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Concentration in Archaeology

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Professor Madonna Moss with culturally modified tree on Forrester Island, Alaska (Photo: D. Corbett)

Archaeologists study human societies of the past through the buildings, objects, landscapes, and trash they left behind. Archaeologists map abandoned cities, dig up ancient buildings, use high tech compositional analyses to find out where stone tools and pots were made, and reconstruct ancient diets through the identification of tiny fragments of animal bones & seeds.

Students interested in archaeology typically start by taking World Archaeology (Anth 150) which surveys archaeological sites around the world or Principles of Archaeology (Anth 145) which provides an introduction to how archaeologists reconstruct past societies.

At the upper division level, students take classes on the archaeology of specific regions, e.g., Africa, Northwest Coast, Southeast Asia or East Asia; on the research questions archaeologists explore world-wide, such as Food Origins, Ancient Cities, or Seacoasts; and on the methodologies/professional skills employed by archaeologists, for example Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany, and Museums.

In addition to regular courses, archaeology students are strongly encouraged to enroll in field schools or volunteer in archaeology laboratories in the Anthropology Department and/or Museum of Natural and Cultural History to gain hands-on experience with archaeological research.

For further information, students are encouraged to contact relevant archaeology faculty, see our Lab posters


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