Students will learn about the art, architecture, and material culture of the ancient world, exploring things of beauty and power, as well as the world of the everyday. Concentrators will also learn "how to do" archaeology - the techniques of locating, retrieving and analyzing ancient remains - and consider how material culture shapes our understanding of the past. Concentrators are encouraged to pursue research opportunities through summer fieldwork, museum experience, or independent study projects.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Explore ancient buildings and objects discovered around the world
  • Gain a material perspective on historical trends, events and places
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the political, social and religious contexts of ancient civilizations
  • Study the theories and methodologies of archeology and ancient art history
  • Consider the ethical implications of archaeological practice and the sharing of its results
  • Complete a capstone experience


  • Classical Archaeology
  • Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 14 
2019 11   3


Interim concentration advisor: Peter van Dommelen