Facilities and Resources

The Department of Classics is housed in the Millard Fillmore Academic Center (MFAC), part of the Ellicott Complex, located one-half mile to the north of the main buildings (informally referred to as “the spine”) on the University at Buffalo North Campus. MFAC also houses the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Geography, classrooms, student dormitories and a recently renovated food court.

338 MFAC includes a suite of offices for full-time faculty, a supply room, a service room, a seminar room and a slide room, as well as the Arethusa headquarters. The majority of the small undergraduate and graduate Classics classes meet in the seminar room.

Department of Classics
338 MFAC
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026

Collections

The department possesses collections of study materials that are employed for teaching, training and research purposes. These include collections of Greek and Roman potsherds, Italian potting clays, reproductions of Roman coins, specimens of Roman construction materials a sizable assemblage of Byzantine pottery and botanical material from Emeq Hefer on long-term loan from Israel Antiquities Authority, and a large assemblage of Chalcolithic pottery and stone tools from the Olesh site in Israel.

Goetz Library

The Goetz Library, located in MFAC 320, houses a study/research collection of approx. 8,000 non-circulating volumes, along with study spaces for faculty and students, two computer work stations, and a shelf for reserved readings for department courses. 

Laboratories

The Archaeological Data Processing Laboratory, located in MFAC 327, provides facilities for the storage of archaeological research documentation, traditional drafting operations, computer operations involving archaeological data and microscopic analysis of prepared archaeological specimens. This space can be used by department faculty and graduate students for research or course work.

The laboratory includes shelving, file cabinets, storage cabinets and a map case for the archiving of both traditional forms of archaeological documentation (notebooks, forms, plans/sections, photographs) and electronic media; three drafting tables; three computer stations; a microscope station; and a work table.

In addition to the three computer stations, the laboratory supports a flatbed scanner, a color ink-jet printer and a slide scanner. A wide assortment of software relevant to the development and analysis of archaeological data (e.g., AutoCad, ArcGIS, Geoplot, JMP) is accessible. The microscope station features both a binocular microscope and a polarizing light (petrographic) microscope, both equipped with a digital camera and a digital video camera that can be linked to one of the computer stations for image processing.

The Archaeological Materials Analysis Laboratory, located in Wilkeson 140-A at the far northern end of the MFAC complex, provides facilities for the processing and analysis of archaeological materials. The laboratory can be used by department faculty and graduate students for research or course work.

The laboratory includes a multiple sink, storage cabinets, a kick-wheel, an electric muffle (time/temperature controlled kiln), various tools and containers, a work table and a computer work station. A fume hood is available in an adjacent soils laboratory controlled by the Department of Geography.

Memberships

The Department of Classics maintains membership in the major foreign schools of relevance to classics and Near Eastern studies, creating opportunities for faculty and both graduate and undergraduate students to undertake research and participate in courses of study at these institutions.

Research Funding

Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through the Community of Science funding database. 

Undergraduate students may apply for research funding through the Center for Undergraduate Research Activities (CURCA) or the College of Arts and Sciences Experiental Learning scholarships. 

Both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Classics may apply for funding through the James P. Neely Memorial Fund. 

TA Offices

Graduate students in the Department of Classics who hold an appointment as a teaching assistant (TA) are provided office space in the suite located in 347-350 Porter Quadrangle, across the covered walkway to the south of the main department offices.

This suite of offices can be reached by telephone: (716) 645-0465.

UB Facilities

Other UB campus facilities relevant to the Department of Classics include:

The department also has a close relationship with the Western New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), with most of the Society’s officers drawn from the ranks of the department’s faculty and graduate student body, and most of its lectures held on the UB campus.

Elsewhere in Buffalo, there are possibilities of research collaboration with the Buffalo Museum of Science, which houses significant collections of both Graeco-Roman and ancient Near Eastern antiquities, and the Department of Art Conservation at Buffalo State College, which supports first-rate laboratories for the analysis of archaeological artifacts.