Archaeology at Memorial has a growing international reputation founded on the breadth and quality of faculty research, excellence in teaching and state-of-the-art facilities.
We have unique strengths for student opportunities in historical archaeology, archaeological sciences, and the ancient indigenous past. 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.
From 1967 until 2009 Memorial University offered undergraduate instruction in archaeology within the Department of Anthropology (later Anthropology and Archaeology). The University accepted our first M.A. thesis in Archaeology in 1972 and since then our graduate students have completed over 130 Master's theses. We introduced a doctoral program in 2001.
Today, the Department of Archaeology offers Undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D programs in archaeology and bioarchaeology. It also offers the only Ph.D program in historical archaeology in Canada, outside of Québec. Research topics are diverse and include hunter-gatherer studies, ethnoarchaeology and palaeoethnobotany.
Current faculty-led research projects and areas of interest include: