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Archaeology major Melanie Wood on excavation at Tel Kabri in Israel during summer 2017.
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.
Check out our new Fieldwork Resources Page >
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.
Tuesday, October 24th 5:30 PM
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
“Below the Streets of Istanbul: Urban Archaeology and Medieval Shipwrecks at Yenikapi”
The well – a round, brick structure about four feet in diameter, with an as-yet-unknown depth –was discovered on the north side of the pavilion, in the southeast corner of the parking area, in what had been an empty mulch bed. Ford said the narrow diameter of the structure and the lack of hydraulic cement, allowing water to seep into the structure, indicate it was a well. The many cisterns found on UVA’s Grounds were lined with hydraulic cement to retain rainwater or roof runoff.
Crews working in Brooks Hall have been shoring up its tilting staircase and restoring a top-floor office that still contains a pulley wheel used to operate the multi-story lift system that carried natural history specimens – and coal – to the building’s three or four levels. While performing the work, they found evidence of a long-forgotten fire that damaged the structure.
By combining traditional techniques with cutting edge technology students in Fotini Kondyli's Household Archaeology course were treated to both sides of the academic and practical equation that makes up the field.