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What is Archaeology and Heritage Studies?

Modern archaeology is multidisciplinary and combines the disciplines of anthropology, biology, geography and history. Within the larger field of heritage studies, the program examines how modern archaeology today is conducted as both a scholarly pursuit and as a profession in which practitioners consult and work in partnership with Indigenous, descendant and local communities.

About Our Program

Our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program explores areas of faculty research expertise in 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. The practical applications will be conducted in our archaeological laboratories where studies in material culture are conducted. Experiential learning, which in many cases leads to careers in the heritage field, is one of the programs core strengths.

This program is flexible and prerequisites are only for a few third- 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.

New! Combined Program with Geography

A new combined Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography and Archaeology and Heritage Studies is slated to begin in fall 2018. This combined program allows you to pursue aspects of archaeology that combine environmental approaches and geographical studies of the landscape which employ the latest remote sensing techniques.

Field Schools

We have four field schools that run on a two-year cycle:

Research Opportunities

Students can assist with research arising from our faculty members' projects at the above field schools. Research and lab work for these projects has led to publication and conference presentations for some student volunteers.

Funding and Awards

We have the following awards available for students who participate in overseas excavation projects:

  • Alvin J Pauli Scholarship in Archaeology
  • Catherine Elaine Bingeman Memorial Award in Archaeology
  • Hugh MacLean-Jakob Zeyl Scholarship
  • Lawrence E Toombs Bursary
  • Luella M. Ernest Undergraduate Academic Scholarship
  • The Smith Margaret Manley Memorial Bursary

Also available each year are several instructional assistant positions for senior undergraduates for our lab and field courses.

"My time at Laurier was amazing, mainly because of the sense of community I felt right from my first year. One of the best things about the department is that we have working labs with research being conducted while you study at Laurier. That hands-on experience is something that really sets you apart after graduation."

– Ashley Paling (BA '17)


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