The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu

Scholarship applications are now open for current UMass students. Apply today via AcademicWorks.

Section Menu

Anthony Tuck

Professor | Classics Department Chair; and Chair, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Anthony Tuck

(413) 545-4373

541 Herter Hall

Anthony Tuck holds degrees in Classical Archaeology from Haverford College (BA, 1992) and Brown University (PhD, 1996). He has taught at UMass since 2006. He serves as Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate (Murlo), an Etruscan site dating to the 8th to 6th centuries BCE. His research focuses on social, economic, and political development in early urban Italy. 

Research Areas

  • Etruscan culture
  • Ancient manufacturing and technology
  • Political iconography of the Iron Age Mediterranean
  • Celtic-Etruscan interactions
  • The archaeology of death and dying



  • Cities and Communities of Etruria: Poggio Civitate (Murlo). (University of Texas Press. Austin 2021).
  • The Archaeology of Language at Poggio Civitate (Murlo). With Rex Wallace. (Giorgio Bretschneider, Rome 2018).
  • L’Avventura Etrusca di Murlo: 50 anni di scavi a Poggio Civitate. With Annalisa Coppolara & Goran Soderberg. (Ara Editrice, Siena 2017).

Museum Exhibit Catalogues

  • First Words: The Archaeology of Language at Poggio Civitate. With Rex Wallace (Arcadia Press 2013).

Recent Articles & Book Chapters

  • “Where the Wild Things Are: Etruscan Hunting and Trophy Display at Poggio Civitate (Murlo).” With Sarah Kansa. European Journal of Archaeology. Forthcoming. 2022
  • “Woven Witness: Philomela, Procne, and Visualized Narratives through Textiles,” with Cole Reilly, Cinzia Presti, and Joseph Capozzi. In Homo Textor: Weaving as a Technical Mode of Existence. E. Karslus & G. Fanfani eds. Munich. Forthcoming. 2022
  • “Drunk with Power: Wine Drinking Vessels, Inebriation, Sexuality, and Politics at Poggio Civitate (Murlo).” Studi Etruschi 83. 35-68. 2021
  •  “Il telaio di Omero.” Prometeo. 70-74. 2021
  • “Resource and Ritual: Manufacturing and Production at Poggio Civitate (Murlo).” In Making Cities: Economies of Production and Urbanization Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE. Gleba, M. Ed. 147-160. 2021
  • “Le aristocrazie arcaiche: il caso di Murlo (Poggio Civitate).” With Ann Glennie. Atti del XXIV Convegno Internazionale di Studi sulla Storia e l’Archeologia dell’Etruria. G. Della Fina. 515-545. 2021
  • “Augury and Observation: Speculations on an Italic Ritual Practice.” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 65. 540-557. 2021
  • “Manufacturing at Poggio Civitate: Elite Consumption at Social Organization in the Etruscan Seventh Century,” Etruscan Studies 17.2 (2014): 1-19.
  • “Letters and Non-Alphabetic Characters on Roofing Tiles from Poggio Civitate (Murlo),” with Rex Wallace. Etruscan Studies 16.2 (2013):  210-66.
  • “Excavations at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) During the 2012-2013 Seasons: Domestic Architecture and Selected Finds form the Civitate A Property Zone,” with Theresa Huntsman and Kate Kriendler. Etruscan Studies 16.1 (2013): 287-306.
  • “The Performance of Death: Burial Practice and Community Identity in Central Italy’s 7th Century Urbanizing Period,” in G. Meyers and M. Thomas (eds.) Monumentality in Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture: Ideology and Innovation (University of Texas Press 2012), pp. 41-60.
  • “A ‘new’ inscribed plaque from Poggio Civitate (Murlo),” with Rex Wallace. Etruscan Studies 15.1 (2012): 1-17.
  • The Social Context of Proto-Literacy in Central Italy: The Case of Poggio Civitate,” with Rex Wallace. The Accordia Research Papers 12 (2012): 57-68
  • “An Inscribed Rochetto from Poggio Civitate (Murlo),” with Rex Wallace, Studi Etruschi LXXIII (2011): 193-98.
  • “An Archaic Period Well from Poggio Civitate: Thoughts on the Final Destruction of the Site,” Etruscan Studies 13 (2010): 93-104.
  • “Mistress and Master: The Politics of Iconography in Pre-Roman Italy,” in D. B. Counts and B. Arnold (eds.), The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography (Budapest: Archaeolingua Press 2010), pp. 211-20.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Classics 103: Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • Classics 224: Greek Mythology
  • Classics 300: Greek Archaeology
  • Classics 301: Roman Archaeology
  • Classics 391: World of the Etruscans
  • Classics 393: Celtic Archaeology
  • Classics 393A: Technology in the Ancient World