Bringing the past to the present
The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology is a research unit within the Department of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. By means of teaching, field research, archival work, and public service we provide students with opportunities for active participation in the discipline of classical archaeology and we support their individual research projects with primary and secondary materials. We also strive to maintain a strong and ever-evolving teaching/mentoring program in classical archaeology.
Currently, our work includes archaeological excavation in Greece, close-study of artifacts in on-site archaeological museums, digital archive work on campus, and various related research projects in Nemea (Greece) and its surrounding areas.
In Memoriam: Remembering Robert Knapp
It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Robert Knapp, Emeritus Professor of Classics and of Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. Professor Knapp passed away on Sunday, September 17 2023. Not only was Dr. Knapp a dedicated member of the academic community at UC Berkeley, but he served for many years on the Advisory Committee of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology. While at UC Berkeley he won the Letters and Science Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award (2002) for his commitment to undergraduate education and the Berkeley Citation (2006) for his thirty years of service to the University. In 2012 he was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at his alma mater, Central Michigan University. You can find more information about his scholarly work here and you can read a tribute to his life and work from the Department of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies here. He will be remembered especially for his warmth and generosity as a colleague and educator. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Professor Knapp’s family during this difficult time.
Check out our digital collection!
We’re working hard at the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology to make some of the artifact collection currently housed in the Archaeological Museum of Nemea available in a virtual environment so that it can be used for research and teaching.
The ongoing global health crisis has prevented many of us from (among other things) traveling, visiting museums, participating in excavations, and even sitting in a classroom with our peers and colleagues. In an effort to share some of our work with you, despite these circumstances, we’ve begun digitizing our collection so that you can explore it from your own home or use it in your digital pedagogy.
During the short stretches of time that we’ve been able to spend in the museum over the past couple of seasons, we 3D-scanned some objects and have uploaded the models to Sketchfab. There are vessels, figurines, coins, and even some architectural fragments. Some of the objects have even been pre-sorted into “collections” for ease of browsing, but you can also see a list of all the models at once or search using key words. Our digital collection will continue to grow, so we hope that you check back often!
Mycenaean Carinated Kylix
Archaeological Field School
Every summer The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology offers a field school for undergraduate students with an interest in archaeology. No previous experience in archaeology is required – only a strong desire to learn and dig!
Donate to the Nemea Center
All the work of the Nemea Center, including staff support, is financed solely through donations.