Sharon (Shari) Stocker graduated from Denison University with a BA in Classics and History. After a decade long hiatus, much of which was spent traveling in South America and saili ...read more

Sharon (Shari) Stocker graduated from Denison University with a BA in Classics and History. After a decade long hiatus, much of which was spent traveling in South America and sailing with her brother, she returned to academia and received her doctorate in Greek prehistory from the University of Cincinnati, where she is a Senior Research Associate. She co-directs the University of Cincinnati excavations at the Palace of Nestor in Pylos. In 2015, she spent more than six months excavating the Tomb of the Griffin Warrior. She manages the conservation and study of artifacts from the grave.

Shari, an inveterate and accomplished procrastinator, is fortunate to have found Jack Davis, who is exactly and maddeningly the opposite.

Jack received his doctorate in Greek prehistory from the University of Cincinnati, where he is currently the Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology. Somehow he has managed to do a lot in life, despite being a couch potato, hating dirt and heat, and being eminently unsuited to a career in field archaeology. It probably is because of his good fortune in meeting Shari, his ταίριas the Greeks call one’s true match, a woman who suffers from none of those maladies.

Jack and Shari have worked in the Pylos region of Greece for more than two decades. In 2015, Jack assisted in the excavation of the Tomb of the Griffin Warrior and the two of them have been studying some of the astonishing finds from the grave. As Shari put it:

"This previously unopened shaft grave of a wealthy Mycenaean warrior, dating back 3,500 years, is one of the most magnificent displays of prehistoric wealth discovered in mainland Greece in the past 65 years."

Along with archaeology, Shari has an ongoing passion for sailing. She lives in Greece with her cat Nestor. Jack lives in Cincinnati with the couple's two cats, Genci and Kalypso, but spends as much time in Greece as possible, searching and researching, through excavations at such sites as the Palace of Nestor, Nemea, and Apollonia.

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