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Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

Ph.D. Concentration in the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World is a new Ph.D. concentration in the School of Anthropology that focuses on the material remains of the cultures of the Mediterranean basin and littoral, situating these peoples within their broader cultural and ecological contexts. The University of Arizona offers a unique graduate program with an unusually broad spectrum of courses and faculty from a variety of disciplines. The regional foci of the current faculty in this concentration include Italian, Greek, and Cypriot prehistory; Greece in the first millennium BCE; early Italy and the Roman Empire; Turkey and the Levant in the Paleolithic period as well as during the second and first millenia B.C.; and ancient Egypt. There are many on-going Arizona field projects in the Mediterranean in which students may participate and gain valuable field experience. In addition, there are numerous opportunities at the University of Arizona for the study of scientific applications in archaeology. The newly established Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment ( offers opportunities for students to engage with scholars on a wide range of projects. Students will work in consultation with faculty members to develop a suitable program of study, tailored to individual interests and choosing from many course offerings. In addition, all students selecting this concentration are strongly encouraged to develop ties to other relevant disciplines such as Classics and History, while drawing on anthropological method and theory to inform their study.

Students selecting this concentration are required to obtain ancient language proficiency, meaning demonstrated reading knowledge in one or more ancient Mediterranean language(s), such as Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Greek, or Latin, depending on the student’s research specialization. This proficiency can be demonstrated through a reading exam with the aid of a dictionary or the successful completion, with a grade of B or above, of at least one graduate level course (500 level or above) in the ancient language. In addition, Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate a solid reading knowledge of at least one of the following modern languages that are crucial to the pursuit of serious research in Mediterranean archaeology: French, German, Italian, Arabic, or Modern Greek. This proficiency can be demonstrated by passing a reading examination, or by successfully completing at least two years of college-level courses with grades of B or better for an Indo-European language or 1 ½ years of course work for a non Indo-European language.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members in the concentration whose research interests align with theirs.

For Program Requirements Please See the Graduate Handbook


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For further information, please contact Dr. Emma Blake,