RODNEY D. FITZSIMONS

Associate Professor

 

Office:  Champlain College G 13


Phone:  705-748-1011, ext. 7264


E-mail:  rodneyfitzsimons@trentu.ca


Website:  Rodney Fitzsimons

CV:  Rodney Fitzsimons' CV

 

 

  • B.A. in Classics, M.A.in Ancient Studies (Toronto), Ph.D. in Classical (Bronze Age) Archaeology (Cincinnati)
  • Prof. Fitzsimons specializes in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean and Early Iron Age Greece, with a particular focus on monumental architecture, early state formation, funerary practices, acculturation and identity.
  • He has participated in a number of archaeological projects in Albania and Greece, including excavations at Kommos, Mallia and Midea; since 2002, he has served as the site architect for the Azoria Project excavations at Azoria, Crete, and since 2009, he has been co-director of the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project, based at Ayia Irini on the island of Kea (Greece).
  • Prof. Fitzsimons has been a member of the Department of Ancient History & Classics since 2004 and has taught courses on the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean (the Greek and Roman worlds, the Bronze Age Aegean, Iron Age Greece and ancient Athens), literature and ancient Greek; he has also led archaeological field schools at Azoria (2005 and 2006) and Ayia Irini (2010).
  • Prior to his arrival at Trent, Rodney taught at Miami University of Ohio and Iowa State University, and was the Jacob Hirsch Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
  • In 2013-14, Prof. Fitzsimons will be teaching:
    • AHCL 1000Y: The Trojan War
    • AHCL-ANTH 3252H: The Archaeology of the Greek Iron Age
    • GREK 2000H: Intermediate Greek I
    • GREK 2001H: Intermediate Greek II

Recent Publications

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011. “Monumental Architecture and the Construction of the Mycenaean State,” in State Formation in Italy and Greece: Questioning the Neoevolutionist Paradigm, eds. N. Terrenato and D. C. Haggis, Oxford, pp. 75-118.

R. D. FITZSIMONS and E. Gorogianni. 2011. “The Northern Sector: Pedagogy, Collegiality, Research, and Publication,” Kea Newsletter 2010, p. 4.

D. C. Haggis, M. S. Mook, R. D. FITZSIMONS, C. M. Scarry, L. M.Snyder and W. C. West. 2011. “Excavations in the Archaic Civic Buildings at Azoria in 2005-2006,” Hesperia 80, pp. 431-489.

D. C. Haggis, M. S. Mook, R. D. FITZSIMONS, C. M. Scarry and L. M.Snyder. 2011. “The Excavation of Archaic Houses at Azoria in 2005-2006,” Hesperia 80, pp. 1-70.

Forthcoming Publications

R. D. FITZSIMONS. In Press. “Urbanization and the Emergence of the Greek Polis: The Case of Azoria, Crete,” in Making Ancient Cities: Studies of the Production of Space in Early Urban Environments, eds. A. Creekmore and K. D. Fisher (ms. 12,650 words. plus illustrations; accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press).

R. D. FITZSIMONS. Forthcoming. “An Energetic(s) Approach to Late Helladic Tomb Construction: Funerary Architecture and State Formation at Bronze Age Mycenae,”in Mediations on the Diversity of the Built Environment in the Aegean Basin: A Colloquium in Honour of Frederick E. Winter (ms. 5900 words plus illustrations; submitted to editors).

E. Gorogianni, J. Cutler, and R D. FITZSIMONS. In Press. “Something Old, Something New: Non-Local Brides as Catalysts for Cultural Exchange at Ayia Irini, Kea?,” in Nostoi: Indigenous Cultures, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. Proceedings of an International Conference Held at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, March 31-April 3, 2011, eds. N. Stampolidis, Ç. Maner, and K. Kopanias (ms. 13,275 words. plus illustrations; revised draft submitted to Koç University Press).

D. C. Haggis, M. S. Mook, R. D. FITZSIMONS, M. Eaby, M. Liston, C. M. Scarry, and L. M.Snyder. Forthcoming. “The Excavation of Late Minoan IIIC, Early Iron Age, and Orientalizing Levels at Azoria in 2005-2006,” Hesperia (ms. 21,222 words; under review).

