Dr. Michael Galaty

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Department Head and Professor


(662) 325-2013


P.O. Box AR Mississippi State MS 39762


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.

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