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Archaeology and Heritage Studies (BA)


 Waterloo

Our new Archaeology and Heritage Studies program explores the archaeology of the New World and the Ancient Mediterranean World. The program focuses on the cultures of North America, in both the pre-contact and post-contact periods after the arrival of Europeans, and the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and the Near East.

You’ll be trained in the methods of field archaeology and analytical techniques used in modern archaeology within the context of the larger field of heritage conservation and preservation. Courses in this program are a mixture of theory and the practical applications of that theory in our archaeological laboratories where studies in material culture are conducted.

Modern archaeology is multidisciplinary and combines the disciplines of Anthropology, Biology, Geography, History, and Ancient Languages. Within the larger field of Heritage Studies, the program examines how modern archaeology is today conducted as both a scholarly pursuit and as a profession in which practitioners consult and work in partnership with Indigenous, descendant and local communities.

This program is flexible. Prerequisites are only for third-year and fourth-year courses. You must complete a core set of required courses and make up the remainder of required credits from a list of non-required courses. Specialization is possible but most students choose from an array of courses reflecting each faculty member’s expertise.

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Program Highlights

  • Our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program is the only such program in Canada that requires mandatory participation in field projects as a degree requirement. Recent field schools, taken for credit, have been carried out in Ontario at a 16th/17th-century Wendat (Huron) village, Old Fort Erie, a War of 1812 site, at the Minoan palace of Gournia in Crete, and the biblical town of Nebo (Khirbat al-Mukhayyat) in Jordan. Non-credit projects are sometimes available as volunteer opportunities such as the most recent project in Bermuda on an 18th-century plantation site.
  • Work-study and volunteer opportunities are available each year for students wishing to assist professors in their research projects.
  • Class sizes are capped at 40 for third-year courses and 20-36 for fourth-year courses, including the capstone course experience.
  • There are a range of first-year classes to choose from, including Introduction to Archaeology; Methods and Principles of Archaeology; Physical Anthropology and Human Prehistory; The Greek World; and Roman Civilization.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Sport in Greece and Rome
  • Heritage Preservation
  • North American Prehistory
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Archaeology of Death: Burial Practices Around the World
  • Professional Archaeology (Cultural Resource Management)
  • Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Archaeology of Disasters
  • Digital Heritage and Archaeology

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

  • Teaching
  • Professional archaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • Heritage preservation
  • Museum collections
  • Curation of cultural objects

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