About

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto. I received a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College in 2004 and a PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2013. My 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.

I have 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. I am currently the co-director of the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey Project situated around the bay of Porto Rafti in eastern Attica (Greece).

My 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. I was born and raised in Marietta, Ohio, and was inducted into the Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

Education

PhD in Classics, Stanford University, 2013.

BA in Classical Archaeology, Dartmouth College, 2004

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Research:

    In progress, or in press, is work on trade in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, early iron metallurgy in the Aegean, violence and inequality, the study of the ancient economy, and Eleusis in its Saronic context during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages.

    Fieldwork:

    http://bearsarchaeologicalproject.org

    Photos:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarah_c_murray/

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    A conference co-organized with colleagues at the University of Toronto Archaeology Centre entitled “Captivating Technology” will take place April 7–8, 2022.

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