Graduate Program

Aerial view of archaeology site

Memorial’s Department of Archaeology includes archaeologists whose interests span the deep-time, precontact and historical records of the Americas, Europe and Africa. The Department has particular strengths in the study of the North Atlantic region, and maintains active field research programs in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, the Caribbean and Europe.

Our strong international reputation is reflected in the research profiles of our faculty, the interdisciplinary research projects and community engagement initiatives we pursue, and our vibrant teaching programs. Students have access to state-of-the art laboratory facilities and archaeological collections. We foster collaborative projects with cross-appointed faculty in Geography, History, Classics, and Earth Sciences.

We provide students with the opportunity and support to develop strong field-, lab- and theory-based research projects of their own, and to join a community of scholars with an abiding curiosity about the material cultural and biological records of the human past.

The Department of Archaeology offers graduate programs leading to Master's and Doctoral degrees.

  • The M.A. degree involves coursework, a thesis proposal and a written thesis, which can be completed in two years of full-time study

  • The Ph.D degree involves coursework, a second language requirement, comprehensive exams, and a thesis proposal, which can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Find out more about applying to the Archaeology graduate program.

For more information about Master's and Doctoral examinations and submissions, please review the School of Graduate Studies Theses and Reports guidelines.

Archaeology graduate courses: Fall 2022

For additional course infomation such as slot, room number, and instructor, see our upcoming courses database. 


Theory and Method in Archaaeology & Prehistory (ARCH 6000)

A seminar-based course focussing on the development of theory and method in archaeological research. This course will assist students in selecting a theoretical orientation in which they can engage with their research.

CR: the former ARCH 6411.


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

The nature/culture divide is one of the most basic assumptions grounding modern science and politics. As such, in the past and still in the present, this ontological divide has been key on how we (so-called moderns) conceive the world and our relations to other humans as well as non-humans. In recent years, a number of developments have problematized this modern ontological divide as well as a whole series of binary oppositions spanning from it, such as subject/object, representation/represented, mind/body and so on. The emphases of the discussions have been on as diverse topics as the concrete issues where the problems with the nature/culture divide become evident such as human/non-human relations; the ‘imbroglios’ of nature-culture like climate change that are produced by technology; shifting notions of personhood; the status of ‘things,’ substance and property; the reconceptualization of society and nature as seamless socionatural orders; and the problems that all this poses for political and scientific representation to mention a few. In this course we will explore: a) the developments that are putting into question the modern ontological divide between nature and culture , b) the implications that these developments have for scientific and political practices and, c) emerging attempts at understanding ontological multiplicity and conflicts as a central feature of the present moment.