Illustration of a Nasca vessel

Illustration of a Nasca vessel by Jiayan Lu (MA Anthropology). Photo by Zoë Crossland

Human remains are at the heart of Zoë Crossland’s work. In one of the most popular classes that she teaches, Corpse Life, students learn about the history of death and the treatment of remains.
Site excavation at the bottom of a tree-lined hill in Greece.

Image Courtesy of © Onchestos Excavation Project


Hadrian's Villa Columbia University Archeology
Twenty miles east of Rome lies the villa of the emperor Hadrian, who ruled for about 20 years during the second century A.D., but whose lavish estate has exercised a strong influence on architects and artists since its rediscovery in the 15th century.
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Li Feng brings his background as an archaeologist and historian of early China to bear on his teaching, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Atik Ali Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey. Interior, central dome. Photo by Gabriel Rodriguez, Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

When Zainab Bahrani traveled to Iraq 10 years ago, she realized that it was crucial to document the extensive damage to the country’s cultural treasures caused by years of war.

Islamic art raises questions about the uses and meanings of ornament, the role and image of calligraphy and the nature of abstract art. Above: The Mosque of the Three Doors, Kairouan, Tunisia. 866 AD. Traditionally said to have been erected by Muhammad Ibn Khayrun, a merchant from Al-Andalus.

For Avinoam Shalem the study of art history is not just about locating and defining a civilization, a culture or a movement, it’s about what he calls “interaction zones”— the places where culture and commerce collide and inspire new forms of expression.

Early humans were using stone hand axes as far back as 1.8 million years ago. Credit: Pierre-Jean Texier, National Center of Scientific Research, France.

A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced tool-making methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Some 35 million people visit Central Park each year, but only a few of them realize how much history lies beneath their feet.