Andrew Farinholt Ward

Andrew Farinholt Ward

Schrader Visiting Assistant Professor, Classical Studies


  • B.A., Columbia University, 2010
  • M.A., The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2013
  • Ph.D., The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2018

Research Areas

  • Archaeology of Greece and the Western Mediterranean
  • Ancient Sanctuaries and Votive Practices
  • Postcolonial and Indigenous Studies
  • Trade and Mobility in the ancient Mediterranean
  • Archaeological Practice and Site Formation Processes

About Andrew Farinholt Ward

I am a classical archaeologist whose work focuses on the art, architecture, and archaeology of sacred spaces in the ancient Mediterranean, with a particular focus on ancient Greece, Sicily, and the wider Mediterranean between the Protoarchaic and Hellenistic periods (700-31 BCE).  I am particularly interested in how objects transform and gain new meanings and value by moving from the profane to sacred worlds, and from one cultural context to another.  My current book project, Relief Wares of the Archaic Mediterranean: Connectivity and Disjunction, seeks to understand how relief-decorated ceramics spread from one cultural context to another in the Archaic Mediterranean, in a manner that demonstrates the diverse, rather than homogeneous, local identities of the period.

I currently serve as the Excavation Director for the NYU-UniMi excavations in the main urban sanctuary of Selinunte, a Greek city in southwestern Sicily.  There, our discoveries allow us to understand the birth and development of a Greek “colony” and its ritual practices.  Students are encouraged to inquire about fieldwork opportunities. I am also affiliated with the American Excavations at Samothrace, and have excavated previously in a number of other projects in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. 

These research interests shape my teaching, which focuses on ancient Greek religion and its expression in myth and ritual practice. Prior to my time at Indiana University,  I have taught at William & Mary, SUNY New Paltz, and SUNY Purchase, and been a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) and the American Academy in Rome (AAR).

Courses Taught

  • Classical Mythology
  • Art and Archaeology of Greece
  • Colonization and Encounter in the Greek West

Selected Publications

Baillet, V., I. Poularakis, and A. Farinholt Ward. 2021. “Photogrammetric Modeling and the Central Ravine of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace,” Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 20: 1-12.

Wescoat, B., Blevins, S., Popkin, M., Paga, J., Ward, A., Page, M., and W. Size. 2020. “Interstitial Space in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace,” in Müller, A (ed), Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

Clemente, M. and A. Ward, 2020. “War and Life of a Sacred Structure: Evidence from the IFA-NYU Excavations at Selinunte,” in Jonasch, M. (ed.), The Fight for Greek Sicily: Society, Politics, and Landscape, Oxbow Books.

Ward, A. 2018 “Modelling Regional Networks and Local Adaptation: West-Central Sicilian Relief Louteria,” in Les Carnets de l’ACoSt 17.

Marconi, C., Micciche, R., and A. Ward. 2018. “Contextualizing an Animal Sacrifice in the Foundations of Temple R: A Preliminary Report of the Institute of Fine Arts – NYU Excavations on the Acropolis of Selinunte (2013-2015 campaigns)” Mare Internum 9: 72-88.

Wilson, A. I., Russell, B., and Ward, A. 2016. “Excavations in an urban park (“South Agora”), 2012” in R. R. R. Smith, J. Lenaghan, A. Sokolicek, and K. Welch (eds), Aphrodisias Papers 5: Excavation and Research at Aphrodisias, 2006–2012 (JRA Supplement). Portsmouth, 77–90.