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Curtis Runnels is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University. He received his BA from the University of Kansas (1972) and MA and PhD from Indiana University in Bloomington (1976, 1981), all in archaeology. He has taught at Indiana University (1978-1980), Stanford University (1981-1987), and Boston University (1987- present). Curtis Runnels is a prehistorian specializing in the Stone Age of Greece and neighboring regions with more than 25 years of experience with excavation, regional survey, and artifact analysis in Greece, Turkey, and Albania. His recent research projects have focused on Palaeolithic research in Greek Macedonia and NW Turkey in collaboration with research teams from the University of Thessaloniki and Istanbul University. Professor Runnels has published many books and scientific papers including, with Tjeerd van Andel, Beyond the Acropolis: A Rural Greek Past (Stanford University Press, 1987), A Greek Countryside: The Southern Argolid from Prehistory to the Present Day, with M. H. Jameson and Tj. H. van Andel (Stanford University Press, 1994), and, with Priscilla Murray, Greece Before History: An Archaeological Companion and Guide (Stanford University Press, in press). Among his papers for a general readership is "Environmental degradation in ancient Greece," Scientific American 272, 3 (1995): 96-99. For more information, see


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