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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.

News

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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NLAS and MUN students collaborate to analyse Burgeo lithic collection

 In a joint effort the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeology Society and MUN students have produced a report documenting a privately-held collection of archaeological lithic artifacts from Burgeo on the south coast of Newfoundland.

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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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Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 2494: Game of Genders: Sex and Society in the Medieval North

This second-year interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the gender spectrum of the medieval north. Gender identity and expression are important to understand the individual within society.

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Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 1005: Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

This course features the analysis of scholarly literature, media, and others sources of knowledge related to Aboriginal and Indigenous studies. This is the Introductory course for the new Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.

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Course Offering - Fall 2016

ARCH 6685: When Worlds Meet: Nature/Culture and Ontological Conflicts.

This graduate course explores the theoretical developments that are putting into question the modern ontological divide between nature and culture. Students will investigate the implications that these developments have for scientific and political practices, and will examine the emerging attempts at understanding ontological multiplicity and conflicts which challenge the most basic assumptions about the ultimate consititution of reality.

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