The comprehensive examinations in Classical Archaeology comprise three parts:
- Slide identifications (25 slides in 50 minutes). Students are asked to identify and explain the significance of major monuments of the kind typically found in introductory textbooks on the archaeology of ancient Greece and Italy. The following books are useful for preparation, but the student should not expect the slide exam to be limited to images in these volumes: N. Ramage and A. Ramage, Roman Art, 6th ed. J.G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology, 5th ed., S. Haynes, Etruscan Civilization, A Cultural History.
- One one-hour essay on a topic (chosen from three options) relating to either the Bronze Age or Hellenic period.
- One one-hour essay on a topic (chosen from three options) relating to either the Etruscan or Roman period.
The Archaeology Committee sets and evaluates these exams. They are normally administered in the last week of September.