Archaeology is a global discipline devoted to understanding people of the distant and recent past. Archaeologists draw on material remains, ephemeral and microscopic evidence derived from plants and soils, and, where possible, written, graphic, and oral accounts. At Boston University, we focus on three areas in our research and teaching: field archaeology, archaeological science, and archaeological heritage. Department faculty have projects across the US and throughout the world, direct laboratories, and provide instruction in an array of scientific approaches used to analyze archaeological materials.

Departmental facilities include teaching and research laboratories, a seminar room, computer room, student lounge, and a reference collection of artifacts and specimens. Additional instructional and research equipment is available through the Center for Remote Sensing. Centers affiliated with the Department of Archaeology are described in the Research Centers & Institutes section of the department website.

Faculty of the department edit journals whose editorial offices are included in departmental quarters, chiefly the international Journal of Field Archaeology, as well as the online Levantine Ceramics Project.

In addition to the archaeological books and journals in the Mugar Library, there is an important collection of archaeological books and journals in the Stone Science Library, which primarily serves the Department of Archaeology and the Center for Remote Sensing. The collection is on the fourth floor in an attractive reading room, along with computers, online catalogs, archaeological bibliographical reference works, maps, and other archaeological reference materials.