Archaeologists and bioarchaeologists study past human cultures and behaviour through the material left behind: artifacts and features, plant and animal remains, human remains, sediments, sites, and their associated landscapes.

In the Department of Archaeology, our students engage in practical training and experiential learning in classroom, laboratory and field work settings that provide a comprehensive education and transferable skills. State-of-the-art laboratories specializing in applied archaeological sciences, archaeobotany, archaeological conservation, and prehistoric, historical and aboriginal archaeology integrate undergraduates into community-university research initiatives from Northern Labrador to French Guiana and from British Columbia to Northwest Europe.

As one of the largest Archaeology departments in the country, we train our students to become effective researchers, critical thinkers, and active stewards for our shared archaeological heritage.


Conservation of 19th century rifles undertaken at MUN

Over the past few years, conservators in the Department of Archaeology have been working to preserve a crate of 19th century British Enfield rifles dredged from the Grand Banks in 2011.

Since their discovery, Conservator Donna Teasdale has used the specialist facilties housed at the Conservation Laboratory to reveal and stabilise the rifles which have spent over 150 years underwater.

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Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement through Community Archaeology

Event Poster PDF.

On Friday 2 Dec, 3-5pm in QC-2013, a panel of researchers from the MUN archaeology community will speak about the impact and the lessons learned from the practice of “community archaeology” in fieldwork. This discussion will help to understand how engaging a community is a way to ensure good governance and implement best practices regarding heritage.

Contact Dr. Catherine Losier to find out more.

Come and join the discussion!

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Dean's List 2015-16: Archaeology undergraduates recognised

Congratulations to a number of our Archaeology undergraduate students who have made this year's Dean's List in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

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'Wild Archaeology': Memorial archaeologists feature in TV documentary series

The research of Memorial archaeologists Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Scott Neilsen features in episodes of  the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) series Wild Archaeology.

Find out more in the MUN Gazette.

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Course Offering - Winter 2017

ARCH 3592: Norse Archaeology

This course explores Late Iron Age/Viking Age/Medieval responses to the "new": new technologies, new cultures, new ways of doing, new lands and new religions.  Students will work with raw materials of the period to better understand material culture, and the Norse in Newfoundland and Labrador will be considered within a global context.

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'Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers'

A new book, Contact in the 16th Century: Networks among Fishers, Foragers and Farmers, presents new research on the archaeology and history of early contacts between Europeans and First Nations peoples throughout Eastern and Atlantic Canada.

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'Etudes Inuit Studies: The Inuit in southern Labrador'

The latest volume of  Études Inuit Studies presents research that examines the Inuit occupation of southern Labrador. With a particular focus on Inuit-European contact and relations the volume features articles by Peter Pope, Lisa Rankin, Amanda Crompton and Amelia Fay.

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A new book, by Dr. Catherine Losier, examines the commercial networks of French Guiana during the Ancien Regime

Dr. Catherine Losier's research details the economic and social aspects of colonial life in French Guiana during the Ancien Régime (pre-revolutionary France). Her analyses of archaeological collections and historic documents relating to the colonial French plantations of the period (1688-1794) provide new insights into the commercial networks linking French Guiana to France, as well as to the Caribbean islands and North-American colonies.

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