Annual Graduate Tour
The Center aims to organize an annual graduate student educational tour in a Mediterranean region or specific country, led by professors from Columbia University and elsewhere. Through on-site presentations by graduate students and faculty members, the tour seeks to give Columbia graduate students whose studies focus on the ancient Mediterranean world the opportunity to visit archaeological sites and museums that might otherwise be inaccessible, to expose them to the material culture, topography, and environment of a particular ancient Mediterranean culture, and finally, to foster the research and training of PhD students across a number of departments at Columbia. Prior to the trip, a series of preparatory seminar sessions will be led by the trip leaders in order to provide any necessary background and allow for the discussion of broader themes and any relevant literature. Following the completion of the trip, participants will be required to write a short paper, on a topic to be determined in consultation with the trip leaders. The tours have been made possible through the generous funding from outside donors, including the Arete Foundation.
The 2019 graduate tour was Egypt, where the focus was on remains from the New Kingdom through Early Christian times. The group visited Karnak, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Dendera, Kalabsha, Philae, St. Simeon monastery, Elephantine, the Serapeum at Saqqara, Narmouthis, Karanis, and numerous sites in Alexandria. The trip was led by two Columbia faculty members: Prof. Ellen Morris and Prof. Paraskevi Martzavou.