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Current Projects

Archaeology of College Hill, Providence, RI
Susan E. Alcock and Andy Dufton, co-directors

Archaeology of College Hill, an ongoing fall term course and fieldschool for Brown undergraduates, has worked at multiple sites in the area immediately surrounding the Brown main campus. Begun in the fall of 2006 at the First Baptist Church in America, the field school moved in fall 2008 to the John Brown House Museum. In fall 2012, excavations began on the "Quiet Green" of Brown University.

 

Brown University Quiet Green 2012

Brown University Abydos Project, Egypt
Laurel Bestock, director

BUAP was founded in 2008 to investigate parts of the North Cemetery of Abydos, seat of the earliest rulers of Egypt and the cemetery for kings of the First Dynasty. Brown's current excavations concentrate on both the very early and the very late history of Abydos, dealing with First Dynasty royal mortuary temples and monumental Ptolemaic graves and animal hypogea. 

 

Brown University Labraunda Project, Turkey
Felipe Rojas, director

BULP's main objectives are to excavate and document a monumental fountain in the mountain sanctuary of Labraunda in Western Turkey, arguably the most important religious site in ancient Caria. Brown University undergraduate and graduate students conduct archaeological fieldwork alongside specialists from Turkish, Swedish, and French universities in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment.

 

Labraunda

BUPAP 2010

Brown University Petra Archaeological Project, Jordan
Susan E. Alcock, director

BUPAP is designed to develop our understanding of the diachronic history of Petra in southern Jordan and its surrounding landscapes. The current project includes an intensive survey in Petra's hinterland to the north, geophysical exploration, limited excavation and mapping in the city center and in the survey region, and documentation of the various routes that led in and out of the city.

 

Brown University - University of Vienna Uronarti Project, Sudan
Laurel Bestock and Christian Knoblauch, co-directors

Uronarti, an island in the Nile in Lower Nubia (modern Sudan), was the site of a major fortress constructed by the kings of the Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty. This project is working both to document the fortress and to better comprehend its setting in a complex physical and cultural landscape in order to illuminate the relationships between Egypt and Nubia at this critical period.

 

Budsilha-Chocolja Archaeological Project, Chiapas, Mexico
Andrew Scherer and Charles Golden, co-directors

The Proyecto Arqueológico Busilha - Chocolja is exploring the margins of Classic Maya polities (AD 250-900) in the Middle Usumacinta River basin of Chiapas, Mexico.  Current fieldwork aims to deepen our knowledge of Maya political history through the comparative study of competing polities in the western Maya lowlands, focusing on warfare and water management around La Mar.

 

MonArch: Wesleyan-Brown Monastic Archaeology Project, France
Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines, co-directors

MonArch brings together a multi-disciplinary team to focus on the larger role of monasteries in medieval and early modern France.  Work has been conducted, since 1982, at three sites: Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, Bourgfontaine and Notre Dame d’Ourscamp.  At Ourscamp, several phases of occupation – from the twelfth century to the present day – have been traced in both landscape and architectural features.

 

Abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, Soissons

Notion Archaeological Survey
Christopher Ratté and Felipe Rojas, co-directors

Notion in Ionia is a well-preserved and almost completely unexcavated ancient city, which was occupied from the early first millennium B.C. until the Middle Ages. A program of systematic archaeological investigation of the site begun in 2014 will lay the groundwork for the conservation and management of the site. This project is a joint endeavor of the University of Michigan and Brown University.

 

The S'Urachi Project: Cultural Encounters and Everyday Life around a Nuraghe in Classical and Hellenistic Times
Peter van Dommelen and Alfonso Stiglitz, co-directors

First built in the Bronze Age, nuraghi, the famous stone towers of Sardinia, are usually regarded as prehistoric monuments. They continued to be inhabited throughout later millennia as well, however, and it is these later phases of the Archaic to Roman periods that are under investigation at the monumental site of S'Urachi on the central west coast of Sardinia (Italy).

 

Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat, West Indies
John F. Cherry and Krysta Ryzewski, co-directors

SLAM aims to create a thorough inventory of known and unknown archaeological sites in the northern non-exclusion zone of Montserrat in the West Indies, home to numerous significant prehistoric and historic archaeological remains now under severe threat from volcanic activity and resulting population relocation.