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

Heather Lapham (RLA) to give Keynote Talk at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference (MAAC) meetings
February 23, 2018

Heather Lapham (RLA) elected to the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Board of Directors
February 13, 2018

Anna Agbe-Davies (Anthropology) on team awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant
February 12, 2018

Dylan Clark joins the Research Laboratories of Archaeology as the new Program Director for InHerit
February 6, 2018

Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) interviewed on The Not Old – Better Show (Smithsonian Associates Interview Series)
February 1, 2018

Dale Hutchinson (Anthropology) receives a 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for his new book, Disease and Discrimination: Poverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America.
January 31, 3018

InHerit awarded National Geographic Society Grant for Yucatec Cenotes Heritage and Conservation Project
January 18,2018

Was trading by nomads crucial to the rise of cities? (Science Magazine)
December 21, 2017

Scott Madry’s (Curriculum in Archaeology) work continues as a Fulbright Specialist to share his mapping expertise with the University of Cape Town’s SpaceLab
December 7, 2017

Steve Davis and RLA’s Catawba Project featured in American Archaeology Magazine (Fall 2017)
December 5, 2017

Native narratives (University Gazette)
November 16, 2017

Steve Davis (RLA) and archaeology students featured in Chancellor Folt’s updates with the campus community video (1:10-minute mark)
October 12, 2017

A Monumental Dig: The Azoria Project on Crete (Carolina Arts and Sciences Magazine)
October 10, 2017

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