Our new Archaeology and Heritage Studies program explores the archaeology of the New World and the Ancient Mediterranean World. The program focuses on the cultures of North America, in both the pre-contact and post-contact periods after the arrival of Europeans, and the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and the Near East.
Archaeologists seek to learn about the human past through the study of the physical remains left behind by vanished cultures. Artifacts, architecture and environmental evidence all provide valuable clues for the reconstruction of past ways of life.
You’ll be trained in the methods of field archaeology and analytical techniques used in modern archaeology within the context of the larger field of heritage conservation and preservation. Courses in this program are a mixture of theory and the practical applications of that theory in our archaeological laboratories where studies in material culture are conducted.
Modern archaeology is multidisciplinary and combines the disciplines of Anthropology, Biology, Geography and History. Within the larger field of Heritage Studies, the program examines how modern archaeology is today conducted as both a scholarly pursuit and as a profession in which practitioners consult and work in partnership with Indigenous, descendant and local communities.
This program is flexible. Prerequisites are only for third- and fourth-year courses. You must complete a core set of required courses and make up the remainder of required credits from a list of non-required courses. Specialization is possible but most students choose from an array of courses reflecting each faculty member’s expertise.
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