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Michael L Galaty

Professor and Head, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures

E-mail address: mgalaty@anthro.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.amec.msstate.edu/faculty/bio.php?id=802


Michael L. Galaty received a B.A. with honors in anthropology from Grinnell College in 1991 and M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1994 and 1998 respectively. He is Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University. Before coming to MSU, he spent 13 years at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where for several years he served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His areas of interest include the archaeology of complex societies and state formation, as well as regional archaeological survey and the scientific analysis of artifacts. He has conducted archaeological research in Albania, Greece, and Hungary, and in the states of Virginia and Mississippi. From 1998-2003, he served as field director for the Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP) in central Albania. During the same period, he co-directed the Loudoun Valley Historical Archaeology Project in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which included an annual undergraduate historical-archaeological field school. From 2004-2008 he co-directed the Shala Valley Project (SVP), which was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The results of the SVP were recently published in Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania. Currently he co-directs (with Lorenc Bejko of the University of Tirana) the Projekti Arkeologjikë i Shkodrës (PASH), a program of survey and excavation focused on the region of Shkodër in northern Albania, and (with American and Greek colleagues) The Diros Project, which is focused on the Neolithic site of Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece. PASH is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and Diros from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. While at Millsaps he also co-directed the W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology, which was funded by major grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Galaty has published several books and edited volumes, including Nestor’s Wine Cups, Archaeology Under Dictatorship (with Charles Watkinson), Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces I and II (both with William Parkinson), and Archaic State Interaction (also with William Parkinson), which presents papers written for a 2007 School for Advanced Research (SAR) Advanced Seminar. He has published 58 articles, chapters, and book reviews and presented 100s of conference presentations. He is the 2003 winner of the Millsaps College Outstanding Young Faculty Award, the 2008 winner of the Millsaps College Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2010 winner of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. In 2011 he was named one of nine academic trustees for the Archaeological Institute of America.

See also https://msstate.academia.edu/MichaelGalaty

Results of Research "Between the Hills" by the Loudoun Valley Historical Archaeology and Ecology Project (LVHAEP), 2000-2008. Final Report to the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

Galaty, Michael L
2014
Collaborators: Wayne E. Lee, Jonathan A. Haws and Timothy A. Parsons

The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES) is located on circa 1000 acres in northwestern Virginia's "Between the Hills" region. It will soon become Virginia's newest state park. In announcing the park's creation, former Virginia Govenor Bob McDonnell noted the land's "Historic significance" (January 10, 2014). This report underscores that significance, based on seven years (2000-2005 and 2008) of historical-archaeological research, conducted by members of the Loudoun Valley Historical Archaeology and Ecology Project (LVHAEP). Our research was meant to help locate and protect the Center's cultural-historical resources, but also contributed to at least one of the Center's over-arching goals: to understand better the human ecology fo the Blue Ridge mountains, the Between the Hills in particular. In order to meet this goal, we sought to chart through time the human impacts on the region's landscape and ecosystem. During which periods did Native Americans live in the area, what were their life ways, and how did they affect the land and environment? When did the first European settlers arrive, what were their life ways, and how did they affect the land and environment? How have settlement and economy Between the Hills and in the Loudoun Valley generally changed over the last two centuries? -- Introduction



Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania

Galaty, Michael L
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, UCLA
2013
ISBN: 1931745714
Collaborators: Ols Lafe, Wayne Lee, and Zamir Tafilica
Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 28

Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them. The Shala Valley Project presents the highlanders, the malësorë, in the full complexity of their lives, while also unveiling a new, deeper history for the region--a history that reaches back to an unexpected fortified Iron Age site.

Light and Shadow tells many stories. Archaeologists, historians, and students of tribes, of empires, of imperial-indigenous relations, of blood feud, of kinship, of the built landscape, of world-systems theory and sustainability science, and more, will find much here to digest. The people of Shala, to which Light and Shadow is dedicated, may serve as an example in our modern age, one in which persistent, tribal peoples still fight for their survival, and seek to preserve some degree of independence from capitalist economies bent on their incorporation.




