Ph.D. Program in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology traces its origins to the founding of the College in 1885 and assumed its status as an independent department in 1914 with the appointment of Rhys Carpenter (1913-1955), after whom the award-winning art and archaeology library is named. Among comparable programs in North America, this department has a distinctive shape and strengths that are, 在很大程度上, products of the way it has grown in the past hundred and thirty years. Its most remarkable and distinctive features are its autonomy and its breadth.

这个部门是 的 研究生 Group in Archaeology, Classics and History of Art, which brings together faculty and students to encourage interdisciplinary study. While each department awards its own degrees, the 研究生 Group creates a collaborative 研究 environment and promotes a strong scholarly community among all of its graduate students.


的 Department offers graduate students the opportunity to study the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East and to explore the interconnected histories and cultures of these areas. It is expected that students will take a broad range of courses in these fields as they develop their programs of study in their major and allied subjects. Allied subjects are ancient languages (including Greek and Latin at Bryn Mawr and Sumerian, 阿卡德人的, 乌加里特人的, and Hittite at the University of Pennsylvania), 历史上的艺术, 城市研究, 古老的历史, 人类学, or archaeological sciences related to the program of the student.


研究生课程, which stresses both breadth and depth of study, has prepared students for successful careers in a variety of fields, 包括教学, 研究, 出版, and work in museums and foundations.

研究生 instruction takes the form of seminars and tutorial units of supervised study. It is expected that students will take a broad range of courses as they develop their programs of study in their major and allied subjects. Students are required to take one interdisciplinary seminar (GSem), which is offered by the faculty of the 研究生 Group. 的y are also required to pass a reading examination in two modern languages, 通常在德国, 法语或意大利语, to demonstrate their readiness to conduct 研究 to international standards. 的 two weekly series of lectures — the Classics Colloquium and the colloquium of the Center for Visual Culture — allow students to hear prominent speakers discuss their current 研究 project and to engage with them in an informal atmosphere. Students are able to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania through a reciprocal agreement and also, 通过特殊安排, at Princeton University and other institutions in the area. Students are encouraged to take part in 实地考察项目 sponsored by the College and by other institutions, as well as to undertake 研究 abroad.

Additionally, the archaeology graduate students annually organize the C. Densmore柯蒂斯讲座, selecting a speaker to give a public lecture and hold a seminar for the students.


里斯•卡彭特库 is named for the renowned classical archaeologist who taught at Bryn Mawr from 1913 through 1955. 它容纳了大约125人,000 volumes and 500 periodical titles supporting 研究 in archaeology, 历史上的艺术, 经典, 和城市研究. It also houses a plaster cast collection of ancient Greek sculpture and reliefs. Additional materials and collections, such as rare books and manuscripts, are held in 凯纳迪库, the main library of the College.

的 Ella Riegel Memorial Study Collection holds an excellent and diverse teaching collection of material in many media that permits students to work first-hand with objects such as coins, 近东海豹, Greek and Roman pottery and ceramics from much of the Mediterranean area, including collections from excavated sites. 考古集合, built steadily since the nineteenth century, attracts 研究 scholars in archaeology from around the world.


金融援助 is available through the 研究生 School of Arts and Science, the 研究生 Group, and the Department. Funding takes the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. Departmental support is available for travel undertaken for 研究, fieldwork or for participation in professional conferences.