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Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program
The discipline of Archaeology is concerned with the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of the material remains of past cultures and societies. It is a unique field of study that comprises Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Sciences. At UVA, the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program combines the faculty and resources of several departments. Our undergraduate majors and minors undertake a program of study that combines prehistoric, historic, and Mediterranean archaeology, as well as field methods and hands-on training. Graduate students in Archaeology pursue more focused research through the departments of Anthropology or Art History. The topics of study at UVA can vary widely, ranging from issues of human origins and zooarchaeology to the study of the Classical, Roman, and Medieval Mediterranean; from the structure of ancestral Pueblo societies to colonialism in Virginia; and from the study of the ancient Near East and Pre-Columbian societies to the development of Swahili culture on the East African coast.
The Archaeology faculty is composed of a group of core faculty, all archaeologists from the Anthropology and Art History departments. Our classes and seminars address many themes of relevance, including households, the landscape, mortuary practices, material culture, and religious ritual. In addition, faculty from Architectural History, History, Religious Studies, Classics, and Environmental Sciences offer many courses of direct relevance. Our On-Grounds and Fieldwork internships enable students to work closely with UVA faculty on research projects and many receive digital archaeology experience. Faculty sponsored field research is conducted in many parts of the world, including in Virginia, the Southwestern United States, the Caribbean, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, East Africa, the Southeastern Inka frontier.
If you would like to declare a major or minor in Archaeology, please contact Tyler Jo Smith, Program Director.
If you are interested in graduate studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Art and Architectural History and the Program Coordinator. For graduate studies in Anthropological Archaeology, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.
Congratulations Prof. Kondyli!!
Fotini Kondyli has been named a NEH Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor for a three-year term beginning this month. The Professorships "support and recognize faculty who know their disciplines well, motivate and inspire students, and actively engage students in learning” and represent a most impressive recognition of teaching at the University of Virginia.
Check out our Fieldwork Resources Page >
Congratulations Archaeology Graduate Students!!
Lizzie Baughan (Archaeology major 1995) is Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Richmond. As a specialist in the archaeology of Anatolia (modern Turkey), she has excavated at several sites, including Sardis and Hacimusalar. She is the author of Couched in Death: Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond (2013) and has an edited volume forthcoming on the topic of material connections and artistic exchange in Etruria and Anatolia. She is also the 2020 recipient of the Engage for Change! Award, given by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond.
Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshops sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program provide an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, and for discussion of developments in the recent archaeological literature. Workshops convene in the conference room on the second floor of Brooks Hall, unless otherwise noted.
Want to volunteer a talk or discussion topic? Contact Adria LaViolette or Fraser Neiman.
The Pre-Modern World at the University of Virginia
Started in 2014, the Pre-Modern Group at UVA is a gathering of faculty and students who come together to explore salient issues of antiquity and the Middle Ages (variously construed) within a global context. We seek to advance understanding of the world before the advent of the modern era through cross-cultural conversation about society, modes of expression, philosophical systems, and belief.
IT Wizard Jeff Wimer showing off his Archaeology T-shirt. Have you got yours?
We kick off 2022 with a new DAACS Conversation series