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 projects, 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). Dr. Brunson is a zooarchaeologist with a focus in ancient China who makes use of faunal evidence, including ancient DNA, to reconstruct the origins of cattle domestication and the beginnings of pastoralism. She is also co-Director of the Oracle Bones in East Asia project, which explores the emergence of ritual practice that attends these cultural and environmental shifts. At Wesleyan, Dr. Brunson will teach lab-based courses in environmental archaeology, ancient DNA, and courses in Chinese and Mayan archaeology, the latter building on her extensive fieldwork experience through projects both in China and at the Mayan site of Copan in Honduras. 

Dr. Brunson will be joining our faculty in Spring 2019, and will offer two new courses:
  ARCP 203 Secrets of Ancient Bones: Discovering Ancient DNA
  ARCP 257 Environmental Archaeology

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