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Scholars 2008 - 2009

Erin Bounds, Ancient Studies

"Priniatilos Pyrgos: Understanding the Effects of Industrial Activities and Regional Resources on Coastal Settlements in Eastern Crete"
Faculty Mentor: Michael Lane
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2009
Contact: ebounds1@umbc.edu

The transition from the end of the palace civilizations in the LBA in Greece to what was formerly known as the “Dark Age” is finally receiving scholarly study and, in fact, the term “Dark Ages” is no longer used by specialists. An analysis of ceramics, which are by far the most ubiquitous type of artifact in the Aegean, can help to establish a chronology of this period. Through participation at the Mitrou Archaeological Project in Tragana, Greece, I will learn to analyze the pottery found via surface survey and archaeological excavation. The establishment of a chronology is essential for understanding the role of Mitrou, which is in an area that is not well known. It will also help to clarify the settlement patterns in this region, as well as connections among different regional centers.