David Pettegrew

Photo of Professor David PettegrewDavid Pettegrew

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

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

Webpage / Blog

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 a scholar of the ancient Mediterranean world, who uses material evidence and digital tools to write and produce micro-histories. As an archaeologist and historian, David has participated in and directed archaeological research programs in the United States, Greece, and Cyprus, and authored articles and books on Greek and Roman cities and landscapes. As a digital historian, David manages blogs, websites, and interactive historical maps, and coordinates digital humanities activities at Messiah. His current work includes editing The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology, publishing the excavations of ancient coastal sites in Cyprus, and developing the Digital Harrisburg Initiative. He lives in Camp Hill, PA, with his wife, Kate, and three little children.

Courses Taught

  • Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III
  • Introduction to History
  • History of Western Civilization I
  • Roman History
  • Late Antiquity
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Digital History 
  • The World of Late Antiquity 
  • Cross-Cultural Course to Albania and Greece
  • Cyprus: Archaeology and History (Field School in Archaeology in Larnaca, Cyprus)


  • The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press (spring 2016).
  • Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town, with W.R. Caraher and R.S. Moore, and with contributions by M. Andrioti, P.N. Kardulias, D. Nakassis, and B.R. Olson, American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports No. 21, Boston 2014: American Schools of Oriental Research.

Recent Articles

  • “Corinthian Suburbia: Patterns of Roman Settlement on the Isthmus,” in B. Gebhard and T.E. Gregory (eds.), ‘The Bridge of the Untiring Sea’: The Corinthian Isthmus from Prehistory to Late Antiquity, Princeton 2015: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

  • “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.

Recent Presentations

  • Digital Harrisburg: Mapping the Pennsylvania State Capital in the Early Twentieth Century,” Project Showcase presented with Albert Sarvis at the conference, Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, July 2015.

  • “The Ancient Harbor and Settlement at Koutsopetria in its Mediterranean Context,” with William Caraher, Dallas DeForest, R. Scott Moore, and Brandon R. Olson, Paper presented at the conference, Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 2015.

  • “Harrisburg’s City Beautiful Movement: Mapping the Growth and Transformation of the Pennsylvania State Capital,” with R. Carey, J. Erikson, R. Morris, A. Sarvis, and D. Stolyarov, Paper presented at the conference Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, November 2014.

  • 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.

Current Activities

David is currently completing a book titled, The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World (The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 2016), a diachronic study of connectivity in the Corinthian Isthmus between the Classical period and Late Antiquity, and is co-editing (with William Caraher and Thomas Davis) The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology (2017). 

He is also working with students and faculty at Messiah College, Harrisburg University, and Harrisburg Area Community College on the Digital Harrisburg Project, a digital initiative concerning the City Beautiful Movement and population of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century. The project blog is available here and an interactive map of the city is available here.