The Department of Art and Archaeology currently sponsors three active excavation projects, all of which involve students in fieldwork and study.
Balis, Syria: As part of a cooperative project undertaken by the Syrian Directorate of Antiquities and Princeton University in 1996, excavations have been carried out in the ruins of Balis, situated on the right bank of the Euphrates river in northern Syria, 100km west of Aleppo.
Nemea, Greece: The sanctuary of Zeus was the site of the Nemean Games, an athletic festival that began, according to the literary record, in 573 BC. Much of the 4th‐century BC site has been excavated, such as a stadium, a temple, baths, and an ancient hotel. Current excavations are focused on the early (pre‐Classical) use of the sanctuary. We are investigating the question of cult continuity and the relationship of the sanctuary to nearby Bronze Age settlements.