Thomas F. Tartaron

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Executive Director of the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials, Penn Museum; Associate Curator, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section; Faculty Advisor, Post-baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies

Cohen Hall 293
Office Hours: 
Office hours, Fall 2023: Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 or by appointment


Ph.D. (Archaeology) Boston University, 1996
Colburn Fellow, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1992–1993
B.A. International Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1981

Research Interests: 

Greek Bronze Age archaeology, Classical Archaeology, landscape archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeometry

Current Excavation:

Selected Publications: 

Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Geography Matters: Defining Maritime Small Worlds of the Aegean Bronze Age," in J. Leidwanger and C. Knappett, eds., Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean World (Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp 61-92.

"The Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project (SHARP): Investigations at Mycenaean Kalamianos, 2007–2009," Hesperia 80 (2011): 559–634.

"Aegean Prehistory as World Archaeology: Recent Trends in the Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece," Journal of Archaeological Research 16 (2008): 83–161.

Work in Progress:

Oral history projects among traditional fishing communities in Greece (Thrace), Cyprus, and India (Kerala); archaeological field survey at Molyvoti, Thrace (Greece).

Courses Taught: 

(undergraduate) Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology; Ages of Homer; Great Discoveries in Archaeology; Seafaring in the Ancient Greek World; City and Countryside in Ancient Greece; Mycenae, Pylos, and Troy

(graduate) Ancient Greek Colonies; Landscape Archaeology; Material and Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology; Mycenae; Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics; Ethnoarchaeology: Greece; Surface Archaeology; Landscapes and Seascapes in the Ancient Mediterranean World