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Halford Haskell Haskell
Professor of Classics


BA, Haverford College '72
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill '74
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill '81

Areas of expertise:
Latin and Greek language and literature; Greek Bronze Age economy

Courses taught Spring 2009:
Greek II, Greek IV
Latin II, Latin IV
Paideia (junior), Paideia (senior)


Dr. Haskell's research area is in Greek Bronze Age economy (ca. 1500-1200 B.C., the time of the legendary Trojan War). Through the examination of material remains (pottery, architecture, etc.) one reconstructs production areas and trade routes. These may be correlated with power centers such as Minoan Knossos, with its labyrinthine palace, and Mycenae, home of Agamemnon.

Dr. Haskell is director of a long-term, interdisciplinary pottery analysis project. His principle colleagues are Dr. R. Jones, an archaeological chemist at Glasgow University (chemical analyses of clay fabric and contents), Dr. P. Day, a petrographer at Sheffield University (petrographic analyses of fabric), and Dr. J. Killen, a world authority at Cambridge University on early Greek scripts. Dr. Haskell's specialty is the study of the shape and decoration of the vases, which yield clues regarding origins and trade.


Major publications include "From Palace to Town Administration: The Evidence of Coarse-Ware Stirrup Jars," in Minoan Society: Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium 1981, O. Krzyszkowska and L. Nixon, eds., Bristol, 1983, pp. 121-128; "Pylos: Stirrup Jars and the International Oil Trade," in Pylos Comes Alive: Industry + Administration in a Mycenaean Palace, C. Shelmerdine and T. Palaima, eds., New York, 1984,  97-107; Bronze Age pottery section,  in C. Picon, Greek Vases in the San Antonio Museum of Art, University of Texas Press, 1995; "Mycenaeans on Crete: Patterns in the Evidence," Bulletin de correspondence hellénique Supplément 30 (1997), 187-194; “wanax to wanax:  Regional Trade Patterns in Mycenaean Crete,” in Essays in Honor of Sara A. Immerwahr, A. Chapin, ed., Hesperia Suppl. 33 (2004), 151-160; and “Region to Region Export of Transport Stirrup jars from LM IIIA2/B Crete,” in Proceedings of the International Workshop held at Athens, Scuola Archeologica Italiana, 5-6 April 2003, “Ariadne’s Threads: Connections between Crete and the Greek Mainland in the Post Palatial Period (Late Minoan IIIA2 to LM IIIC)," A.L. D'Agata, J. Moody, eds. Tripodes 3 (2005), 205-221.

Joint publications include an article with petrographer Peter Day (Sheffield), "Transport Stirrup Jars from Thebes as Evidence for Trade in Late Bronze Age Greece," in Trade and Production in Premonetary Greece: Aspects of Trade, C. Gillis, C. Risberg, B. Sjöberg, eds., Jonsered, 1995, pp. 87-109; and with R.E. Jones, P.M. Day, and J.T. Killen, Transport Stirrup Jars of the Bronze Age Aegean and East Mediterranean, INSTAP Press Monograph, in press.


In 1994/95, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Commission, Dr. Haskell spent a sabbatical year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens conducting field work and library research. Field work and speaking engagements took him to such diverse places as Lund and Goteborg (Sweden), Glasgow and Sheffield (U.K.), Berlin, Bodrum (Turkey), and Sofia and Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria).

National Service

Since 1995, Dr. Haskell has participated in the virtual Classics program known as Sunoikisis, initially funded by the Mellon Foundation. The purpose of Sunoikisis is to enable Classicists at ACS institutions to share resources of their programs that are individually small but collectively large. Projects include inter-instutional team-taught courses, an undergraduate research symposium, databases of various Classics resources, and the like.

Excavation Experience

Since 1998, Dr. Haskell has participated in the Associated Colleges of the South's excavation and survey project in the Elmali Plain, Turkey. His expertise in pottery studies is directed toward the masses of pottery recovered on the surface as well as from the excavation itself. SU students serve as research associates and are an integral part of the data collection and analysis process.


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