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UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Founded in 1939, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) was the first center for the study of North Carolina archaeology.  Serving the interests of students, scholars, and the general public, it is currently one of the leading institutes for archaeological teaching and research in the South.  Located within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, it is the administrative home of the interdepartmental Curriculum in Archaeology, and provides support for faculty and students working throughout the Americas and overseas, including research associates working areas of classical, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern archaeology.


Dig@Lab – A digital archaeology initiative at Duke University

The name Dig@Lab recalls the main goal of this research lab, which is “digging for information”, looking for new interpretations at the intersection of archaeology, cybernetics, heritage, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, art and history.
More specifically, we are interested in investigating how the information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations. We like to say that the past cannot be “reconstructed” but “simulated”, then performed by digital simulations.
The Dig@Lab has its home at Visual Studies (Smith Warehouse Bay 10) but it collaborates with several different departments at Duke such as Classical Studies, Nicholas School, Computer Science and Institute for Brain Science.

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Duke Center for Late Ancient Studies (CLAS)

CLAS seeks to promote the interdisciplinary study of the culture of the Roman Empire, its neighbors and successors, from the second to the eighth century C.E.  The Center was formally established in 2000, as a successor to the Late Ancient Studies Forum. The Forum, created in 1986, has gained international recognition through its sponsorship of a distinguished annual lecture series. Taking up the heritage of the Forum, the Center for Late Ancient Studies acts as an intellectual focus for the graduate students and faculty from different departments with shared historical commitment. In addition to the annual lecture series, the Center is active in creating and maintaining reading and discussion groups as well as in arranging conferences. Closely collaborating with colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center also aims at establishing substantive inter-institutional links with neighboring universities.


UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Working Group on Early Mediterranean Societies

The IRSS Faculty Working Group on Early Mediterranean Societies brings together various disciplines to promote an integrated study of these societies through presentations by group members of their own research, discussion of common readings, and lectures by outside speakers. The focus of this group is cultural diffusion and societal interconnections, but any interdisciplinary subject falls within the group’s purview. . The H.W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary social science university institute (founded in 1924), sponsors each semester a number of interdisciplinary working groups open to all interested UNC faculty; most groups also welcome graduate students. These groups meet regularly to discuss common research themes or methodological concerns and may develop common research proposals. For information, contact Donald Haggis at 962-7640.


North Carolina (Triangle Area) Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America

The North Carolina chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America offers an annual program of lectures and seminars—derived from the national chapter and local academic departments—bringing together local lay membership of the AIA with archaeology, classics, and ancient history faculty and students from The University of North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State University.



The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities; the number of member institutions has now grown to over 100. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art. ICCS has received generous aid from the Danforth Foundation, The Old Dominion Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, as well as the continuing support of a consortium of colleges and universities, and contributions from former students.

A Managing Committee elected by the consortium colleges and universities determines the curriculum and selects the faculty, students, and scholarship recipients. The Managing Committee has arranged for administration of the Intercollegiate Center to be handled by Duke University’s Global Education Office for Undergraduates.


Duke Archaeological Field Practicum in Crete

The Duke University Department of Classical Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, in association with the Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field studies program on the island of Crete.

Based at the site of the Azoria Project, this program introduces students to diverse aspects of an archaeological excavation in Greece, including the stages of recovery, processing and primary study of the artifacts recovered, and interpretation of those objects. The program serves to increase students’ knowledge of the general archaeology of Greece in general and Crete in specific, including the periods and cultures to be found at the Azoria site itself. In addition, students are involved in projects aimed at educating the public about the site and at contributing to the conservation of valuable cultural heritage.

The Azoria Project ( is the on-going excavation of an ancient Greek city (7th-6th c.  B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. Excavations planned for 2014 will investigate the transition from the Early Iron Age (1200-700 B.C.) to Archaic periods (700-500 B.C.) at the site, the early development of the city, and the material correlates for emerging social and political institutions. The excavation constitutes the first case study of the political economy of Archaic Crete, while augmenting our knowledge of the agropastoral resource base of Aegean communities in early stages of urbanization.

Azoria Project 2015 General Information Sheet

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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Duke Classical Collection, begun in 1964 by Duke University’s Department of Classical Studies, combined with the Nasher Museum’s holdings now comprises over 300 works from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Etruria that span in date from 2800 BCE to 300 CE. In 2006, the Nasher Museum was given an important collection of 224 Greek works, mostly ceramics, but also bronze, gold, amber and a few small marble pieces, ranging from the Cycladic and Mycenaean periods to the Hellenistic Greco-Roman era.