Galaty, Michael L., Helena Tomas, and William A. Parkinson. "Chapter 9: Bronze Age European Elites: From the Aegean to the Adriatic and Back Again." The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean. Ed. A. Bernard Knapp and Peter van Dommelen. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 157-177.
Galaty, Michael Leslie. "Potted at the Palace: A Reanalysis of Late Helladic III Pottery from the Palace of Nestor." Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry . INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory), 2014.
Galaty, Michael L. "Chapter 3: Potted at the Palace: A Reanalysis of Late Hilladic III Pottery from the Palace of Nestor by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry." KE-RA-ME-JA: Studies Presented to Cynthia W. Shelmerdine: Prehistory Monographs 46. Ed. Dimitri Nakassis, Joann Gulizio, and Sarah A. James. Philadelphia, PA: INSTAP Academic Press, 2014. 33-40.
Galaty, Michael L., George J. Bey III, and Timothy J. Ward. "Chapter 2: Cross-Cultural Ceramic Analysis: Albania and Yucatan in the Keck Lab at Millsaps College." Social Dynamics of Ceramic Analysis: New Techniques and Interpretations: Papers in Honour of Charles C. Kolb. Ed. Sandra L. Lopez Varela. Oxford, England: Archaeopress, 2014. 13-21.
Galaty, Michael L. and O Lafe. "Chapter 10: Shala Valley: Grunas." Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Albania. Ed. I. Gjipali, L. Perzhita and B. Muka. Tirana: Center for Albanian Studies, Institute of Archaeology, 2013. 64-67.

Galaty, Michael Leslie, Boka Gergely, Gyucha Attila, Olah Istvan, Kasztovszky Zsolt, Kotorman Norbet, and Medgyesi Pal. "In the Shadow of Suspicion: Preliminary Results of Investigations on a Carved Rock Stele from South Bekes County." Hungarian Prehistoric Conference, October 16-18, 2013. 2013.
Galaty, Michael L., S. Deskah, L. Bejko, S. Galicki, J. Harris, and Z. Tafilica. "The 2013 Field Season of the Projekti Arkeologjike i Shkodres (PASH), Northern Albania." 115th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, IL, January 2-5, 2014.
Galaty, Michael L. "High Altitude Archaeology: Results of the Shala Valley Project, Northern Albania." Tombigbee Chapter of the Mississippi Archaeological Association, Plymouth Bluff Center, Columbus, MS, October 13, 2013.
Galaty, Michael L. "Reciprocity, Redistribution, and Markets: The Evolution and Organization of Mycenaean Greek Economies." Judy and Bobby Shakouls Honors College Classical Week, September 23-27, 2013.
Pullen, Daniel, William Parkinson, Anastasia Papathanasiou, Panagiotis Karkanas, and Michael Galaty. "Alepotrypa Cave and Its Regional Context in the Late and Final Neolithic Aegean." 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX, April 23-27, 2014. 612.
Galaty, Michael L., George Bey, and Timothy J. Ward. "Cross-Cultural Ceramic Ecology: Albania and Yucatan in the Keck Lab at Millsaps College." 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago,IL, November 20-24, 2013.
Galaty, Michael L. "[Discussant] Comparative Approaches to Mycenaen Cooking Vessels." 115th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, IL, January 2-5, 2014.
Galaty, Michael L., D. Nakassis and W. Parkinson. "[Organizer and Chair of the Colloquium] Reciprocity in Aegean Palatial Societies: Gifts, Debt, and the Foundations of Economic Exchange." 115th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, IL, January 2-5, 2014.
Galaty, Michael L., Lorenc Bejko, James Harris, Stanley Galicki, and Sylvia Deskaj. "The 2013 Field Season of the Projekti Arkeologjike i Shkodres (PASH), Northern Albania." 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX, April 23-27, 2014. 254.
Galaty, Michael L. "What Ethnoarchaeology Can and Cannot Teach Us About the Prehistoric Mediterranean: Lessons Learned From Ten Years of Research in High Albania." Seminar Presentation for the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, March 7, 2014.
Galaty, Michael L., Eric Rupley, and Jerry Sabloff. "[Working Group Participation] Similarity and Divergence in Post-Neolithic Europe: Mediterranean and Carpathian Comparisons." Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, October 14-16, 2013.