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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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Congratulations to this year's Archaeology Program Award Winners and Interns!
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.
Places are social, lived, ideational landscapes constructed by people as they inhabit their natural and built environment. An ‘archaeology of place’ attempts to move beyond the understanding of the landscape as inert background or static fossil of human behaviour. The volume recasts a wealth of knowledge about Aegean mortuary cultures against a theoretical background, bringing the field up to date with recent developments in the archaeology of place.
University of Virginia Facilities Management workers tore up the floor boards of the Pavilion III dependency and archaeologists uncovered pieces of Jeffersonian serpentine wall, foundation footings, shards of glass and pieces of bone — elements of a long-gone UVA.
University of Virginia sculpture students spent three years creating an archaeological site at Charlottesville’s Baker-Butler Elementary School. Fifth-grade students will spend three decades unearthing its treasures.
The site was unveiled Tuesday to cheers from more than 600 Baker-Butler students, teachers and administrators. It features a new amphitheater surrounding a 10-foot monument submerged beneath 600 adobe bricks containing more than 1,500 ceramic artifacts. Each year, students from UVA’s Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program will help Baker-Butler fifth-graders excavate the site, partnering with teachers to help students understand the importance of archeology in revealing past civilizations.
Under the tutelage of Fraser Neiman, Monticello’s director of archaeology, 11 students are spending six weeks in the University of Virginia’s Summer Archaeological Field School at Thomas Jefferson’s home.
Neiman said two-thousand acres of Monticello provide “our archaeological sand box.”