Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
6.6 Archaeology
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • P. Pope

The Degree of Master of Arts is offered in Archaeology by either full-time or part-time study.

  1. Candidates may specialize in either archaeology or bioarchaeology.

  2. The choice of specialty will govern the selection of Supervisor(s), courses, and thesis or research paper topics. When candidates are accepted into the program, they will be assigned one or more Supervisors. Candidates' programs shall be the responsibility of their Supervisor(s), the graduate co-ordinator, and the Head of the Department.

  3. If candidates' records suggest a deficiency in some areas(s), the Department reserves the right to require that they complete additional undergraduate courses before beginning program courses.

  4. Normally, the M.A. program should take six academic semesters to complete, of which the first three semesters will be spent in (a) completing course work, (b) writing and orally defending a thesis proposal before members of the faculty, and ©) beginning to carry out research. The following semesters will be spent in (d) completing research, (e) presenting an oral research report to the Department, and (f) completing a thesis.

  5. Candidates for the Degree of a Master of Arts in Archaeology will be required to complete not fewer than 12 credit hours, nor more than 18 credit hours of courses at the graduate level.

  6. Most Department graduate courses are taught in either a seminar or tutorial framework; all courses require intensive reading, regular oral communication of ideas to faculty and other students, and preparation of written research papers and other assignments.

  7. Normally, during the second semester of the first year of study in the program, a written thesis proposal which has been approved by the student’s Supervisor(s) will be circulated to all members of the Department. The written thesis proposal should be made available to faculty members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of a student’s oral presentation and defence of the proposal.

  8. Shortly following the completion of their research, candidates will be required to present an oral research report on their findings to the Department.

  9. A final draft of the thesis will be evaluated in accordance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.


A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • 6020 Bioarchaeology
  • 6040 Human Osteology
  • 6095 Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory (same as History 6095)
  • 6151 Palaeoethnobotany
  • 6181 Palaeoeskino Cultures of the Eastern Arctic
  • 6182 Advances in Material Culture Analysis
  • 6187 Readings in Maritime Provinces Prehistory
  • 6189 Palaeopathology
  • 6191 Approaches to Early Modern Material Culture
  • 6192 Conservation Method and Theory
  • 6290 Newfoundland and Labrador Prehistory
  • 6310 Economic Analyses in Archaeology
  • 6320 Ethnoarchaeology
  • 6330 Archaeological Field Conservation
  • 6409 History of Archaeology
  • 6411 Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory
  • 6500 Special Topics in Historical Archaeology (Prerequisite 6191)
  • 6680-6699 Special Topics in Archaeology and Prehistory
  • 6700 Interpretative Methods in Archaeology
  • 6701 Interpretative Methods in Historical Archaeology
  • 6890 Graduate Seminar