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.
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Will Pedrick (Archaeology major, 2017) is here taking part in an underwater survey of the coast of Attica in Greece this summer. Since graduating from UVa Will has completed the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to mastering Greek and Latin, and continuing to study Classical Archaeology, he has taken part in both land and underwater projects in Cyprus, Sicily, and Greece. This Fall Will begins a PhD program in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton. Good luck Will!
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.
Tyler Jo Smith and Linked Open Greek Pottery
Tyler Jo Smith of the McIntire Department of Art recently received exciting news regarding her, and an interdisciplinary team of specialists’, ongoing efforts to enhance the archaeological study of ancient Greek pottery through facilitating the sharing of information using a new digital platform.
A Quick and Tragic Thaw is a series of artworks that explores the impact of a warming world using the arctic region as the symbolic apex. Through the study of scholarly research and data, use of mapping technology and satellite imagery, as well as essays, poems, photographs and illustrations, these artworks interpret the more recent story of human influenced climate change. More broadly, this urgent narration recognizes migration movements of biological forms, toxins, and water and is meant to be a meditation on loss and the fragility of the planet.
IT Wizard Jeff Wimer showing off his Archaeology T-shirt. Have you got yours?
Original Rotunda drawings and miniature books are just a few of the rare treasures to be found in UVA’s Special Collections Library.
With demolition looming, University Hall gets scanned and photographed into history.
Fraser Neiman leads a hardy band of undergraduate and graduate students on a quest to learn more about life hundreds of years ago on Thomas Jefferson’s plantation as part of a program managed jointly by Monticello and the University of Virginia.