Archaeology at GW

Sunrise at excavations at Megiddo, Israel, 2014

Archaeology at GW focuses on both Old and New Worlds and concerns issues of state formation, power, and human origins. The B.A. program in Archaeology provides one of the few degrees in this discipline offered in the United States.


Academic Programs

Undergraduates can study archaeology at GW either through the interdisciplinary programs in that field, or as part of the four-field major program in Anthropology.

Graduate students can focus on archaeology within the M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Anthropology programs and the Ph.D. program in Human Paleobiology.


Capitol Archaeological Institute

The Capitol Archaeological Institute aims to protect and preserve cultural heritage by utilizing the multitude of diplomatic and governmental resources in the DC area. In addition, CAI sponsors lectures, academic programs, and research opportunities.


Slave Wrecks Project

The Slave Wrecks Project uses maritime archaeology to advance global scholarly and public understanding of the international slave trade. It is involved not just in excavations but in education and creating capacity for local research and heritage management.


Field and Laboratory Work


Archaeology Faculty (full-time)

Jeffrey Blomster Mexican prehistory, rise of complex societies, symbolism and ideology.
David Braun East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.
Alison Brooks Early modern humans, ethnoarchaeology, geochronology.
Eric Cline Bronze Age and Iron Age archaeology, trade and international relations in the ancient Mediterranean.
Stephen Lubkemann Underwater archaeology.

Archaeology Faculty (visiting and research)

Nancy Benco Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Islamic archaeology, ceramic analysis.
Alexis Catsambis Maritime archaeology, ships and seafaring, cultural resource management, historic preservation.
Pamela Cressey Historical archaeology, community archaeology, preservation planning.
Susan Johnston Irish and Iron Age archaeology, archaeology of religion and ritual, petroglyphs and rock art.
Briana Pobiner Paleolithic archaeology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, faunal analysis.
Jeffrey Splitstoser Textile analysis, Andean prehistory.
David Thulman Paleoindian and underwater archaeology; landmark-based geometric morphometric analysis; processes of regionalization; NAGPRA and repatriation.

 

Underwater Excavation

Justine Benanty, maritime archaeologist for GW's Slave Wrecks Project, works on shipwreck in Biscayne National Park, FL.

GW researcher Justine Benanty investigates wreck in Florida