Aleydis van der Moortel, the Lindsay Young Associate Professor of Classics, has received a prestigious fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for ten months, from September 2013 to June 2014.
She will conduct research for the Mitrou Archaeological Project, a large interdisciplinary Greek-American field project in Greece that she has co-directed since 2004. The project carried out excavations, geophysical surveys, and surface surveys at the site of Mitrou from 2004 to 2008. Her research will deal with the stratigraphy, find contexts, architecture, and settlement organization of the Middle to Late Bronze Age levels and Early Iron Age levels of the site.
Her main research focus is the rise and disintegration of the first state-level society ever founded on the European continent, that of the Mycenaean palatial civilization of Late Bronze Age Greece. The 2004-2008 excavation and surveys at Mitrou have uncovered important new evidence for these issues.