Archaeology Program

Archaeology is the discipline most directly concerned with the understanding and explanation of past societies through the study of their material remains. The reconstruction of those societies through the interpretation of material culture permits archaeology to span both the prehistoric and the historic periods. While certain Archaeology courses originate within the program, others are cross-listed in the departments of Anthropology, Art and Art History, Classical Civilization, American Studies, and History, as well as in the Medieval Studies Program. Students are encouraged to participate in archaeological field projecst, and to engage in the hands-on study of ancient materials.

New Faculty News:
The Archaeology Program is excited to welcome Katherine Brunson (Phd 2015 UCLA), who is a specialist in zooarchaeology and ancient DNA, and her current institutional affiliation is the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University.  Prof. Brunson's research focuses on animal domestication, pastoralism and broader interactions between humans, animals and the environment, work she has carried out on field projects in China and at the Mayan site of Copan, in Honduras.  Prof. Brunson will be joining our faculty in Spring of 2019, and will be offering courses in Chinese archaeology, ancient DNA and the human past, and animals in archaeology.

Stay tuned for updated Archaeology course listings in Wesmaps and the links to new excavation projects!


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