Conference Papers

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2013, January 3-6. “Awash in the Waves of Architectural Change: Reassessing the Adoption and Adaptation of Minoanizing and Mycenaeanizing Architectural Elements in the Southern and Eastern Aegean,” presented at a workshop entitled Minoanization and Mycenaeanization. Two Sides of the Same Coin?, at the 114th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2013, January 3-6. “Laying the Foundations for Mycenaean State Formation: Late Helladic Tomb Construction as a Measure of Socio-Political Complexity in the Bronze Age Argolid,”  presented at the 114th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2012, June 22. “An Energetic(s) Approach to Late Helladic Tomb Construction: Funerary Architecture and State Formation at Bronze Age Mycenae,” presented at Mediations on the Diversity of the Built Environment in the Aegean Basin: A Colloquium in Honour of Frederick E. Winter, Canadian Institute in Greece, Athens, Greece.

E. Gorogianni and R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2012, January 5-8. “Dining on the Fringe Again? The Northeast Bastion as a Minoan-Style Banquet Hall at Ayia Irini, Kea - The Ceramic Evidence,” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011, October 21-22. “A Tale of Three Cities: Urbanisation and Socio-Political Development at Archaic Azoria, Crete,” presented at Urban Dreams and Realities: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the City in Ancient Cultures, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

E. Gorogianni, J. Cutler and R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011, March 31-April 3. “Weaving a Pan-Aegean Fabric: Travelling Brides as Agents of Cultural Exchange in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” presented at Nostoi: Indigenous Cultures, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.

R. D. FITZSIMONS, E. Gorogianni and J. Cutler. 2011, March 31-April 3. “Something Borrowed, Something New: Possible Archaeological Evidence for Foreign Brides as Catalysts for Acculturation at Ayia Irini, Kea,” presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

R. D. FITZSIMONS and E. Gorogianni. 2011, January 6-11. “Dining on the Fringe? A Possible Minoan-Style Banquet Hall at Ayia Irini, Kea,” presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2010, January 6-9. “Building a Heroic Past: Archaizing Elements in Mycenaean Masonry,” presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Anaheim, California, U.S.A.

E. Gorogianni and R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2010, January 6-9. “Ayia Irini and Minoanization: A Bottom-up Approach of the Phenomenon?,” presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Anaheim, California, U.S.A.

Invited Lectures

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2013, April 6. “Construction Technology and State Formation in the Bronze Age Argolid,” presented at Technology, Society, and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011, November 22. “The Tomb of a Rich Athenian Lady in Athens,” presented as a guest lecture for AHCL 2310H (Women in the Ancient Greek World), Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

 R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011, November 11. “How to Build an Archaic Greek City: Architecture and Urbanisation at Azoria, East Crete,” presented to the Department of Classics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

R. D. FITZSIMONS and E. Gorogianni. 2011, July 1. “Feasting on Minoan Culture: The Northeast Bastion at Ayia Irini, Kea, and its Significance for Understanding Minoanization in the Aegean, presented at the INSTAP-SCEC, Pacheia Ammos, Crete, Greece.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2011, March 9. “Making an Archaic City: The Social, Political and Architectural Correlates of Urbanisation at Azoria, East Crete,” presented at the Canadian Institute in Greece, Athens, Greece.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2010, December 7. “Spomenici za žive, spomenici za mrtve: Kamen po kamen vodič kroz mikenske državne formacije (Monuments for the Living, Monuments for the Dead: A Stone-by-Stone Guide to Mycenaean State Formation” Aegean Seminar presented to the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.

R. D. FITZSIMONS. 2010, November 3. “Monumental Architecture and the Construction of the Mycenaean State,” presented at the Canadian Institute in Greece, Athens, Greece.

Recent Grants and Fellowships

2012. Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant ($35,000) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

2012. Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant ($20,000) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

2011. Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant ($20,000) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

2010. SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($76,032) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

2010. Institute for Aegean Prehistory New Research Grant ($15,000) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.

2010. Institute for Aegean Prehistory Publication Team Grant ($600) for the Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project.