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Mondays, November 9–December 7, 2 – 3:30pm*


Laocoön and His Sons, c. 1st century CE. Vatican Museums, Rome. Photo by Kaelin Jewell

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class on November 23)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

In 1506, the artist Michelangelo is said to have witnessed the discovery of an ancient marble sculpture known as Laocoön and His Sons. In the 1700s, ancient Pompeii was uncovered outside Naples, and the Rosetta Stone was found in Egypt. Even into the 20th century, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, major archaeological events have brought the modern world into direct contact with the distant human past. In this class, we’ll explore some of the greatest of these discoveries, taking a global approach, to understand what it is about archaeology that we find so fascinating.

Each week, the main lecture will be followed by an optional small-group discussion session that allows students to ask questions and exchange ideas. These 40-minute sessions, moderated by the instructor or a teaching assistant, take place Tuesdays, November 10–December 8 (no discussion session on November 24), between 2 and 4:30pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.