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Upper School Students Discuss Archaeology with Dr. Michael Galaty from the University of Michigan

Mr. Murray’s Ancient Greek 2 and 3 students had the opportunity to speak with Archaeologist Dr. Michael Galaty about his career and studies via Zoom. Dr. Galaty is a Professor of Anthropology and Director and Curator of the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Galaty, who directs field studies in Greece and Albania, discussed his career path with students and elaborated on his Ph.D. work in Greece studying the Mycenaeans during the Bronze Age. He highlighted the importance of Homeric texts in his research on Mycenaean settlements.

Dr. Galaty’s research was especially applicable to Mr. Murray’s class. All year, students have been reading selections from the Iliad by Homer and translating certain books. Throughout their course study, students have discussed the accuracy of Homer’s work and pondered what archaeologists use the Iliad and the Odyssey as more than just an inspiration. Dr. Galaty assured Mr. Murray’s class that Homer is indeed an essential piece of the puzzle to understanding Mycenaean culture, and that the material culture of the past lives on in the culture of today. 

Thank you, Dr. Galaty, for an informative visit!

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