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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

Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) featured in the “Dead Sea Scrolls scholar flushes out mystery” by The Jerusalem Post
June 8, 2021

Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) interviewed about the “Myths of Masada” on The Ancients podcast
February 13, 2021

Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) interviewed about “Besieging Masada” on The Ancients podcast
February 6, 2021

Vincas Steponaitis (RLA and Anthropology) appointed to the Preservation Technology and Training Board, a Federal commission that advises the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
February 5, 2021

Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) featured in UNC’s Working on Women in Science
October 1, 2020

Excavating the past to serve the future (College of Arts and Sciences Synergy Unleashed)
June 3, 2020

Steve Davis (RLA) earns prestigious Massey Award for outstanding service (The Well Campus News)
May 20, 2020

Congratulations Archaeology Graduates — Class of 2020
May 9, 2020

Archaeology major Chloe Scattergood talks about pivotal moments (UNC Endeavors) 
April 22, 2020

Animals that Fueled the World (UNC Endeavors)
April 16, 2020

Finally, a Fitting Museum for the Ancients (Carolina Alumni Review)
April 3, 2020

Heather Lapham (RLA) and Greg Waselkov announce their new book Bears: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Perspectives in Native Eastern North America
January 16, 2020

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