While there is no stand-alone Major in Archaeology, students may choose to pursue studies in archaeology by selecting a specialization either in Anthropology, or in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, and tailoring their course selection to include an archaeological focus. Students are also invited to take courses emphasizing archaeology offered by other departments. Those intending to pursue archaeological studies beyond the undergraduate level are urged to take courses in complementary fields and should also take steps to acquire a broad knowledge of different geographical areas, techniques and theories.

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Anthropological Archaeology

As this program is housed within the Department of Anthropology, students wishing to specialize in this area should select a Major or Minor in Anthropology.

Archaeology approached from this perspective includes a focus on anthropological archaeology, cultural ecology, the economic patterns of hunters, gatherers and agriculturists, and the nature of complex societies. Instruction covers field techniques, analysis, and the study of various culture areas (such as Western North America, Mesoamerica, and East Asia) and includes a local field school. The Laboratory of Archaeology located in the Museum of Anthropology building offers extensive archaeological facilities and houses collections from various parts of the world.

A list of core and ancillary courses in Anthropology and other fields can be found here.

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

As these programs are housed within the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies.

Classical Archaeology covers the art and cultural history of the Greek and Roman world from the Bronze Age to the founding of Constantinople. Near Eastern Archaeology covers the material culture of the ancient Near East and Egypt from the prehistoric era to the Age of Alexander. Although primarily descriptive, courses include a certain amount of archaeological material and method, and discussion of relevant social and historical processes. Some attention is paid also to ancillary disciplines such as epigraphy and numismatics. Field experience is acquired through a summer practicum on a classical or pre-classical site in Europe, Egypt or the Near East. There is a small teaching collection in the Museum of Anthropology.

A list of core and ancillary courses in Classical and Near Eastern Studies and other fields can be found here.

Complementary and ancillary fields of study

Students wishing to develop breadth in archaeology may choose elective courses or a complementary specialization from a number of departments in both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. UBC is strong in areas complementary to archaeology, such as history, ethnology, ecology, geography, geology, metallurgy, biology, and quantitative methods. Students are invited to explore courses in the Departments of Earth and Ocean SciencesArt History, Visual Art, and TheoryGeographyHistoryBiologyBotany, and Zoology.

More information and a list of core and ancillary courses can be found here.


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Department of Anthropology
Anthropology and Sociology Building
Room 2111
6303 NW Marine Drive
Tel: 604-822-2878

Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies
Buchanan C227
1866 Main Mall
Tel: 604-822-2515