Archaeology Center

Archaeology Center

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The Archaeology Center's facilities are located in University Hall, and include a climate-controlled library with more than 20,000 volumes. It features large antiquities, such as an ancient Egyptian coffin, a priceless Classical Greek vessel by the so-called Baltimore Painter, a Roman bust and a mediaeval Spanish statue.

Next door to the library is a small museum which houses several specialized collections, notably ancient Egyptian and classical Greek and Roman artifacts. The room also consists of a separate library dedicated to classical numismatics, a research tool that accompanies the large assemblage of Greek, Roman and Near Eastern coins.

Thousands of artifacts that illustrate the various cultural periods of the Classical Lands and the Near East as well as study sherds from each period are housed in the main museum. A reception room, photography and pottery reconstruction room and a web lab are also part of the center. In addition to the Egyptian and Greco-Roman cabinets, other collection highlights include: 

  • "Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia," illustrated with clay plaques from the time of Hammurabi
  • "The History of Writing," displays some of the earliest cuneiform tablets ever discovered
  • Pottery assemblages from the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze periods
  • A collection of Prehistoric stone tools, some of which are more than 100,000 years old and are especially popular with young visitors

The Center sponsors and subsidizes student participation in summer excavation experiences at several Near Eastern and Mediterranean area sites, especially at Megiddo where we are members of the consortium team.