AAMW Program Overview

The Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World trains students for careers in the art and archaeology of Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations. Drawing on the vast resources of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, AAMW incorporates fieldwork, museum internships, and university instruction into a flexible interdisciplinary program leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. All students accepted into the program are fully funded for a period of at least five years.

The faculty of the AAMW Graduate Group features an extraordinary array of distinguished scholars who represent virtually every major area in the study of antiquity. Most of the faculty are drawn from four departments in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences: Classical Studies, History of Art, Anthropology, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, although the resources of the Graduate School of Design, the Center for Ancient Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies are frequently utilized as well. AAMW students also have the opportunity to take courses at Bryn Mawr, Princeton, and Temple University, which form part of a regional academic consortium with Penn.



Peter Cobb defended his dissertation, “Computational Analyses of Archaeological Ceramics: The Second Millennium BCE Ceramics of the Marmara Lake Basin in Their Western Anatolian Regional Context,” and graduated in August 2016. He has since been hired as the Digital Archaeology Specialist at the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in the Penn Museum. Sarah Beckmann graduated in December 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Statuary Collections in the Late Roman Villas of Hispania and Southwestern Gaul.” Amanda Reiterman also graduated in December 2016 with her dissertation “Keimelia: Objects Curated in the Ancient, Mediterranean (8th–5th Centuries B.C.).” Congratulations!

Sarah, Peter, and Amanda participated in Penn's 261 Commencement on May 15, 2017. They were honored at the ceremony of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harrison Auditorium in the Penn Museum.

Professor Tom Tartaron with Dr. Sarah Beckmann at the reception following the Graduate School commencement ceremony.

Sophie Crawford Waters, Lara Fabian, Reed Goodman, Nurith Goshen, Sam Holzman, Daira Nocera, Steve Renette, and Anna Sitz published articles on their research in 2016, and others have forthcoming articles. Nearly all AAMW students presented their work at conferences around the world, including meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the International Congresses on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE), the Byzantine Studies Conference, the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and many others. 

Several AAMW students won prestigious awards and fellowships. Sophie Crawford Waters won the coveted Irene Rosenzweig/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize for two years of research at the American Academy in Rome. She was also awarded the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for her field research, and a teaching fellowship at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. Steve Renette was awarded the prestigious ASOR Mesopotamian Fellowship 2017 for survey work in the Bazyan Basin in Iraqi Kurdistan. Lara Fabian held a Mellon Foundation- CLIR Dissertation Research Fellowship and a CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship to support research in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Romania, and Bulgaria. She was also named “Best new numismatic writer” by the Numismatic Literary Guild for her article “Cultural Currencies: The Starosselsky Collection: Imperial Histories and Cultural Currencies.” Lucas Stephens received an Andrew W. Mellon Price Lab Fellowship for Penn Doctoral Students, and a Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaboration at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies in order to pursue his project mapping the growth of land-route networks across Anatolia. Kate Morgan received the President Gutmann Leadership Award from GAPSA to present dissertation research at the 10th meeting of the International Congresses on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) in Vienna. James Shackelford was granted a year of graduate funding by the Department of Religious Studies to facilitate his pursuit of a dual AAMW/RELS Ph.D.

Two students were resident in Athens at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2015–2016: Sam Holzman (regular member; Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellow in the History of Architecture), and Anna Sitz (associate member; Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship). Sam currently holds a second-year fellowship at the School.

Sarah Linn (ABD) continues to work part-time at the Penn Museum running two undergraduate programs—the Penn Museum Fellows and the Student Exhibition Internship. Katherine Burge and Petra Creamer have participated in the planning for the renovation of the Middle East Gallery at the Penn Museum. Emily French is currently working on creating a website to display the Penn Museum's Wanamaker Bronze collection.

The Interdepartmental Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW) offers a terminal M.A. program in Mediterranean Archaeology. Learn more here.