David Pettegrew

David Pettegrew, professor of history and archaeology

Professor of History and Archaeology

Areas of Interest: Greek and Roman History, Late Antiquity, Early Christianity, Historical Archaeology, Digital Public Humanities

Office: 266 Boyer Hall
Phone: 717-796-1800 x 2738

Webpage / Blog

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., History, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Anthropology and Greek, Wright State University


David Pettegrew is a scholar of the ancient Mediterranean world who studies the transformation of local society, culture, and religion in the later centuries of the Roman era. He is a passionate teacher in the subjects of Greek and Roman history, late antiquity, archaeology, and early Christianity. As a field archaeologist, he undertakes research in Greece, Cyprus, and central Pennsylvania. His current projects include publishing an archaeological survey near Isthmia, Greece and writing an introduction to the archaeology of early Christianity. Pettegrew is also active in digital and public humanities activities on campus and can often be found in the Beatrice Howe Humanities Lab collaborating with students on a range of public history projects.


  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Late Antiquity
  • The Early Church
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Digital History 
  • Public Humanities Projects 
  • Archaeology of Greece (delivered on-site in Greece)

Current Projects

  • Corinthian Countrysides: Data and Analysis from the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, in final revision, 2023.
  • Archaeologies of the Early Christian World: History, Practice, Vision, Oxford University Press, in preparation.
  • Pyla-Koutsopetria II: Excavation at an Ancient Coastal Town, with M. Hadjicosti, W.R. Caraher and R.S. Moore, and with contributions by M. Andrioti, D. DeForest, P.N. Kardulias, S. Lepinski, D. Nakassis, B.R. Olson, and D. Reese, under final preparation.

Books and Edited Works

Recent Publications and Papers

  • “Dura-Europos and the Domus Ecclesiae: Revisiting the Archaeology of Syria’s Oldest House-Church.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Overseas Research, Boston, November 2022.
  • “The Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey: Datasets of an intensive pedestrian survey and regional study of the eastern Corinthia, Greece,” with T.E. Gregory, D.J. Pullen, R. Rothaus, and T.F. Tartaron. Released: 2021-06-04. Open Context.
  • “Life in Abandonment: The Case of Lakka Skoutara, Corinthia,” with W.R. Caraher, in Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by Rebecca Seifried and Deborah Brown. Grand Forks: The Digital Press of the University of North Dakota, 2021.
  • “The Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey: A Tour of the Legacy Data in Open Context,” Presentation for the 40th International Mediterranean Survey Conference (Virtual), 2021.
  • Washingtonia: An American Refugee Camp in Revolutionary Greece,” with K. Kourelis, in T. Papademetriou and N. Ganson (eds.), The Greek Revolution (1821-1829) through American Eyes. A Bicentennial Traveling and Online Exhibition, 2021.
  • “The Christianized Landscapes of Early Byzantine Corinth,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, D.C., January 2020.
  • “The Archaeology of Early Christianity: The History, Methods, and State of a Field,” with W.R. Caraher. In The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology, edited by D.K. Pettegrew, W.R. Caraher, and T.W. Davis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Public History Projects and Activities

  • Corinthian Matters: a collection of stories and scholarship related to the history and archaeology of Corinth, Greece
  • One Hundred Voices: Harrisburg's Historic African American Community, 1850-1920: Digital book, with Calobe Jackson, Jr., and Katie Wingert McArdle, and including the contributions of 30 Messiah students. The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, July 2020.
  • "Waking up to our region's history of racial injustice": Op-Ed essay, with Dr. Bernardo Michael. Penn Live, July 2020.
  • The Commonwealth Monument Project: A collaborative community-based initiative of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The project, which includes a significant student component, celebrates the passing of the 15th and 19th amendments, Harrisburg's historic African American community, and the multi-ethnic neighborhood of the Old Eighth Ward.
  • Digital Harrisburg: A student-driven website with digital exhibitions, oral histories, projects, and resources related to the history, society, and culture of Pennsylvania's capital city.  
  • Harrisburg, Digital Public History, and the ‘City Beautiful’Special issue of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (February 2020) involving articles from local scholars, community historians, artists and journalists, and several Messiah University students. Select articles available for free download here
  • The Big Dig at the Stouffer Farm: Excavations of Messiah University's Historical Archaeology courses at a historic farm in northern York county.