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.


In memory of Peter Pope (1946-2017)

It is with great sadness that the Department of Archaeology marks the passing of Dr. Peter Pope, eminent archaeologist and historian, colleague and friend.

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Archaeology student recognized with self-directed learning award

Daniel Rees, a student in the Department of Archaeology, is the winner of the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning.

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Field School 2017

The Department of Archaeology's 2017 field school will take place in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon located off the southwest coast of Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula.

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The Ken Reynolds Scholarship in Beothuk Archaeology

Ken Reynolds' research helped define what we now know of the Beothuk’s essential role in the province’s cultural history. A scholarship honouring Ken's memory will support future research.

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'Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations'

This book examines how the marine environment has influenced human adaptations and social complexity in the past. Two papers co-authored by Lisa Rankin focus on the seascapes of historic Inuit-French cultural contact in southern Labrador.

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