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The AJA Learning Resources page is an accessible starting point for those interested in a career in archaeology as well as a place to browse archaeological projects, databases, and image and bibliographic resources. These helpful, trusted links are regularly checked and updated by AJA staff.

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Project Websites

  • Egypt and North Africa

    • Abydos Excavations: Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Peabody Museum of Yale University.
    • Abydos Project: Brown University.
    • Excavations at Amheida in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis: New York University and Columbia University. This project began in 2001 and provides undergraduate students with a study abroad/fieldwork opportunity. The website includes an interactive map, online publications, and extensive reports.
    • The Berenike Project: Website for the excavations at Berenike by the University of Delaware and Leiden University conducted between 1994 and 2001.
    • Buto/Tell el-Fara’in: From the German Archaeological Institute. In addition to details on the project, this website gives a good overview of the site.
    • Hierakonpolis: City of the Hawk
    • Jerba Online: University of Pennsylvania.
    • Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monash University. A long-term regional study of the interaction between environmental changes and human activity in the Dakhleh Oasis area. The website includes their annual reports.
    • North Kharga Oasis Survey: The American University in Cairo. The website includes overviews of each site in the study and summaries of each field season.
    • Sais: Egypt Exploration Society and University of Durham, in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Antiquities. This project began in 1997, and reports are available for every field season.
    • Tunisias-British Utica Project
  • Greece

    • The American School of Classical Studies’ pages on their Excavations in the Athenian Agora and Excavations in Ancient Corinth feature a wealth of data, including published reports, objects, photographs, and drawings. Integration with the ASCSA’s other online resources rounds out the experience.
    • The Azoria Project: The University of North Carolina and Iowa State University’s excavations of an Early Iron Age and Archaic site on Crete.
    • Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: Cornell University.
    • Diros Project: The Field Museum, Chicago, and Millsaps College.
    • Excavations at Isthmia: Ohio State University. Includes preliminary reports going back to 1992, some digital notebooks, and summaries of various areas of the site.
    • Iklaina Archaeological Project: Interdisciplinary project to explore the relationship between core and periphery in the Greek world and the operation of Mycenaean states.
    • Kalaureia Research Program
    • Kommos Excavations: University of Toronto. Fieldwork is not currently active, but this site includes extensive maps, images, an overview of the pottery, and more.
    • Kythera Island Project: An interdisciplinary project bringing together teams from more than 20 countries and a wide range of disciplines including archaeometallurgy, geoarchaeology, botany, and many others.
    • Excavations at Lefkandi
    • Mitrou Archaeological Project: The University of Tennessee and the Greek Archaeological Service. Information about the site, the project, and the fieldschool.
    • Mochlos Excavation Project: University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Accessible site for the layperson. Includes detailed information on the site, fieldwork, and list of publications.
    • Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project: Collaboration of ΛΘ’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Tripolis, Arcadia; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; and University of Arizona (under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens). 
    • Mycenae Excavations: Dickinson College. This website is packed with information and is a great starting point in learning about fieldwork at Mycenae.
    • The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project: Bryn Mawr College and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Includes extensive maps and images of the site.
    • The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project: This site includes preliminary reports and links to publications, a gazetter, and databases for pottery, small finds, and images. There is also a 3D tour of the Palace of Nestor and general information on Hellenistic Messenia.
    • American Excavations Samothrace: Emory University and Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
    • Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project: Multidisciplinary project to explore human interactions in the Saronic Gulf.
    • Sarpedon - The Sissi Archaeological Project: Collaboration of the French and Dutch speaking universities of Louvain/Leuven, under the auspices of the Belgian School of Athens. This site includes preliminary results, virtual tours, and lots of images.
    • Sikyon Project: A multidisciplinary project to study human presence and activity at Sikyon. The Sphakia Survey: An interdisciplinary archaeological project whose main objective is to reconstruct the sequence of human activity in a remote and rugged part of Crete, from the time that people arrived in the area, by ca. 3000 B.C.E., until the end of Ottoman rule in 1900 C.E.
    • The Sphakia Survey: An interdisciplinary archaeological project whose main objective is to reconstruct the sequence of human activity in a remote and rugged part of Crete, from the time that people arrived in the area, by ca. 3000 B.C.E., until the end of Ottoman rule in 1900 C.E.
  • Italy

    • Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae: Directed by Jane K. Whitehead, Valdosta State University. The site offers details on the excavations and upcoming field season, high-quality photographs, and links to previous reports. The project is also on Facebook.
    • The Gabii Project: Under the direction of Nicola Terrenato, University of Michigan. This site is kept up-to-date with recent publications, information on the field program, and reports on fieldwork. The project also has a Facebook page.
    • Kent-Berlin Ostia Excavations: A site maintained by Luke Lavan, University of Kent, and Axel Gering, Humboldt University, includes an overview of the site, aims of the project, and details of finds and inscriptions.
    • Metaponto Project: Institute of Classical Archaeology, the University of Texas at Austin. Concise overview of the site and excavations.
    • Morgantina: The American Excavations.
    • Mugello Valley Archaeological Project: Southern Methodist University and Franklin and Marshall College. Includes information on the project and field school.
    • Oxford Roman Economy Project
    • Selinunte: Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
  • Middle East

  • Turkey

    • The Excavations at Tell Atchana (Alalakh): A comprehensive site, including reports from excavations, galleries, details of experimental archaeology projects, and more.
    • Aphrodisias: New York University. Brief overview of the site and some of its areas, excavations, and surveys.
    • Çatalhöyük Research Project: Since 1993, a team lead by Ian Hodder has been conducting excavations at this Neolithic site. This website is updated often and hosts a variety of content, from reports to videos to a database.
    • Central Lydia Archaeological Survey: Boston University. Details excavations from 2005 to the present.
    • The Kerkenes Project: Middle East Technical University and British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. Of interest are reports from 1993 to the present, galleries of photographs and drawings, and information on remote sensing.
    • Tayinat Archaeological Project: The University of Toronto. Details current and past excavations and reports.
    • Tektas Burnu: Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University. This site deals with the classical Greek shipwreck excavated between 1999 and 2001 and discusses the excavations and conservation efforts.

Multimedia and Interactive

  • ArchAtlas: Mapping and research project. The site includes visual essays and many different ways to view sites (satellite images, panoramas, 3D landscapes, and more).
  • The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World: This project, begun in July 2011, looks at carving techniques in Roman stoneworking and offers a Web resource and photographic collection.
  • Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire
  • Digital Augustan Rome
  • Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project: Stanford University.
  • Digital Karnak: From the University of California at Los Angeles. This project includes a high-quality, easy-to-use time map as well as a comprehensive introduction to the site, a catalog of monuments and features, and the ability to view a reconstruction of the site through time via Google Earth.
  • Digital Pompeii Project: A joint project of the Classical Studies Program, the Humanities Program, and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology at the University of Arkansas. It aims to create a comprehensive database for visual art and material culture at Pompeii, which will be linked with a 3D model of the city that can be explored in real time.
  • Digital Roman Forum: From the University of California, Los Angeles. A digital model of the Forum as it may have appeared in antiquity.
  • The Giza Archives: From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A collection of photographs and other data from the museum’s work at the site.
  • Google Arts & Culture: Explore heritage sites in Street-View panorama with Google’s World Wonders Project. There are also 3D views, videos, and classroom material for educators. Featured archaeological sites include Pompeii and Stonehenge.
  • Metis: Archive of panoramic views of Greek archaeological sites.
  • Ostia - Harbour City of Ancient Rome: This website has been around since 1996, and with its reconstruction videos, a topographical dictionary, footage of old excavations, and extensive text, it is a unique introduction to the complete context of an archaeological site.
  • The Stoa Consortium
  • A Walk Through Ancient Miletus

Databases

Image Resources

Epigraphic and Bibliographic Resources