its spatial context. Drawing together the different activities for which we have evidence, Kate is investigating the built environment and connectivity of the Attic peninsular, critically exploring the role of the Peisistratidai in this.

Research Funding

Funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).