Professor Louise A. Hitchcock has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California, and an MA in ancient History and a PhD in Art History and Critical Theory - both from the University of California at Los Angeles. As part of her PhD studies and post-doctoral research, Professor Hitchcock has gained extensive archaeological experience in the east Mediterranean, including time as Parsons Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a senior Fulbright Fellow at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Cyprus; and as an USAID Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (awarded three times), and the Visiting Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; and a visiting research at the Institute of Advanced Study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as well as excavation work in Israel, Egypt, Syria, Crete, and California.
She is author of nearly 100 articles on architecture, identity, piracy, feasting, globalization and populism, and gender in the east Mediterranean. Her 4 books include, Minoan Architecture: A Contextual Analysis, (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Pocket Book 155) Jonsered: Paul Astroms Forlag (2000); Aegean Art and Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1999), co-authored with Donald Preziosi; Theory for Classics, Routledge (2008); Aegaeum 29, DAIS: The Aegean Feast (co-edited with Robert Laffineur and Janice Crowley), Essays in Honor of Aren Maeir (co-edited with I. Shai, J.R. Chadwick, C. McKinney, A. Dagan, and J. Uziel). She is currently involved in several research projects: including investigating the relationship between Aegean, Cypriot and Philistine architecture, identity, island archaeology, globalization in the Late Bronze Age, piracy, and collaborative projects on the emergence of complexity in Greece and excavating the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath with Prof. Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University. Ongoing research is devoted to the recovery, documentation, and interpretation of contextual relationships as well as the interpretation of existing monuments, especially critical considering that many of the monumental structures of the Late Bronze Age are decaying through exposure to weather and human contact. Leadership positions in the University have included Research Training Chair of the School of Historical Studies (2008-2010, 2016-2018 sem 1) and Discipline Chair of Classics and Archaeology (2011-2012), Deputy Head of School (2014 - 2018 sem 1), University Appointments and Promotions Committee in 2018. In addition, she has supervised 16 PhD students, 10 MA students, and 35 Honours students to completion. Her post-graduate students have published numerous articles and 5 books.
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Dyason Application: Philistine In Practice: A Praxeological Perspective On The Creation Of..
Internal Research Grant
An ivory bowl from Early Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): manufacture, meaning and mem..
In The Wake Of The Sea Peoples, In The Footsteps Of Goliath: Excavating The Philistine Sit..
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The Maritime and Riverine Networks of the Eurotas River Valley in Lakonia
Louise Hitchcock, Anne Chapin, James Reynolds
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Lakonia is remembered in Homeric epic as the locale where Queen Helen was abducted to Troy, becoming the face that launched 1,000 ..
Technological Insights on the Philistine Culture: Perspectives from Tell es-Safi/Gath
AM Maeir, D Ben-Shlomo, D Cassuto, JR Chadwick, BE DAVIS, A Eliyahu Behar, S Frumin, S Gur-Arieh, LA Hitchcock, L Kolska Horwitz, F Manclossi, SA Rosen, J Verduci, E Weiss, E Welch, V Workman
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
More than a century of study of the Philistines has revealed abundant remains of their material culture. Concurrently, our underst..
The Legacy of the Sea Peoples: Raiders, Pirates, or Explorers [Interview given to James Blake Wiener]
Lindsay Hitchcock, James Blake Wiener
Journal article | 2019 | Ancient History Magazine
An interview on the Sea Peoples as pirates with commentary on the recent study of Philistine DNA. In this interview, James Blake ..
The Chronology of the Late Bronze (LB)-Iron Age (IA) Transition in the Southern Levant: A Response to Finkelstein’s Critique
LA Hitchcock, E Boaretto, Y Asscher, G Lehmann, AM Maeir, S Wiener
Journal article | 2019 | Radiocarbon
The question under discussion is whether the dates of the Late Bronze (LBIIB)-LBIII (Iron IA) transitions in three sites in the so..
The Late Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi/Gath and the site’s role in Southwestern Canaan
Aren M Maeir, Jeffrey Chadwick, Amit Dagan, Louise A Hitchcock, Jill Katz, Itzhaq Shai, Joe Uziel
Book Chapter | 2019
The Late Bronze Age in the Levant is a period of much interest to archaeologists, historians and biblical scholars. This is a peri..
Tomorrow Never Dies: Post-Palatial Memories of the Aegean Late Bronze Age in the Mediterranean
Lindsay Hitchcock, Aren M Maeir, Madaline Harris Schober
Book Chapter | 2019 | Aegaeum
The oldest words for future in Sumerian, Akkadian, Hebrew, Hittite, and ancient Greek can be translated as the back of the day or ..
