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Archaeology is the scientific study of human material remains. It covers people from prehistory through the world today. Archaeologists reconstruct human lifestyles, explore questions and theories about humans and culture, and contribute to the management of cultural resources.

At Eastern Kentucky University, students may take archaeology courses that span the globe, work in an archaeology laboratory, and learn archaeological methods by participating in our bi-annual Archaeology Field School held at the Daniel Boone National Forest.


(consult the University catalog for course descriptions)

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  • ANT 321: Historical Archaeology
  • ANT 341: North American Archaeology
  • ANT 355: Selected Topic in Archaeology
  • ANT 357: Archaeology and the Law
  • ANT 360: Mesoamerica Before Cortez
  • ANT 439: Practicum in Archaeology
  • ANT 470: Field Methods in Archaeology (Archaeology Field School)
  • ANT 471: Archaeological Materials Analysis


Archaeology and Human Culture (satisfies Gen Ed Element 5a)

Study of the evolution of human societies through time and over space. The course focuses on hunter-gatherer, horticultural, agrarian and industrial societies, and their change through time.

Historical Archaeology

This course provides an introduction to the material culture of North America’s recent past. Lecture is combined with hands-on exercises using historic artifacts and documentary sources.

North American Archaeology

A basic but comprehensive introduction to Native American archaeology from the earliest evidence through European Contact.

Archaeology and the Law

Survey of Federal legislation for the management of cultural resources, and the repatriation of human remains and other materials to descendant Native American tribes. Global heritage issues also addressed.

Mesoamerica Before Cortez

The study of archaeological past, the colonial experience, and the contemporary reality of the Indians of Mesoamerica, focusing primarily on the ancient Maya.

Field Methods in Archaeology (Archaeological Field Methods)

A hands-on study of archaeological field methods including excavation techniques as well as some laboratory analysis of archaeological remains.

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