Assistant Professor, Classics & Religious Studies
Sarah Murray is a Classical Archaeologist specializing in Early Greece. Her primary research focus is the collapse of Mycenaean and Minoan Civilization at the end of the Late Bronze Age, the ensuing aftermath of the Greek Early Iron Age, and how that aftermath eventually transformed into historical Greek society. Her current project, entitled "Digital Dark Ages", seeks to shed new light on the precise cadence of this episode of a prototypical collapse and regeneration of complex society using a "big data" approach to the sum total of the relevant material evidence. This digital project is designed to dovetail with the publication of Sarah's dissertation, on change in the Greek economy between 1300 and 900 BCE, which she completed at Stanford University in 2013. Other areas of interest and publication include the integration of GIS in archaeological field project data management systems, Greek athletics, the intersection of religion and ancient society, British travel in 18th century Sicily, and post-Soviet Georgia.