The Duke Classical Collection was published in 1994 by Duke Classics professor Keith Stanley (A Generation of Antiquities: The Duke Classical Collection 1964-1994, now accessible online). The catalogue for the 2006 gift, titled The Past is Present and edited by Duke Professors Sheila Dillon and Carla Antonaccio, was published in November 2011 and is currently available for purchase in the Nasher Museum store or from Duke Press.


Ackland Art Museum (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important artistic resources. Located on S. Columbia Street, near the Franklin Street intersection in downtown Chapel Hill, the Ackland is an academic unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves broad local, state, and national constituencies. The museum’s collection consists of more than 16,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), plus significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery. Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year.


UNC Chapel Hill Archaeology Seminar Room

The Archaeology Seminar Room (Murphey Hall 220) houses the antiquities collection of the Department of Classics. The collection consists of some 130 whole objects and hundreds of potsherds, lithics, glass, and fragmentary artifacts, representing a number of cultures and periods in the Aegean, Cyprus, Egypt, Anatolia and the ancient Near East. The assemblage was derived from private donors, former UNC faculty, and other scholars associated with the Department: William Dale, James P. Harland, Berthe Marti, Eben Alexander, and Henry and Sarah Immerwahr. Special collections include the Frederick Oswin Waagé III Antioch collection, consisting of Hellenistic and Roman lamps and table wares from excavations at Antioch on the Orontes in Syria; and the Takey Crist Collection of Cypriot antiquities. The Classics antiquities collections comprise an important teaching tool for a variety of graduate and undergraduate seminars in ancient art and classical and Mediterranean archaeology.


The UNC Chapel Hill Crist Collection

Dr. Takey Crist, a UNC alumnus and founder of the Crist Clinic for Women in Jacksonville, N.C., in 2008, donated to the Department of Classics a collection of rare books on Cypriot, Greek, and eastern Mediterranean history and archaeology; and a unique assemblage of Cypriot antiquities. The rare books are now housed in the Rare Books department of Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC.

The collection of antiquities consists of 40 artifacts, mostly pottery and sculpture, representing nearly 2000 years of Cypriot history from the Early Bronze Age to the Classical period (late 3rd millennium B.C. to ca. 500 B.C.). The permanent home for the Crist Collection is the Archaeology Seminar Room of the Classics department in Murphey Hall, where the artifacts are displayed for public view and used for teaching and hands-on training in undergraduate and graduate seminars in archaeology. The Classics department is grateful to Dr. Crist for this gift to UNC’s archaeology program, and for his continuing support of Greek studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Crist received his B.A. in Philosophy (1959) and M.D. (1965) from UNC. His interest in Greek archaeology stems from his Cypriot parentage, and his life-long study of Greek and Cypriot history and culture. Dr. Crist was a student of James P. Harland, who was the first classical archeologist at UNC (hired in 1922) and a distinguished world-renowned Greek archaeologist and Aegean prehistorian.

For more information on the Crist Collection contact:

Donald Haggis, Department of Classics (919-951-8197
Professor of Classical Archaeology
Nicholas A. Cassas Term Professor of Greek Studies


Aegean Archaeology (journal)

Aegean Archaeology, published semi-annually by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, is co-edited by Donald Haggis in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The journal encourages contributions that concern the Aegean world – the cultures and societies that comprised the civilizations of the Aegean basin and its bordering regions, principally the Greek and Anatolian Aegean in the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Archaic periods.


Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (journal)

GRBS is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal devoted to the culture and history of Greece from Antiquity to the Renaissance, featuring research on all aspects of the Hellenic world from prehistoric antiquity through the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods, including studies of modern classical scholarship.


Hanes Art Center Visual Resources Library, UNC Chapel Hill

The Department of Art’s Visual Resources Library houses a teaching collection of more than 230,000 slides, 40,000 photographs, and a growing number of digital images. The facility also includes some 10,000 images of the Classics department archaeology collection. Undergraduates and graduate students are permitted to use collection materials for projects and course presentations.


Project Dyabola

DYABOLA is a navigable and source-oriented text and image registration system, which is equipped with a semantic network, a syntax generator and a data- scrolling machine. The system was developed for the humanities and the arts, which seldom find their way to a binding, irrefutable statement concerning historical documents and monuments. In particular it is the developments and the changes in approach procedures, which frequently appear more thrilling than the objects themselves.

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