Archaeological Research at FSU
The Classics Department at Florida State supports an impressive range of cutting edge archaeological research on the greater ancient Mediterranean world, from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity. Faculty have published on the archaeology of Italy, Greece, Britain, France, Anatolia, the Near East, and the Black Sea regions. Faculty research reflects the full spectrum of current theoretical perspectives in the field of Mediterranean archaeology—from the humanist traditions of art history to anthropological perspectives on society and culture. This research is conducted on a range of archaeological remains (everyday material culture, the visual arts, and architecture) and therefore employs a range of methodological techniques (artifact studies, archaeometry, GIS, and architectural survey). The archaeology faculty also support active work in Digital Humanities, as well as research and training in Cultural Heritage Management and Museum Studies, with student internships such as the Bucher-Loewenstein Museum Internship. The department boasts strengths in research topics, including crafts production, economy, urbanism, rural landscapes, ritual and cult, and ancient imperialism.
The department supports several archaeological fieldwork projects directed by FSU faculty. These projects involve not only the excavations of major ancient sites (Cosa, Corinth, Cetamura del Chianti), but also regional landscape projects (Landscape Archaeology of Southwest Sardinia Project, Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project). The research conducted on these fieldwork projects has trained generations of archaeology students and helped to develop student research projects at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Florida State University is home to a large community of archaeologists, digital humanists, and art historians, and the Classics Archaeology faculty often work collaboratively with these colleagues in other departments and colleges through fieldwork and co-developed student projects.