My name is Myles Chykerda, and I'm a member of the Department’s Academic Teaching Staff. I obtained by BA and MA right here at UofA in Classics, and then headed to Southern California to pursue a PhD at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
I specialize in topics and matters surrounding the development of early state, with a particular focus on social development that occurred in the region of Thessaly, Greece from the Late Bronze Age through Archaic/Classical period. I also dabble in Hellenistic fortifications and defensive networks in Thessaly (a topic which my MA thesis discusses), landscape archaeology, GIS methodology, and Digital Humanities.
I have been involved with UofA’s Kastro Kallithea and Central Achaia Phthiotis Survey projects since 2004 and excavated at UCLA’s Methone project 2014-18. I’ve also participated in a variety of other archaeological projects including Bodo, Alberta and Corotna, Italy. In the 2013-14 academic year I was resident in Athens as the Canadian Institute in Greece’s Fellow and was also an associate member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In 2018 I TA’ed UofA’s Greece study abroad summer course.