What types of archaeology do archaeology majors study at The College of Wooster?

Wooster offers a robust curriculum in both anthropological (or prehistoric) archaeology and historical archaeology. The program is designed both for majors and those students with an interest in archaeology as a significant, but not a major, emphasis in their liberal arts education. Wooster graduates make significant contributions to the field of archaeology, working in archaeology jobs at the National Park Service, in academia and as museum curators. Fieldwork is a highlight for many students, and recent projects have taken faculty and students to North Carolina, Connecticut, Illinois, and other U.S. locations, as well as Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Cyprus, Italy, Romania, Israel, and Jordan.

Archaeology at The College of Wooster

As they identify unique achievements and recurrent patterns in past societies, Wooster archaeologists take courses in languages, linguistics, art, literature, religion, history, anthropology and economics. The physical sciences are also an emphasis, and students take courses in geology, chemistry, and biology. Wooster students in archaeology experience the whole range of the discipline, from classroom studies, to fieldwork and lab research, to a formal presentation of the results in Independent Study and at academic conferences.

Faculty & Staff

Shelley Judge

Shelley Judge

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences; Liaison to the Data Exploration & Communication Pathway


Kara Morrow

Kara Morrow

Associate Professor, Art and Art History


Olivia C. Navarro-Farr portrait

Olivia Navarro-Farr

Associate Professor of Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology; Program Chair for Archaeology


Margaret Ng

Wee-Siang Margaret Ng

Associate Professor of History; Archaeology; Chinese Studies; Program Chair of East Asian Studies; Co-Liaison to the Public Health Pathway


Siavash Samei

Siavash Samei

Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology, Middle Eastern & North African Studies


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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Josephine Shaya

Associate Professor of Classical Studies


Greg Wiles

Gregory Wiles

Schoolroy Chair of Natural Resources; Professor of Earth Sciences; Archaeology (on leave calendar year 2023)


Latest Archaeology News

Vivian Holliday, emerita professor of classical studies

Wooster mourns passing of Vivian Holliday, first female dean of faculty and emerita professor of classical studies

Vivian Holliday, emerita professor of classical studies at The College of Wooster passed away on Dec. 24, 2022, in Wooster, Ohio. Holliday, who began […]

Olivia C. Navarro-Farr

Wooster’s Navarro-Farr and Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ team discover Stela 51 and Burial 110: a royal tomb at El Perú-Waka’ site in Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala

Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, associate professor of archaeology and anthropology at The College of Wooster and co-director of the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) team from […]

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Wooster Science Café resumes for spring season Feb. 1

A new season of the Wooster Science Café kicks off Feb. 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by The College of Wooster and The […]

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Wooster Archaeology Student Colloquium presents Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 23

The College of Wooster’s Archaeology Student Colloquium will host Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 23 on the Scot Center Promenade. The event, in celebration […]

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The major in archaeology consists of 14 courses: eight in archaeological perspectives and methods (including three of Independent Study), plus six in one of the following areas of emphasis: anthropology, art, classical studies, history or geology.

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A minor in archaeology requires completion of six courses: two introductory courses on archaeology and the methods and theory of archaeology, followed by four courses from interdisciplinary options that include history, anthropology, sociology and Latin.

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Independent Study

Independent Study (I.S.) at Wooster provides a chance for each student to pursue in depth an area of their own choosing, with the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member.  Many archaeology students elect to do their I.S. projects on laboratory or field studies in which they have engaged.  The Archaeology Department encourages students to present their I.S. work at regional or national professional meetings, such as the Central States Anthropological Society or the Society for American Archaeology, or at student colloquia on campus.  Students find that I.S. prepares them well for graduate study.

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African Queens: The Unknown Voices of the Archaeological Record​

Name: Raena Gamble Major: Archaeology Minors: Classical Studies, Art History Advisors: Dr. Siavash Samei The marginalization of female voices is a common occurrence throughout […]

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Rockin’ Cities Underground: An Urban Morphological Lens in the Archaeological Cavate Sites of Derinkuyu and Naours

Name: Anabelle Andersen Majors: Archaeology and Art History Advisors: Siavash Samei and Kara Morrow The underground cities of Derinkuyu and Naours, respectively found in Turkey and […]

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Narrative and Image as Memory: An Alternate History of the Alton Piasa Mural Using Indigenous Contexts

Name: Natalia V. Moonier Major: Archaeology Advisor: Olivia C. Navarro-Farr and Siavash Samei (second reader) The present study examines the history and Indigenous context […]

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Reconsidering the Late Woodland: A Critical Reassessment of Perception and Periodization in the Ohio Valley, 400-1000 CE

Name: Devin A. Henson Major: Archaeology Minor: Earth Sciences Advisors: Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Siavash Samei (second reader) The Late Woodland period in eastern North […]


Many students take courses in archaeology simply because of an interest in the subject, but some do so in preparation for careers in teaching, museum curatorship, or field archaeology. Some recent examples:

  • One graduate is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, and participated in archaeological field research in Cyprus, Kosovo, and the U.S. while at Wooster. The student’s doctoral dissertation examines the political and religious landscape of Cyprus in the Iron Age.
  • Another graduate works in the Cultural Resources department at a civil engineering firm in Columbus, Ohio and is on the board of the Clintonville Historical Society, through which she does community outreach regarding the history and archaeology of her neighborhood.
  • Another Wooster graduate received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship that supported her first three years in the Ph.D program in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She conducted excavations in the Yucatan region of Mexico for her doctoral dissertation research, and received her Ph.D. in 2019.
  • Many Wooster graduates are employed as park rangers and in other similar positions at the National Park Service, including at Tonto National Monument in Arizona and the Natchez Trail Parkway in Mississippi. Wooster graduates are well known at highly regarded graduate programs in archeology, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Jade Robison’s work as an archeologist at the National Park Service’s Tonto National Monument in Arizona, with 100 active archeological sites, is most definitely […]

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Major Discovery of Royal Tomb Has Strong Wooster Ties

“Burial 80” found at site where professor Olivia Navarro-Farr leads a U.S.-Guatemalan archaeological project

Prizes & Scholarships

The Vivian L. Holliday Prize

The Vivian L. Holliday Prize was established in 1999 in honor of Vivian L. Holliday, Dean of the Faculty from 1977-1985 and Aylesworth Professor, Classical Studies, History, and Archeology, emerita, from 1961 until her retirement in 1999. This prize is awarded annually to the senior whose work in Independent Study in history, classical studies, or archaeology has been judged most outstanding.

  • Ellie Howel 2019-“Singing in the Margins: Manifestations of Professional Identity and Creative Agency in Viking Age Oval Brooches”
  • Alina Karapandzich 2018-“Zero to Hero: Elite Burials and Hero Cults in Early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus”
  • Hannah Matulek 2017. “Great Spirits of All Who Lived Before”: Exploring the Original People of the Americas Through the Examination of Paleoindian Skeletal Remains
  • James Torpy 2015. Sacred and Mortuary Landscapes in Iron Age Cyprus: A GIS Analysis
  • Stephanie Bosch 2014 – (Archaeology and Geology) “Lithic Raw Material Procurement at the Prehistoric Wansack Site (36ME61) in Mercer County, Pennsylvania: Evidence for Mobility and Trade Patterns from the Archaic to the Late Prehistoric in Elemental XRF Data