Panagiota A. Pantou— 2009 Graduate Student Paper Award
At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Panagiota A. Pantou of the University at Buffalo--The State University of New York, the first prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Philadelphia, January 8-11, 2009.
The winning paper is entitled "Mycenaean Dimini in Context: Discussing Settlement Types and Socioeconomic Complexities in Late Bronze Age Greece”. In this paper, Ms. Pantou demonstrated a thorough and professional presentation of evidence that was both compelling to those well versed in the subject and easily understood by non-specialists. Her offering of a new paradigm for Bronze Age economic and political organization based solely upon data from excavation challenged beliefs currently held and did so in a persuasive but non-confrontational way. Such work is how scholarship should be and displays great promise for publication.