An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research and Teaching

The M. Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies at UC Berkeley is intended to promote and advance the study of the many cultures of ancient Italy, with special emphasis on the Etruscans and Romans. It will also support teaching and research at the University that address the relations and interactions of these peoples with the other cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.

Affiliated with Berkeley’s Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, the Center advocates an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching, combining archaeology and material culture studies with history, art history, and inter-cultural relations. It will organize conferences, sponsor lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, and seek to offer students a range of archaeological fieldwork experiences in Italy. In addition to providing travel funds for students to participate in Italian excavations, the Center will also periodically bring to Berkeley, as invited lecturers, distinguished scholars in the fields of ancient art, religion, history, and the archaeology of Italy.


  • New Collaborations with Italy
    The Del Chiaro Center is partnering with some of Italy’s finest museums: the Villa Giulia in Rome and the Capitoline Museum in Rome. Stay tuned for for details.
  • Lisa Pieraccini wins a Berkeley Collegium Grant
    Lisa Pieraccini wins a Berkeley Collegium Grant for 2017-2018 for her research on “Exploring the Etruscans at UC Berkeley.”

Goals for the Center:

  • To provide excavation opportunities and funding for undergraduate and graduate students at major Etruscan and Roman sites in Italy (Iron Age, Etruscan, and Roman periods).
  • To coordinate and encourage the publication of archaeological materials with partner institutions.
  • To be a hub for scholarly exchange between the art and archaeology collections dedicated to Ancient Italy (The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, the Legion of Honor) and other museums and universities in the US and Italy.
Link to a list of events sponsered by the M. Del Chiaro Center