Welcome to the Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology provides training in Archaeology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. While a variety of course areas are covered, considerable emphasis is placed on fieldwork, archaeological research, and theory and methods. Although not limited to the following areas, most research concentrates on Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology of the New World and Physical Anthropology.

The Undergraduate Program for majors leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, an Honours BA program is offered. The Honours program is research-oriented, requiring coursework beyond the Archaeology Major, and leads to an Honours Thesis.

The Graduate Program is one of the traditional strengths of the Department. At this level, both Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered.

The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is now accepting applications for 2016/17 Research Associates.


The volunteer and service learning placement at the Museum offers one year volunteer positions for individuals considering careers in museum work. The program is open to recent graduates, undergraduates and graduate-level students of all majors. All positions are part-time and unpaid.

Positions are project-oriented with the incumbents' career and learning aspirations matched to the projects assigned. The experience provides students with exposure to the inner workings of an archaeology museum, promoting an awareness of museum careers through experiences not available through academic settings. The position allows the student to relate theory to practice and gain practical experience in a field of interest. Projects can be completed in research, collections management, exhibit development, archives, digital asset management and education. The availability of positions is determined by the needs of curatorial staff, considering exhibition schedules and the varying potential for challenging projects.

Department of Archaeology
Simon Fraser University

Education Building 9635
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

Phone: 778.782.3135
Fax: 778.782.5666
email: goarch@sfu.ca


Museum open Monday - Friday, 10-12 and 1-4. Our current exhibit features highlights from the collection, curated by a team of students, volunteers and research associates.

The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is now accepting applications for 2016/17 Research Associates.