About Archaeology

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What is Archaeology?

Archaeology is the study of how people lived in the past—all people, no matter when in the past or where in the world.

Why Study Archaeology?

  • A degree in archaeology will provide skills that are an essential foundation for most careers.
  • Students are introduced to both the natural and social sciences, as well as applied fields.
  • Archaeology at SFU also includes programs in biological anthropology and forensic science.
  • Students receive training in research skills that include statistical analysis, research design, information management, and First Nations studies, to name a few.

Why Study Archaeology at SFU?

  • SFU has one of North America's leading archaeology programs. It has internationally recognized faculty, and in 2007 opened state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
  • Students receive opportunities to participate in on-going research projects in British Columbia, the Western United States, South Pacific, North Africa, South America, and other areas.
  • If you have a keen sense of discovery you will enjoy our interesting and insightful lectures, working in our labs analyzing cultural artifacts, and having the opportunity to work outdoors on both local and international projects.

What kinds of course topics are available for an Archaeology student at SFU?

  • Ancient and historical archaeology from regions throughout the world
  • Human fossils and evolution
  • Ancient DNA analysis
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Ancient plant and animal use
  • First Nations archaeology
  • Resource management
  • Indigenous art
  • Museum studies
  • Primate behaviour.

What about Archaeology Field Schools at SFU?

The Department of Archaeology offers exciting field schools every summer, one locally, and one abroad. Local field schools have worked and studied in the Keatley Creek and Fraser Valley areas.  International field schools have gone to Peru, Tonga, Fiji, and China.

What degrees are available from the Department of Archaeology at SFU?

The Department of Archaeology offers an Archaeology Major, Honours, Minor and Extended Minor program as well as Joint Majors with Anthropology and First Nations Studies.

What employment opportunities are available for Archaeology graduates?

  • Office and fieldwork for archaeological consulting companies throughout North America and Europe
  • Museum work including curation and management of collections
  • Government agencies such as Parks Canada or provincial governments in developing heritage programs
  • First Nations conservation and stewardship
  • Archaeological recovery and identification of human remains from recent conflicts around the world
  • Collection of forensic evidence for police and coroners service

Who do I contact for more information?

Archaeology Undergraduate Advisor: Chris Papaianni (papaiann@sfu.ca)