As an archaeologist and professor, for more than thirty years, he’s explored the ancient world of the Greeks. Anthropologically trained, and with a resume too long to read you during an intro, today, he’s not only an Endowed Professor and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but he directs the interdisciplinary excavation of the Mycenaean palace at Iklaina, in Pylos, Greece.
He has a long list of papers, publications, awards, and personal appearances, which you can read about in the show notes and on his website, not to mention his services to academia where he focuses his interests on the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece, with a special focus on social memory, origins of states and complex societies, and mystery cults.
He’s a Fellow of the National Academies of Arts and Sciences of Canada, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; a Corresponding Member of the Greek Academy of Arts and Sciences; an honorary member of the Archaeological Society at Athens; and a National Geographic Society Explorer.
Links for you to explore!
Michael's Website: michaelcosmopoulos.org
Iklaina Website: The Iklaina Archaeological Project Website
Iklaina Facebook: The Iklaina Archaeological Project Facebook
UMSL Greek Studies: www.umsl.edu/~greekstudies/
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