IPCAA student Jana Mokrisova at Shaumta in the Republic of Georgia
Prof. Sharon Herbert and IPCAA grad Prof. Andrea Berlin at Kedesh in Israel
Aerial view of excavations at Kedesh in Israel
2009 excavation staff at Gabii in Italy
IPCAA student Ivan Cangemi (far left) at Gabii in Italy
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
New Upjohn Wing in evening light
Kelsey Museum Artifacts
IPCAA student Angela Commito with Egyptian shabti figures from the Kelsey Museum
2014 Notion expedition on the west coast of Turkey by Izmir
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The Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) offers a course of doctoral study in the arts and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. Formally sponsored by the Departments of Classical Studies and History of Art, and located in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, IPCAA draws on a distinguished range of faculty in several disciplines and on the rich museum and library resources of the University of Michigan. With its self-consciously interdisciplinary character, IPCAA is today widely acknowledged as among the very top programs in the country for the professional training of graduate students in Classical Archaeology.
IPCAA's logo, which features a mythological sea monster, is based on an image in a fragment of a Roman wall painting, acquired from Puteoli in 1923, and now in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (KM 2802). The marine motif emphasizes IPCAA’s Mediterranean focus, while the “hybrid” quality of the sea monster serves as a metaphor for the interdisciplinary character of the program.
The University of Michigan has a long and varied tradition of archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean and Near East, ranging back to the days of Francis Kelsey and his pioneering work at Karanis in the Fayum, Egypt. IPCAA students at present work and study in a wide range of settings — from the Classical heartlands of Greece and Italy, to Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Russia and Ukraine.
The Collaborative Archaeology Workgroup (CAW) is a group of graduate students from multiple departments at the University of Michigan (including Anthropology and Classical Art and Archaeology) who share an interest in archaeological research, theory, and methods.
- Christopher Ratte talks to the BBC about how IS has sold artifacts to fund their campaigns March 16, 2015
- IPCAA Alumnus Henry Colburn Wins ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award March 12, 2015
- Hatcher Library Exhibition on Francis Kelsey’s 1919-1920 Expedition to Armenia February 12, 2015
- David Potter Collegiate Lecture: Unnecessary Wars and Improbable Explanations
Speaker: David Potter
- "Jackal Songs": A Musical Performance
- AIA Lecture: "The Politics of Public Display: Archaeology, Museums and Artifacts from the Holy Land"
Speaker: Morag Kersel, DePaul University