The diversity and strengths of NYU faculty engaged in archaeological fieldwork, post-excavation analysis, and broader research on material culture make for a Classical Archaeology track with breadth in course offerings. Within the Classics Department, Joan Breton Connelly (Classical Archaeology), Barbara Kowalzig (Archaic and Classical Greece and the Mediterranean), Andrew Monson (Hellenistic World), Michael Peachin (Roman Empire), David Levene (Historiography), Raffaella Cribiore (Late Antiquity), Alessandro Barchiesi (Literary Texts and Cultural Production), David Konstan (Aesthetics, Beauty, Emotions), David Sider (Text and Image, Gender and Sexuality) and Peter Meineck (Mythology, Ancient Drama and Theaters) all engage with objects, images, monuments and their meanings. Archaeological evidence, works of art, inscriptions, papyri, coins, armor, medical instruments, maps and documents are taught within their full historical, economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Beyond the Classics Department, Archaeology students enjoy a wide array of seminars offered at NYU at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the Institute of Fine Arts, the Departments of History, Anthropology, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies, as well as programs in Museum Studies and Hellenic Studies within NYU.
The Department of Classics has its own excavation and field school, directed by Joan Connelly on Yersinos Island, Cyprus, where graduate students can gain first hand experience in Prehistoric, Hellenistic, and Byzantine Archaeology. We also place students on other excavations throughout the Mediterranean, Near East, and Egypt. Many of our students go on to spend a year in Greece as regular and associate members of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Internship opportunities are available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, and we have regular exchanges with the nearby American Numismatic Society for the study of ancient coins. Graduate students have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants in our undergraduate history and archaeology classes.