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History Department

David Pettegrew

Associate Professor


Greek and Roman History, Late Antiquity, Historical Archaeology, Digital History


Office: 266 Boyer Hall
Phone: 717-766-2511 x 2738


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David Pettegrew

Educational Background


  • Ph.D., Ancient History, The Ohio State University 2006
  • M.A., Ancient History, The Ohio State University, 2000
  • B.A., Anthropology, Greek, Wright State University, 1998





David Pettegrew is an historian of the Ancient Mediterranean World whose research centers on integrating archaeological and textual evidence to narrate the local history of cities and regions. He teaches courses in Latin, Roman History, Late Antiquity, Digital History  and Historical Archaeology. Before arriving at Messiah College in 2006, he was Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens where he conducted research on a dissertation called Corinth on the Isthmus: The End of An Ancient Landscape. David has participated in archaeological programs in southern Ohio, central Pennsylvania, Kythera and Corinth (Greece), and Larnaka (Cyprus). He is co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, which is investigating Hellenistic and Late Roman coastal sites in Cyprus, and he regularly takes students to Cyprus in May-June. He is involved with the Stouffer Farm and Cemetery Project south of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.  He lives in Camp Hill, PA, with his wife, Kate, and children James and Marjie.



Courses Taught


  • Latin I, Latin II, and Intermediate Latin
  • History 101
  • Roman History
  • Late Antiquity
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Digital History (Spring 2014)
  • The World of Late Antiquity (First-Year Seminar)
  • Faith, Vocation, and Education in Late Antiquity (First-Year Seminar)
  • Cross-Cultural Course to Albania and Greece
  • The History and Archaeology of Cyprus (Filed School in Archaeology)



RECENT Publications


  • “The Diolkos and the Emporion: How a Land Bridge Framed the Commercial Economy of Roman Corinth,” in S.J. Friesen, S. James, and D.N. Schowalter (eds.), Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Inequality, Leiden 2013: 126-142, Brill Academic Press.
  • “The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: A Preliminary Report on Excavations at Pyla-Vigla, a Fortified Settlement Dating to the Hellenistic Era,” with Brandon R. Olson, William Caraher, and R. Scott Moore, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5.3 (2013), 74-82.
  • Taking Mobile Computing to the Field,” with Samuel B. Fee and William Caraher, Near Eastern Archaeology 76.1 (2013), 50-55.
  • "The Diolkos of Corinth," American Journal of Archaeology 115.4 (2011), 549-574.



recent Presentations


  • "Creating a Comprehensive Public Research Library in Zotero," workshop presented (with Beth Transue) at The Humanities and Technology Camp, Harrisburg, October 2013.
  • “Nero’s Canal: Archaeology in Ancient History,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, The Ohio State University, Columbus, May 2013.

  • “Archaeological Data and Small Projects: A Case Study from the Pyla-Koustopetria Archaeological Project on Cyprus,” with William R. Caraher, Samuel B. Fee, and R. Scott Moore, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, January 2013.

  • “The Isthmus and the Consequences of Geography: New Directions in the Study of Commercial Corinth,” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Chicago, November 2012.


Current Activities


David is completing two book projects in 2013-2014. The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World (under contract with University of Michigan Press) examines the commercial and maritime facility of Corinth's eastern territory, the isthmus that connected southern and northern Greece, between the Hellenistic period and Late Antiquity. Pyla-Koutsopetria: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town (under contract with American Schools of Oriental Research) details the archaeological survey (2003-2010) of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Cyprus and is co-authored with Drs. W.R. Caraher and R.S. Moore.