Archaeology

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • M.A.

Subjects

  • Archaeology (M.A.)

Major concentrations

  • African Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus, & Eurasia
  • Latin American & Caribbean Archaeology
  • Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology
  • North American Archaeology
  • South & East Asian Archaeology
  • Stone-age archaeology

Minor concentrations

  • Archaeological Science
  • Economy & Exchange
  • Identity
  • Intercultural Engagement
  • Landscape & Environment
  • Materiality
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Politics & Complexity
  • Ritual & Religion
  • Visual Culture

The Master of Arts program in archaeology is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students, including those who want to prepare for entering a Ph.D. program; those who intend to pursue nonacademic careers in such areas as small-museum curation, historic preservation, and public archaeology; and international archaeologists who want advanced training not available in their home country. Students from countries in which Cornell archaeologists are active are particularly welcome to apply.

Students are expected to (1) attain a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of a particular culture area, a specific topic, or an analytical specialty and of relevant techniques, methods, and theoretical approaches; (2) gain a basic understanding in a minor, which may be in any field in the Graduate School; and (3) demonstrate competence in a language or analytical skill pertinent to the area of specialization. Degree requirements for the M.A. include a thesis, an oral or oral and written comprehensive examination, and completion of at least two residence units.

Application:
Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a sample of their work (generally one or two papers) for review by the admissions committee.

Annetta Alexandridis -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Identity; Visual Culture; Museums and Heritage ; Research interests: Greek and Roman art; gender studies; archaeology and photography; plaster casts
Benjamin W. Anderson -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Identity; Ritual & Religion; Visual Culture; Research interests:
Caitlin Barrett -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Economy & Exchange; Identity; Visual Culture; Research interests: classical archaeology; egyptology
Sherene Baugher -- Concentrations: North American Archaeology; Identity; Landscape & Environment; Museums and Heritage ; Research interests: historical archaeology; urban archaeology; North American archaeology
Ananda Cohen Suarez -- Concentrations: Latin American & Caribbean Archaeology; Landscape & Environment; Ritual & Religion; Visual Culture; Research interests: Archaeology of colonialism; Andes; historical archaeology; visual and material culture
Magnus Fiskesjo -- Concentrations: South & East Asian Archaeology; Intercultural Engagement; Politics & Complexity; Museums and Heritage ; Research interests: state formation; core-periphery dynamics; religion and sacrifice; museums and heritage; East and Southeast Asia
Frederic Gleach -- Concentrations: Latin American & Caribbean Archaeology; North American Archaeology; Materiality; Visual Culture; Museums and Heritage ; Research interests: archaeology of colonial contexts; museums and material culture; technology studies; history of archaeology; North Africa and the Caribbean
Kathryn Gleason -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Intercultural Engagement; Landscape & Environment; Visual Culture; Research interests: landscape and garden archaeology; design history; conservation of archaeological sites
John Henderson -- Concentrations: Latin American & Caribbean Archaeology; Intercultural Engagement; Politics & Complexity; Visual Culture; Research interests: complex societies; settlement patterns; ceramics; New World, especially Mesoamerica
Kurt Jordan -- Concentrations: North American Archaeology; Economy & Exchange; Intercultural Engagement; Politics & Complexity; Research interests: Iroquois archaeology and history, historical archaeology of indigenous peoples, colonialism and cultural entanglement
Lori Khatchadourian -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus, & Eurasia; Landscape & Environment; Materiality; Politics & Complexity; Research interests:
Sturt Manning -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Archaeological Science; Politics & Complexity; Visual Culture; Research interests: Aegean, Cypriot and East Mediterranean prehistory; classical archaelology; dendrochronology; radiocarbon dating; climate change and history
Lauren Monroe -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Identity; Intercultural Engagement; Ritual & Religion; Research interests: ancient Israelite social history; history of Israelite religion; Syro-Palestinian archaeology; history of the composition of the Hebrew bible
Christopher Monroe -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Research interests: Bronte Age trade and economics; maritime archaeology; assyrialogy; egyptology
Verity Platt -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Materiality; Ritual & Religion; Visual Culture; Research interests:
Eric Rebillard -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Identity; Ritual & Religion; Research interests: Roman history, Lake Antiquita, Early Christianity
Nerissa Russell -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus, & Eurasia; Archaeological Science; Landscape & Environment; Ritual & Religion; Research interests: European and Near Eastern prehistory; zooarchaeology and role of animals
Adam Smith -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus, & Eurasia; Landscape & Environment; Materiality; Politics & Complexity; Research interests: ancient Eurasia and the caucasus; archaeological theory
Barry Strauss -- Concentrations: Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; Politics & Complexity; Research interests: Greek and Roman history; political, social, intellectual, and military history
Thomas Volman -- Concentrations: African Archaeology; Archaeological Science; Economy & Exchange; Landscape & Environment; Research interests: stone-age archaeology; quantitative methods; Old World, especially southern Africa

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

John Coleman -- Concentrations: Research interests: Greek archaeology and art
Peter Kuniholm -- Concentrations: Research interests: dendrochronology; Greek Dark Ages; Iron Age in Anatolia; archaeometry; numismatics
Andrew Ramage -- Concentrations: Research interests: Greek and Roman archaeology; western Anatolian archaeology; Greek pottery

Archaeology Goals

  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing archaeological scholarship
    Show understanding of the history and current methods and
    theories in archaeology
  • Keep abreast of current advances in one's field and related
    areas
  • Show commitment to professional development through
    engagement in professional societies and other modes of
    knowledge exchange
  • Show commitment to sustaining a productive learning
    environment, through teaching, collaboration, mentoring,
    and/or other means

More information about assessment in the graduate field of archaeology.