Hal Haskell

Notable Achievements

Professor of Art History Thomas Howe, Professor of Classics Hal Haskell and Instructor of Environmental Studies Anwar Sounny-Slitine participated in a seminar/workshop on adapting GIS technology for teaching and research Aug. 8-9, 2016 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. The workshop was funded by a joint grant from the Associated Colleges of the South.

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Expertise

Greek and Latin language and literature, Aegean Bronze Age archaeology

Dr. Haskell teaches Latin and Greek language and literature classes. He believes in inspiring students to develop a passion for the study of ancient cultures and to respond in kind to those passions.

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

 

Haskell received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, his MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and his BA from Haverford College in 1972.

  • Dr. Haskell teaches Latin and Greek language and literature classes. He believes in inspiring students to develop a passion for the study of ancient cultures and to respond in kind to those passions.

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

     

    Haskell received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, his MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and his BA from Haverford College in 1972.

  • Dr. Haskell’s research area is in the 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 has been director of a long-term, interdisciplinary potteryInscribed Stirrup Jar, Thebesanalysis 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; review of The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean, E. Cline (ed.), (Oxford University Press, 2010), in American Journal of Archaeology 115.2 (2011); “Crete’s Octopus Trademark,”Πρακτικα Γ’ Παγκρητιας Επιστημονικης Συναντησης, Rethymnon, 2016; “Seaborne from the beginning: Transport Stirrup Jars,” in Maritime Transport Containers in the Bronze-Iron Age Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Stella Demesticha and A. Bernard Knapp (eds), Uppsala, 2016; “Elite Economic Relationships between Crete and Thebes,” Minos, in press.

    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. Sjoberg, 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, Philadelphia, 2011 [frontmatter]; rev. by Dr. V. Petrakis here; rev. by A. Vianello here.
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  • Among Dr. Haskell’s presentationsProf. Haskell presenting at NARNIA Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus are “An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Study of Ancient Ceramics: Aegean Transport Stirrup Jars,” “Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean” conference at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 17-19 September 2014 (see text text; news story here); “Seaborne from the Beginning: Transport Stirrup Jars,” European Association of Archaeologists, Glasgow, September 2015; “Meandering through Late Minoan III Crete, Proust, Pottery, and Palaces,” invited lecture, College Year in Athens / ΔΙΚΕΜΕΣ, April 2014; “The Classification and Chronology of Ceramics [at Hacimusalar] Using the WWW,” Conference on Ancient Studies – New Technology: The World Wide Web and Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies, Salve Regina University, December 2000; “New Views: Scientific Archaeology and Postpalatial Trade on Crete,” invited paper, Goteborg University and Lund University, March 1995; St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, April 1995; Archaeological Institute of America National Lecture Tour, October 1996; “Marble Provenance Determination by ESR Study of Trace Levels of Mn(II),” joint paper, gen. mtg., AIA, December 1983.


In the News

  • Prof. Haskell
    Prof. Haskell’s Foundational Book

    Reviewer notes “this volume deserves to be, at the very least, a must-read for everyone even peripherally interested in the LBA III Aegean economy and trade.”

  • Madeline and Sappho at Center for Hellenic Studies
    “Heavenly Haircuts and Missing Bodies”

    SU Classics Student presents research at Harvard National Conference

  • Trey Frye
    Trey Frye ’12

    Yale Divinity School student sees a continuum among ancient Greek, cutting edge education, financial analysis, and graduate school in religion

  • Excavations at Aghios Vassilios near Xirokambi
    Mycenaean Palace discovered near Sparta

    SU Classics professor Hal Haskell comments on Mycenean Palace and Linear B Tablets dating to the 14th cent BCE discovered at Aghios Vassilios, south of Sparta

  • Ecce! fulgentia paideia
    Latin Alive: Paideia in Action

    First year Latin students capture “Paideia Flashes” and present their observations at “From Every Voice”

  • Nicole Inskeep
    Nicole Inskeep ’15

    Classics major’s internship with Texas Historical Commission included working on the La Belle Shipwreck (1686)

  • Nicole Inskeep
    Student digs in Texas

    Classics major Nicole Inskeep ’15  internship with Texas Historical Commission included working on the La Belle Shipwreck (1686)

  • Citadel of Mycenae, which suffered catastrophic destructions in the 13th cent BCE
    Science sheds light on Troubles of Bronze Age Civilization

    Experts have long pondered the cause of the crisis that led to the Late Bronze Age collapse of civilization, and now believe that by studying grains of fossilized pollen they have uncovered the cause.

  • Exelauno Day
    Witnesses to History

    Advanced Latin student Morgan Gribble ends up in Rome with the SU Chorale the week a new pope is chosen

  • College Year in Athens Summer Session
    Jenna Gaska ‘13

    Jenna Gaska’s (‘13) fantastic experience at College Year in Athens

  • Jenna at Theater at Epidaurus
    Jenna Gaska ‘13 double majors in Classics and Biology

    “One of the main reasons that I came to Southwestern was because I knew that in its liberal arts environment - with small class sizes and close connections forged between teachers and students - I would be able to complete the undergraduate education that I wanted as a double major.”

  • “Reporting Alexander” (FYS 2012): shocked, I tell, you, shocked
    Creativity in “Reporting Alexander the Great”

    Prof. Haskell’s 2012 FYS students presented in class very clever adaptations of some of Alexander the Great’s “best” exploits.

  • Georgia reading her paper (Photo: Allie Marbry)
    SU Classics Students Present at National Conference

    Two Southwestern Classics students read papers at the annual Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium in Washington, DC.