Kilian Mallon

Kilian Mallon
H&S Dean's Fellow

I hold a B.A. in Archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilization and an M.A. in Classics from University College Dublin. I spent three summers at the Priniatikos Pyrgos excavation near Istron, Crete from 2008-10. After writing a senior thesis on Pausanias, my M.A. thesis examined the economy of Roman East Crete in terms of production, consumption, and the island's social, political, and physical infrastructure. I subsequently moved to Seville, Spain for two years to teach English full-time before completing a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at UCLA. After coming to Stanford in 2013 I participated in the Burgaz underwater harbor excavation in south-west Turkey as a post-excavation manager and pottery specialist, and later excavated at the Roman Republican military camp at Renieblas, Spain. I am now in my fifth year at the Stanford Dept. of Classics and Archaeology Center.

I currently excavate at the imperial-era Roman city at Los Bañales, Spain, run by the University of Navarra. 

I am a social archaeologist and historian focused on religion in the Roman and Late Antique worlds. My research examines forms of individual and community agency in socio-economic, cultural, landscape, and ecological change.

My doctoral dissertation examines Late Antique (250-750 CE) religious architectural production and built environments (approximately one hundred ecclesistical sites and excavations) alongside religious narratives (early canon law and hagiography) to question how the multi-phased conversion of the Mediterranean peoples to Christianity and the growth of the church as an insitution reshaped, and was shaped by, local and regional communities. I argue that, through a dialectic of localism and centralism, Christianity produced distinct local economic identities that are visible in divergent economic structures (wealth values, labor practices, and human and material mobility, and local ecologies). This work is centered in the western Mediterranean on the Po, Ebro, and Rhône Valleys, including the cities and hinterland around Ravenna, Aquileia, Milan, Barcelona, Tarragona, Arles and Lyon and long-distance connections to Constantinople. The work draws extensively from my interests in spatial analysis, social and economic archaeology, legal sociology, as well as theory from both Classical studies and Anthropology. 

​I am a graduate student researcher in digital humanities at Stanford CESTA and I am currently developing projects on innovative approaches to digital mapping of the diversity of religion in antiquity. I have also been exploring new theoretical approaches to the intersection of literary texts and archaeology to achieve new common ground between the disciplines. 

I intend to continue examining long-term changes in economic structures, local and individual agency in face of (forced, voluntary, or imperial) socio-cultural change, mobility, poverty, and slavery in Late Antiquity and beyond, which go hand in hand with questions of religious ideology, regional identities, language change, and ethnogenesis. I am also interested in the role of heritage on the internet, the narratology of archaeology, the role of Classical studies as a part of the ecological humanities, and in innovative approaches to public outreach and pedagogy. I have a soft spot for Ovid's Fasti and Seneca's tragedies.