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An Eye For Ancient Art And Architecture

Ashley Vannasse '12
Classics major
Pursuing Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology and Museum Studies

Ashley VannasseIn 1947, 2,000-year-old scrolls were found in caves along the Dead Sea and this summer alumna Ashley Vannasse worked in the exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science that is displaying these ancient artifacts. She also interned in the archives department at the Boston Ballet, helping them prepare for their 50th anniversary.

This isn't the first time Ashley's worked with ancient artifacts. In fact, it was the opportunities she had at Saint Anselm that she credits with making those graduate internships possible.

The former Classics major worked the archaeological dig in Italy four times as a Saint Anselm student and while there, she discovered much more than Roman coins. The dig and college's humanities program opened her eyes to ancient art and architecture.

"Seeing what we learned in Humanities come to life in front of me while on the excavation and while traveling Italy was remarkable and I knew that Classics and archaeology were things that I wanted to keep doing and learn more about. I was able to participate in the excavations at Coriglia for four summers, gaining valuable hands-on field experience."

Now Ashley is earning her Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology and Museum Studies at Florida State University and largely attributes her success to her liberal arts education and her hands on experience at Saint Anselm.

"Majoring in Classics at Saint Anselm prepares you for anything. You will get a well-rounded education that helps you in whatever career path you choose," she says.

Ashley enjoys the combination of archaeology and working with people so she hopes to continue her museum work upon completing her master's.

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