Taylor Stark

(2019-2020 Vice President)

Contact Information

Email: taylor.stark@mail.utoronto.ca

Bio and Research

Taylor is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology and a member of the Mediterranean Archaeology Collaborative Specialization (MACS). He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the University of Toronto. His research broadly focuses on Aegean prehistory and the material culture, economy, and landscapes of early Greece. His M.A. work questioned traditional models of Mycenaeanisation and core/periphery dynamics, interpreting cultural change in the region of Bronze Age Thessaly as the product not of a centrally imposed Mycenaean state, but rather as a complex exchange between indigenous Thessalians and the Mycenaean world. Taylor’s research continues to investigate economic exchange and interactions of cultural identity on the peripheries of Mycenaean and other ancient Mediterranean states, and the ways in which local communities on the margins interacted with large-scale cultural and imperial entities. He is also interested in theoretical approaches to networks and connectivity, and survey methodology. Taylor has participated in the Western Argolid Regional Project and currently works with the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey project. He is also the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship from SHRCC, and would be happy to discuss the time he rode a unicycle from Vancouver to Toronto.

Research Interests

Bronze Age Aegean economy, mortuary practice, landscape archaeology