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Ph.D. in Archaeology

Memorial University offers competitive funding packages to academically eligible full-time graduate students, both Canadian and international, in eligible programs. Select PhD students will also automatically be considered for the School of Graduate Studies Dean's Doctoral Award (PDF), through a competitive process. The award is an additional amount of $5000 per year for up to four years.

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  1. The Ph.D. in Archaeology is offered in prehistoric or historical archaeology of Northeastern North America and the Arctic.
  2. An applicant must normally hold a Master's degree with a specialization in archaeology or social and cultural anthropology. In exceptional circumstances, a student who has spent three semesters in the M.A. programme may be recommended for transfer into the Ph.D. stream.
  3. The choice of specialty will govern the selection of a supervisor and supervisory committee. This committee will be established for each student as per General Regulation 12b.
  4. Programme of study:
    1. Students will normally be required to successfully complete two (2) courses during their first three semesters in the programme.
    2. The supervisory committee may require the candidates to complete additional graduate courses, if a candidate's records suggest a deficiency in some area(s).
  5. All candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language to be determined in consultation with the supervisory committee. This language will normally be a language in which there is a substantial body of literature in either Archaeology or Social and Cultural Anthropology. A language exam will be set and marked by an authority determined by the Head of the Department and the Dean of Graduate Studies (see General Regulation G2d) and must be completed before the Comprehensive Examination is undertaken.
  6. The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall be administered in accordance with General Regulation H. The examination may be oral, written or both, and shall consist normally of three (3) sessions, each of up to three hours duration, within a one week period. Candidates will prepare for these examinations by undertaking supervised readings in three fields prescribed by the three members of the supervisory committee. The examination will deal with specified areas of either archaeology or social/cultural anthropology. The examination will normally be scheduled in the third week of November each year in the second year of the candidate's programme.
  7. The candidate must submit a written thesis proposal for presentation to the department two months following completion of his/her comprehensive examination.
  8. As stated in the General Regulations for Graduate Studies, the time limit for completion of the degree is 7 years.
  9. Residency: the Department requires a minimum residency of two years for Ph.D. students.
  10. Submission of dissertation and the oral defense of dissertation will follow General Regulation J4.

Required Courses

ARCH 6411. Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory
ARCH 6700 Interpretive Methods in Prehistoric Archaeology
ARCH 6701 Interpretive Methods in Historic Archaeology

Additional courses at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

ARCH 6020. Biological Anthropology
ARCH 6040. Human Osteology.
ARCH 6095. Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory (same as Hist 6095)
ARCH 6151. Palaeoethnobotany
ARCH 6181. Palaeoeskimo Cultures of the Eastern Arctic
ARCH 6182. Advances in Material Culture Analysis
ARCH 6187. Readings in Maritime Provinces Prehistory
ARCH 6189. Palaeopathology
ARCH 6191. Approaches to Early Modern Material Culture
ARCH 6192. Conservation Method and Theory
ARCH 6290. Newfoundland and Labrador Prehistory
ARCH 6310. Economic Analyses in Archaeology
ARCH 6320. Ethnoarchaeology
ARCH 6330. Archaeological Field Conservation
ARCH 6409. History of Archaeology
ARCH 6500. Special Topics in Historical Archaeology (Prerequisite ARCH 6191)
ARCH 6680-6699. Special Topics in Archaeology and Prehistory