New Editor-in-Chief

The Archaeological Institute of America is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Carter as the next Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA). Dr. Carter, former chair of the Classical Studies Department at Tulane University in New Orleans, served as chairperson of the Publications Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Her main areas of expertise include early historical Greece and early Greek interaction with the Near East. She edited (with Dr. Sarah Morris) The Ages of Homer and is the author of numerous articles. As of November 1, 2015, Dr. Carter began the transition to her new position, which officially begins on July 1, 2016. We warmly welcome her to the AJA and wish her all success in the years to come.

  • Olympia Peperaki

    Although the importance of seal use on the Greek mainland during the Early Bronze Age has long been recognized, its significance still remains difficult to grasp. The pervasive priority given to the analysis of social complexity has meant that seal use is addressed as part of an early administrative apparatus employed to control the distribution of goods.

  • Catherine E. Pratt

    It is generally accepted that Cretan transport stirrup jars were the preferred bulk liquid transport container of the Late Bronze Age Aegean, but the reasons behind their invention, relatively rapid dissemination and widespread use, and sudden disappearance are not well understood.

  • Daniel Osland

    Throughout late antiquity, long after the collapse of the Roman administrative system, Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain) retained its role as a primary center for economic, political, religious, and social exchanges. However, the nature and the physical setting of many of those interactions changed significantly in this period.

  • A. Bernard Knapp and Sturt W. Manning

    Available as Open Access

    Explanations for the Late Bronze Age crisis and collapse in the eastern Mediterranean are legion: migrations, predations by external forces, political struggles within dominant polities or system collapse among them, inequalities between centers and peripheries, climatic change and natural disasters, disease/plague.

  • Shannon LaFayette Hogue

    Available as Open Access
    Includes Open Access Supplementary Content

    In the past three decades, an Iron Age date for reoccupation of areas surrounding the Palace of Nestor on the Epano Englianos Ridge has become well attested, but the extent and nature of this reoccupation has remained unclear. My reexamination of the Main Building stratigraphy using data recorded in the excavation notebooks has helped define the extent of reoccupation by providing evidence for two phases of temporary reuse.