The Archaeology Program at UNC

The archaeology program at UNC is made up of two components. The Curriculum in Archaeology is the instructional component of the program and is made up of faculty members from the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. It offers both a major and a minor in archaeology, and a major in archaeology with honors. The second component is the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA), which provides logistical and facilities support for archaeology faculty and graduate students within the Department of Anthropology, maintains a large archaeological research and teaching collection, and undertakes independent programs of research and public outreach. It also serves as the institutional home to the Curriculum.

The geographic scope of the archaeology program reflects the diverse cultural and regional specialties of the contributing faculty, including the Americas, Europe, the prehistoric and classical Mediterranean, Egypt, the Near East, and Africa. Regularly, faculty offer fieldwork opportunities that expose students to the archaeology of the colonial period in the Carolinas, early Iron Age Crete, the Mississippian of the Deep South, the Moche period in Peru, the Maya and their descendants in Mesoamerica, and ancient Israel/Palestine.

UNC Archaeology in Recent News

Digital Things: Capturing and Creating (in 3D) for Heritage and Archaeology (UNC Libraries)
February 9, 2017

Project gives the Old Well a (virtually) new dimension (University Gazette)
February 7, 2017

The Old Well – in 3-D (UNC Spotlights)
January 30, 2017

Full-time archaeologist Jodi Magness digs into teaching religion at UNC (The Daily Tar Heel)
January 27, 2017

Jodi Magness honored at the UNC Board of Trustees meeting for her role in the National Geographic television series, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
January 26, 2017

Ancient Skeleton Yields Earliest Diagnosis Of Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease In China (Forbes)
January 24, 2017

Ruins discovered near Sea of Galilee could be rare medieval synagogue (
January 23, 2017

Possible Medieval ‘Synagogue’ Uncovered Near Sea of Galilee (LiveScience)
January 23, 2017

Noah’s ark mosaic – One of the 9 Biggest Archaeology Findings of 2016 (LiveScience)
January 2, 2017

Thanksgiving Turkeys May Have Been Tamed 1,500 Years Ago in Mexico (New York Times)
November 24, 2016

Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago (Science Daily)
November 22, 2016

Centuries old meets high tech. RLA researchers and students are building a 3D virtual museum of North Carolina archaeology (UNC Spotlight)
October 25, 2016

Archaeology and the Huqoq mosaics. Listen to Professor Jodi Magness talk about the importance of archaeology and her work at Huqoq in Israel (Well Said)
October 21, 2016

This Drone Could Find the Lost Colony of Roanoke (The Daily Beast)
October 17, 2016

Carving Creativity. UNC anthropologist Silvia Tomášková studies South African rock engravings (Endeavors)
October 17, 2016

A Teacher Digs Deeper. Cicek Beeby (Classics Dept), Archaeology in Ancient Crete, and Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Carolina Arts & Sciences, Fall 2016)
October 7, 2016