William Pedrick

Classical Archaeology


Will Pedrick is a graduate student with a focus on ancient Greek art history and archaeology. He received his B.A. (highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia in art history and archaeology and his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate Distinguished Major Thesis explored the role of the dog in 6th- and 5th-century B.C. Athens, using Athenian vase painting and ancient texts as evidence. He has since presented excerpts from this project at the 2018 annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (paper entitled, “Dogs of War: Images of the Soldier’s Canine Companion on Athenian Vases”) and at the 2018 annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (paper entitled, “The Symposiast’s Best Friend: Images of the Sympotic Dog on Athenian Vases”).

While his interests are rooted in Greek art and the visual analysis of ancient material culture, Pedrick is an active field archaeologist. He has excavated and surveyed in Cyprus—as a field school student in 2015 with the Athienou Project and as the Geophysical Survey assistant with the 2018 Yeronisos Island Expedition—and in Sicily—as a volunteer in 2016 and 2018 with the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project. He has also surveyed underwater in Greece with the Delos Underwater Survey and the Levitha Underwater Survey, both in 2019.