Professor Emeritus James C. Wright Reflects on a Book 20 Years in the Making

January 20, 2021

James C. Wright (MA ’72, Ph.D ’78), William R. Kenan Jr. Chair and Professor Emeritus of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, has coauthored, along with research associate Mary K. Dabney '76, The Mycenaean Settlement on Tsoungiza Hill (Nemea Valley Archaeological Project III).

The book draws on work done as part of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, a previous fieldwork site for the department. 

In an interview on the American School of Classical Studies website, the authors reminisce about their time spent working on the project:

"They explain that their strongest memories 'are those that we share with the many students and many villagers we worked with—discoveries in the trenches and museum, meals we shared together at the dig house and in the homes of villagers, and the intellectual development of our students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers of their own.'”

Wright, Dabney, R. Angus Smith (Ph.D. ’02) and their research colleagues were also recently honored by the Archaeological Institute of America with the Anna Marguerite McCann Award For Fieldwork Reports for Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece.

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology trains undergraduates and graduate students in the archaeology of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern worlds. The program is interdisciplinary and encourages students to take advantage of related offerings in Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Geology, History, History of Art, and the Program in the Growth and Structure of Cities.

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