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

Virtual archaeology tour brings campus history to life (Carolina in the News: Discover Campus Life)
March 22, 2019

RLA featured twice (:45 and 1:22 marks) in new video of UNC Provost Bob Blouin talking about Carolina Excellence
March 18, 2019

Virtual archaeology tour brings campus history to life (University Gazette)
March 14, 2019

Anna Agbe-Davies (Anthropology) uncovers little-known histories of African-American women (UNC Impact on our State)
February 27, 2019

Yucatec Cenotes project is underway in Mexico
February 8, 2019

Students in Margaret Scarry’s (RLA) archaeobotany course analyze archaeological plant samples (UNC Research)
November 29, 2018

Check out the Research Laboratories of Archaeology’s snazzy new infographic (Endeavors)
November 29, 2018

Man-eating fish, Tower of Babel revealed on ancient mosaic (National Geographic)
November 15, 2018

Steve Davis (RLA) discusses an archaeological discovery at the Carolina Inn and how he uses 3D technology to preserve moments in time (UNC WellSaid)
November 7, 2018

Conserving sacred portals of the Yucatán (Carolina Arts and Sciences Magazine)
October 17, 2018

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