Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor Emerita in the Classics Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Her specialty is the Aegean Bronze Age, particularly Mycenaean Greece. Professor Shelmerdine is an expert on both archaeological material and the written evidence of the Linear B documents, which dealt with economic matters in Mycenaean palace operations. She has published extensively on the history and culture of prehistoric Greece and Crete. Her recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge 2008, editor and contributor). Professor Shelmerdine is a ceramic and historical expert for the Iklaina Archaeological Project (University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Greek Archaeological Society). She has also participated in the excavation of Nichoria by the Minnesota Messenia Expedition, and in the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1970), the University of Cambridge (B.A. 1972, M.A. 1980), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Classical Philology 1977).