Michael Galaty received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. His interests include the archaeology of Europe, the Balkans in particular, regional analysis, and ceramic studies. His dissertation research -which addressed ceramic manufacture and consumption in the Mycenaean state of Pylos - was conducted in Greece with the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project and was published as Nestor's Wine Cups (British Archaeological Reports #766, 1999).
In 2000, Galaty published a revised and expanded version of Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces (UCLA), a volume of papers regarding the organization and evolution of Mycenaean state systems. In 2010, he edited Archaic State Interaction (School for Advanced Research Press), a volume of papers written for an Advanced Seminar held at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently, he directs the Shala Valley Project, an international, interdisciplinary effort aimed at surveying a high-altitude, northern Albanian valley. From 1998-2003 he helped direct The Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project in central Albania. There, an international team of archaeologists surveyed the hinterland of a Greek colony, Apollonia, which was founded in the territory of the Illyrians in 588 BC.
Galaty also directed archaeological investigations at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a circa 1000-acre property located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Excavations of a 19th-century home and Archaic Indian camp were conducted at the multi-component "Mountain View" site. Mike enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers - except when they get beat by the Saints.
Dr. Galaty describes his current research projects: