Congratulations to Douglas Forsyth who passed his Phd viva recently. His thesis is entitled “Economic Development in the Cycladic Islands 1000-480 BCE”.
Doug took an original approach to the Cyclades in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age to understand levels of connectivity and reasons for the development of certain cities and islands in advance of others. He undertook extensive analysis of excavation reports from across the islands and in areas such as Anatolia and Egypt and especially Crete for comparative purposes. His fieldwork, with his trusted assistant Karen, and their personal experience of sailing in the Aegean led Doug to reach some innovative theories regarding economic development of the islands following the so-called dark ages.