Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program
The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program combines the faculty and resources of several departments. Our undergraduate majors undertake a program of study that combines prehistoric, historic, and classical archaeology, while graduate students pursue more focused research through the departments of Anthropology or Art History. The discipline of Archaeology is concerned with the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of the material remains of past cultures and societies. The topics of study at UVa can vary widely, ranging from issues of human origins and cultural evolution to the study of Classical Greece and Rome; from the structure of ancestral Pueblo societies to colonialism in Virginia; and from the study of the ancient Near East 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. In addition, faculty from Architectural History, History, Religious Studies, Classics, and Environmental Sciences offer many courses of direct relevance. Faculty sponsored field research is currently being conducted in Italy, Greece,Turkey, East Africa, the Southwestern United States, Virginia and the Caribbean.
Archaeology majors and minors can be declared during Spring 2020 using an online form. If you would like to declare a major or minor in Archaeology, please contact Tyler Jo Smith, Program Director.
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Jennifer Gates-Foster (Archaeology and Anthropology 1997) is Associate Professor of Classics at UNC Chapel Hill, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. Her primary research interests are in the archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Her recent book (2019) on the Ptolemaic and Roman roads of Egypt’s Red Sea coastal region documents the material traces of some 800 years of trade, travel and settlement between the Nile Valley, the Red Sea and East Africa.
Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshops 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.
Jeff Hantman (Anthropology, emeritus) joined Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU, American University Radio, to discuss the historic capital of the Monacan Nation: The Monacan Indian Nation Fights to Keep A Historic Site Untouched
Fiona Greenland's latest project has just received a National Science Foundation grant – Greenland’s second NSF award since coming to UVA – to research the relationship between cultural destruction and civilian harm, with the war in Syria as a case study.
The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles
The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—known as lorrkkon, ḏupun, or ḻarrakitj—were used to house the bones of the deceased.
The Inside World is a collaboration between The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. The works are drawn from the collections of Miami based philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The exhibition was organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue edited by Henry Skerritt, Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
The AIA held its 2020 Awards Ceremony, on the evening of Saturday, January 4, at the 121st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of a number of honorees, including the Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology, awarded to the Flowerdew Project, received by Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (project PI).
IT Wizard Jeff Wimer showing off his Archaeology T-shirt. Have you got yours?