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Timothy Howe
Professor of History

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2000. Area of expertise: Ancient Mediterranean

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  • 2016-2017 on sabbatical.

Tim standing in Turkey 2014 (2x1)Tim Howe was born in California and spent his formative years in the Sierra Nevada foothills, chasing cattle and sheep on his parents’ farm.  After completing a B.A. in History and Anthropology at Cal State, Chico, he went “out east” to Penn State for his M.A. and Ph.D.  At Penn State, as a student in a Golden Age Latin class, he met his wife, Mary.

He is Associate Field Director of the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Project (ACARP) in Southern Turkey, has excavated and supervised field programs in Cyprus at the Mycenaean Bronze Age site of Kalavassos Aghios Demetrios and Neolithic site of Tenta, and has excavated in Greece at ancient Sparta, Corinth, and the Athenian Agora.  He has written over 20 articles and book chapters as well as four books on the archaeology of Mediterranean agriculture and trade, Alexander the Great, ancient Mediterranean warfare, and Greek and Latin historiography. He also serves as Senior Editor for the ancient studies journal The Ancient History Bulletin.

Tim digging in Turkey 2014 (2x1)Reflecting his wide interests, Prof. Howe tries to blend history, classics and hard science in a range of multidisciplinary on-campus classes about the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Worlds.  In addition, each summer Prof. Howe supervises the St. Olaf Archaeological Field School in Turkey, a collaborative faculty-student research project that combines 3D imaging and traditional excavation.  For more information about research and learning opportunities at the Field School see the project website:

Prof. Howe, his wife, and his cats are avid birdwatchers and gardeners, and he (and the cats) love to fish. Cooking, especially Mediterranean cooking, is his passion.  Someday he hopes to have a farm of his own, full of organic gardens, sheep, a cow or two, and perhaps the odd goat.