All the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites (Samuel 2:15-18)’ - An Up-to-Date Account of Minoan Connections with the Philistines
Book Chapter | 2018
The ethnonyms Cherethite and Pelethite, and associations of the Philistines with Caphtor in the Old Testament point to a Cretan or..
All the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites: A Current Assessment of the Evidence for the Minoan Connection with the Philistines
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of Cretan Studies, 21-27 October 2011, Rethymnon, Crete.
The co-occurrence of the ethnic designations Cherethite and Pelethite and the association of the Philistines with Caphtor in the O..
Pirates of the Crete-Aegean: Migration, Mobility, and Post-Palatial Realities at the End of the Bronze Age
LA Hitchcock, Aren Maeir
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, 21-25 September 2016
Our recent research has used historical accounts of piracy to briefly examine pirate leadership, pirate culture and social organiz..
The Conglomerate Quarry at the Mycenaean Site of Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi
LA HITCHCOCK, undefined Chapin, AP, undefined Banou, E, J Reynolds
Journal article | 2016 | Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Although many studies have been published on Minoan quarries, few details have ever been published on Mycenaean quarries. Here we ..
Philistine Names and Terms Once Again: A Recent Perspective
AM Maeir, BE Davis, LA Hitchcock
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies
In the last decade or so, new data and interpretations on the onomastics of Iron Age Philistia have appeared. In this article, we ..
One Philistine’s Trash is an Archaeologist's Treasure: Feasting at Iron Age I, Tell es-Safi/Gath
LA Hitchcock, LK Horwitz, E Boaretto, AM Maeir
Journal article | 2015 | Near Eastern Archaeology
This paper presents evidence for feasting in the late Iron Age I Philistine culture from a circumscribed locale in Area A at the s..
An ivory bowl from Early Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): manufacture, meaning and memory
AM Maeir, B Davis, LK Horwitz, Y Asscher, LA Hitchcock
Journal article | 2015 | World Archaeology
In 2013, an ivory bowl was discovered in a chalky matrix in the Early Iron Age (Philistine) levels in Area A at Tell es-Safi/Gath...
The taphonomy and preservation of wood and dung ashes found in archaeological cooking installations: case studies from Iron Age Israel
Shira Gur-Arieh, Ruth Shahack-Gross, Aren M Maeir, Gunnar Lehmann, Louise A Hitchcock, Elisabetta Boaretto
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Archaeological Science
Review of Nicholas C. Stampolidis and Vassos Karageorghis (eds.), PLOES; Sea Routes and Interconnections in the Mediterranean 16th-6th c. BC. Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Rethymnon, Crete September 29th-October 2nd 2002.
Journal article | 2010 | Ancient West and East
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
2009, Research Grant, $10,000 USD, with Prof. Aren Maeir, Bar Ilan University, research on Philistine hearths and plasters
2009, Joint Research Grant, with Prof. Aren Maeir, Bar Ilan University, for excavation at Tell es-Safi/Gath, $15,000
2008-2009, Fellow in Study Group: Interconnections and Regional Narratives in Mediterranean Archaeology (ca. 1700-700 BCE), $36,000 USD
2008, Seeding Grant, for excavation at Tell es-Safi/Gath Israel
2008, Grant for 12th International Aegean Conference, $7500 USD
2007, Special Studies Program Long, $5400
2007, Travel Award to attend Archaeological Institute of America Meeting, $1000 USD
2006, Collaborative Research Grant, $4,400, with Prof. Anne Chapin, Brevard College, researching complexity in prehistoric Greece
2006-2007, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (Honorary)
2006-2007, Annual Professorship, Research Grant $24,000 USD
2005, Early Career Research Grant, $14,000, for research on Cypriot and Aegean architecture
2000, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowship (formerly United States Information Agency), $5000 USD, for research on Architecture
1997, Title III, Introducing Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Project, Faculty Development Award, $2700 USD
1995-1996, Edward A. Dickson History of Art Support Dissertation Fellowship, $12,000 plus fees, USD
1994-1995, Edward A. Dickson History of Art Support Dissertation Fellowship, $12,000 plus fees, USD
1993-1994, Teaching Assistantship, $12,000 USD plus fees
1992-1993, Edward A. Dickson History of Art Support Dissertation Fellowship, Honorary
1992-1993, Arthur W. Parsons Fellowship, $12,000 USD
1991-1992, Edward A. Dickson History of Art Dissertation Travel Grant, $12,000 USD
First Prize, Campbell Book Collection Competition, Lawrence of Arabia: 101 Years, the Legend Continues. $300 USD
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
FULL - ITT Fulbright Fellowship
Professor In Archaeology
Historical And Philosophical Studies
Archaeological Institute of America
Classical Association of Victoria
American Schools of Oriental Research
Doctor of Philosophy, Art History
University of California - Los Angeles
Master of Arts, History
University of California - Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of Southern California