Mediterranean Archaeology & Art

Mediterranean Archaeology and Art is a concentration in the Art History program. Through this course of study students gain an understanding the cultures of Greece, Rome and the ancient Near East. The curriculum includes courses in the archaeology and history of those areas (Cla and Clc courses) in the ancient world plus appropriate work in art history and anthropology. Students with interests in graduate studies in this area are strongly encouraged to begin the study of one or more modern foreign languages early in their academic program. Study in ancillary disciplines such as Geography and Planning and Geology can also be integrated into the program.


Class sizes in the concentration are generally in the range of 20-30 students and cover such topics as the art and archaeology of Cyprus, Greek architecture and Roman sculpture. Ancient history at the University is also taught as part of the curriculum. The emphasis in the program is on the material culture of the ancient word in its economic, political and social context. For students completing the undergraduate concentration, graduate work is available in the Master's Program in Classical Archaeology.

Credit-bearing practical experiences

There are several varieties of practical experiences related to the Mediterranean Archaeology and Art Concentration offered by the University. Two summer field excavation projects are managed by faculty in the concentration, one at a Bronze Age prehistoric site on Cyprus (contact: Professor Swiny) and the other at a Roman legionary base on the Danube in Serbia (contact: Professor Werner). Archaeological internships can be arranged on an individual basis at cultural institutions in the Albany area such as the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Internships are also possible in connection with cultural resource management for the City of Albany through the City Archaeologist's Office (contact: Professor Werner).