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Good Schools for archaeology? & Help!

simmple7simmple7 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited October 2005 in College Search & Selection
Im a Junior in High school..
and I have a question...

I am really interested in being an archaeologist.. and majoring archaeology..
Does anyone know any good schools for archaeology?

Just for information, I have pretty good standing at my school (top 3~6%)..

I would perfer if the school offers great science majors (especially biology) too.. (I love biology)

By the way, is it possible to major archaeology and biology at the same time? I heard about "double-major" things..
But I am not sure if I can do that since they are completely opposite branches

And.. if anybody here is an archaeologist.. or knows what the job is like..
I'd love to hear anything(ex. earning, work-condition, etc..) about the job too!

Anyway thanks for helping me out!
Thank You!!!!!!!!
Post edited by simmple7 on

Replies to: Good Schools for archaeology? & Help!

  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,696 Senior Member
    Archaeology usually falls under Anthropology. So any university with an extensive and solid Anthropology program is probably going to have good offerings in the field of Archaeology. That would include the following schools:

    Duke University

    Harvard University (13 professors are devoted purely to the field of Archaeology)

    Northwestern University

    Stanford University (20 professors are devoted purely to the field of Archaeology)

    University of California-Berkeley

    University of Chicago (where Indiana Jones teaches! hehe)

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (12 professors purely devoted to the field of Archaeology)

    University of Pennsylvania

    Washington University

    Yale University

    As for double majoring in Biology and Archaeology, that sounds like a great combination. In fact, there is an entire field devoted to combining the two; Biological Anthropology.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    According to Rugg's Rceommendations on the Colleges:
    for archaeology
    Boston U
    Bryn Mawr
    Hunter CUNY
    U Kansas
    U Michigan
    U Missouri
    UNC Greensboro
    U Penn
    U Texas
    Washington and Lee
    Washington U Missouri
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    One more suggestion: Beloit College in Wisconsin. They have an excellent undergraduate archeology program, and actually offer a biology-archeology major option. They have one of the finest archeological museums at an undergraduate institution and many opportunities for field work as well. Here's the link:
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 10,132 Super Moderator
    I'm a biology and archaeology double major. Rather, I will be once I declare my majors.

    You do realize that archaeology is a rather broad field? Classical archaeology is offered in many classics departments, as is North American archaeology in anthropology departments. Areas like Chinese archaeology, underwater archaeology, or Near Eastern/Egyptian archaeology are much harder to find. A specific interest would be nice...

    However, the archaeology programs that immediately come to mind:
    University of Chicago
    New York University
    University of Michigan
    U Penn
    UNC Chapel Hill
    U Toronto (in Canada)
    Bryn Mawr/Haverford
    UT Austin
    Texas A&M (underwater arch.)
    UC Berkeley
    Boston U
    Johns Hopkins

    In the UK: Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Liverpool

    Archaeology is not a very booming field. Typically positions are teaching or in museums. You'll definitely need a PhD, and you'll need to know French and German. You may also have to know Greek, Latin, Egyptian, etc., depending on your field of interest. Depending on your specialization, you may have to take advanced courses in art history, archaeology, history, or languages.

    As far as job outlooks, here's some responses I got from professors a while back:
    Archaeology is a field in which the phrase "job placement" has very little meaning! Opportunities depend very much on what positions might be coming open at the time a newly-minted Ph.D. happens to be looking for work. Our most recent graduates are either involved with field expeditions (i.e., Chicago House in Luxor) or contract teaching jobs (one will be teaching here as an instructor next year). Others continue to keep a hand in by serving as research assistants with a museum (such as the present Tut show in LA) or University project-but exactly what depends, as I say, on what sort of jobs are being advertised, and whether one's qualifications fit them. Academic jobs generally become open when someone retires . . . . unfortunately, the unvarnished truth!
    What you must understand is that like all other fields right now, archaeology is a tight job market. All the more so because it's taught fewer places than Anthropology or Classical Studies, for example. This is one reason why it's becoming more common for students to negotiate jointly managed degrees - either outright fulfilling the requirements of two depts, or as in the case of one of our students right now, mainly focusing on the archaeology degree but racking up lots of classical arch. and anthropology credentials at the same time.

    Feel free to PM me if you have more questions.
  • yoshi503yoshi503 Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    Columbia founded anthropology!
  • sandiegomom1sandiegomom1 Registered User Posts: 40 New Member
    Hmmmm. I'd definitely add Arizona, Arizona State, and U New Mexico to the list above.
  • simmple7simmple7 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thank you all for helping me out..!
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