I am currently a postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the British School at Athens, researching the Linear B writing system from Late Bronze Age Greece (c.1400-1200 BCE). I focus particularly on reconstructing the history of the writing system and the activities of its writers within the Mycenaean palatial administrations.
016. Oliver Dietrich, Kinderspielzeug oder Kultobjekte? Überlegungen zu anthropomorphen Figurinen der Wietenberg- und Tei-Kultur. In: Sándor Berecki, Rita E. Németh, Botond Rezi (Hrsg.), Bronze Age Rites and Rituals in the Carpathian Basin. Proceedings of the International Colloquium from Târgu Mureş 8.-10.10.2010. Târgu Mureş: Editura Mega (2010), 87-106.
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I am a Berlin-based prehistoric archaeologist involved in research projects between the Carpathian Basin and the Near East, with a focus on the Neolithic and Bronze Age. My research interests include the archaeology of religion and cult, metallurgy, agents of craft in prehistory, and distribution modes of prehistoric innovations.
Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.
Jacob Lauinger is an Assyriologist who focuses on Akkadian cuneiform texts of the first and second millennium B.C with an interest in peripheral (i.e. extra-Mesopotamian) dialects of Akkadian. His research focuses on the social, legal, and economic history of the ancient Near East and, in particular, on approaching cuneiform tablets from both philological and archaeological perspectives in order to better define the social contexts in which they were written, used, and stored. In this regard, he is fortunate to serve as the epigrapher for three archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalah) Excavations, the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project, and the Sirwan Regional Project’s Khani Masi Excavations. His first book (Following the Man of Yamhad, Brill 2015) explored questions of land tenure and political territoriality at Middle Bronze Age Alalah, while his curreent book project focuses on the Satue of Idrimi from Late Bronze Age Alalah.
In progress are papers about trade in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, early iron metallurgy, and colonization in the study of the Early Iron Age Aegean.
Sarah C. Murray is currently an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto. She received a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College in 2004 and a PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2013. Her research interests include the development of Greek economic, cultural and ritual institutions between the end of the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age (ca. 1300–700 BCE), archaeological survey methods, and the use of quantitative evidence in archaeological research. She has conducted fieldwork at many sites throughout Greece, including the Bronze Age harbor site of Korfos-Kalamianos, the Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery of Ayia Sotira, the transitional Bronze to Iron Age site on the islet of Mitrou, the Mesolithic site of Damnoni and cave art at Asphendou in southwestern Crete, and the agricultural landscape of the Mazi Plain. She is currently the co-director of the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey Project situated around the bay of Porto Rafti in eastern Attica (Greece). Her peer-reviewed publications include articles on women’s roles in ceramic production in the Early Iron Age Aegean and the LH IIIC cemetery of Perati in eastern Attica (in the American Journal of Archaeology, 2018, 2020) and the historiography of the Greek Dark Ages (in the journal Hesperia, 2018), and a monograph, The Collapse of the Mycenaean Economy: Trade, Imports, and Institutions, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She was born and raised in Marietta, Ohio, and was inducted into the Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
I am archaeological conservator specializing in the conservation of inorganic materials, mainly metals and glass. My research interests are in the deterioration of archaeological materials and technical studies of archaeological objects. I am currently completing a PhD focusing on the technology and trade of Late Bronze Age glass in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean with a focus on material from sites on the periphery or outside palatial Mycenaean Greece. I also work as a conservator on several archaeological excavations and am currently working on projects in Greece and Peru.
2018 “The Archaeology of Late Bronze Age Interaction and Mobility at the Gates of Europe: People, Things and Networks around the Southern Adriatic Sea”, Bloomsbury Academic Press, London; New York.
2019 forthcoming (with H. Dawson) “Bridging social and geographical space through networks”, Topoi Excellence Cluster, Freie Universität, Berlin.
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I joined the Department of History, Culture and Civilization of the University of Bologna after winning the “Montalcini” program against the so-called “brain-drain” and after a long period of research at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge (first with a fellowship from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and then with a Marie Slodowska Curie IF). Previously, I had earned a Ph.D. at the Institute of Archeology, University College London, funded by the AHRC and the British School at Athens. My research interests range from prehistory and archeology of the Mediterranean (with particular attention to the Bronze Age), to social theory (in particular Marxist archeology) to the use of applications based on graph-theory, to cultural heritage studies (with specific attention to the so-called “difficult heritage”), and, finally, the history of the archaeological thought.
My academic background is in Classical Archaeology, with a special interest in the Eastern Mediterranean. My research has focused on aspects such as (ruler) iconography, interactions between various cultures and regions, long-distance trade and exchange, and the integration of textual and archaeological evidence . My PhD focused on the composition of the Mycenaean state, comparing Greece with known political entities in the Late Bronze Age Orient. I have worked for a number of fieldwork projects (in Egypt, Syria, Greece and Romania), served as a consultant for various exhibitions, and I am the author of a number of articles and monographs on the ancient world.
Between 1980 -2000 I worked as a professional artist in theatre design, working in multimedia and widely varied projects, inclusive of artist in residencies, workshops, construction and design for Australian film, TV, and theatre. In 2004 I enrolled in Arabic and Archaeology at the university of Melbourne, going on to do a BA inclusive of both. Since that time I have added an MA in LBA eastern Mediterranean archaeology and PhD in New Kingdom Egyptology to my repertoire. My focus is on visual semantic and critique of art historical models for Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean iconography, particularly hybrid forms of same and iconographic exchange.
I’m an archaeologist and classicist in the Department of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder who studies the material and textual production of early Greek communities, especially of the Mycenaean societies of Late Bronze Age Greece (ca. 1600-1100 BC). I’m co-director (with Sarah James and Scott Gallimore) of the Western Argolid Regional Project, a diachronic archaeological survey in southern Greece, and co-director (with Kevin Pluta) of the Pylos Tablets Digital Project, which involves the digital documentation of all the administrative documents from the “Palace of Nestor” at Pylos.