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Castle preps virtual archaeology program

Sarah Murray, a native of Marietta, will present “The Archaeology of State Failure: Life on a Greek Refuge Islet in Troubled Times of the Ancient Past” from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 27 in a virtual program sponsored by The Castle. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — A Marietta native will present a program on archaeology from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 27 in a virtual presentation sponsored by The Castle.

Sarah Murray will present “The Archaeology of State Failure: Life on a Greek Refuge Islet in Troubled Times of the Ancient Past.”

Murray is an assistant professor of classics at the University of Toronto. She received a bachelor’s 2004 in classical archaeology from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in 2013 in classics from Stanford University.

The presentation is a part of The Castle’s virtual Pop-Up programs.

Murray will be available after her presentation to answer questions.

Registration is required and the presentation will be conducted on Zoom Meeting. To register go to mariettacastle.org/events/, click on Virtual Pop-Up Talk: The Archaeology of State Failure: Life on a Greek Refuge Islet in Troubled Times of the Ancient Past and scroll down to the Register Here Button.

“We are excited and pleased that Sarah will be sharing her incredible experiences studying Greek economic and religious 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,” said Kyle Yoho, education director at The Castle.

Murray’s research interests include the development of Greek economic and religious institutions between the end of the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age (ca. 1300-700 BC), archaeological survey methods and the use of quantitative evidence in archaeological research.

She has conducted fieldwork at Pompeii in Italy and 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 the co-director of the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey Project situated around the bay of Porto Rafti in eastern Attica. Her recent publications include articles on the LH IIIC cemetery of Perati in eastern Attica in the “American Journal of Archaeology, 2018” 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 and was inducted into the Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

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