Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park is an intellectual collaboration among anthropologists, Classicists, art historians, architects, historians, and geologists. This wide network of archaeologists—who know each other’s work, often work together, and respect the disciplines we each belong to—collaborate to provide a Minor in Archaeology for undergraduates. There are MAs in Architecture, Classics, and Anthropology for those who want a graduate degree. And there are doctoral programs in Art History and Archaeology, Anthropology, History, and Geography, any one of which can incorporate archaeology.
Archaeologists at the University see our field through the Classics, history, social scientific anthropology, architecture, and the geospatial sciences, including LiDAR and the use of laser technology.
Because we know each other and each other’s fields within archaeology throughout our 7 departments (Anthropology, Architecture, Art History and Archaeology, Classics, Historic Preservation, History, and Jewish Studies), we welcome each other’s students, particularly at the undergraduate level, and particularly in using the Minor in Archaeology.
Our Departments offer training for archaeologists in architecture, particularly that of ancient Rome. We offer training in Classical archaeology through the Department of Classics. The program in Jewish Studies offers training in Biblical archaeology, as well as a new home for Biblical Archaeology Review.
Wilhelmena Jashemsky in the History Department worked at Pompeii for decades. She founded interdisciplinary archaeology on our campus and brought it to the gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontus, and Bosco Reale. She trained a generation of Italian archaeologists. Our Physics Department played a key role in perfecting thermoluminescent dating under William Hornyak. Kenneth Holum and Lindley Vann made major contributions to the archaeology of Caesarea Maritima.
Marie Spiro, Marjorie Venit, both of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and Robert Rollands, of the Department of Classics, all were noted Classicists who worked in Greek or Roman remains.
Ellis Curly founded forensic anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and trained the country’s leading forensic specialists.
Among us, we have trained several generations of majors, master’s degree holders, and PhDs.
Additional Archaeological Projects at UMD
Stabiae: Restoring Ancient Stabiae (RAS) is an international collaboration between the Superintendency of Pompeii and the UMCP School of Architecture. Its main interest is in the archaeology of late Republican and early Imperial villas three miles south of Pompeii and buried the Vesuvian eruption of A.D. 79. Architectural recording and archaeological work in and on these villas is among the most up-to-date work done on the Ancient Roman world. The excavation and virtual reconstruction of the great Peristyle of the Villa Ariana represents the best in Roman archaeology.
Kenchreai, Corinth, Greece