Archaeology

Archaeology is a global discipline devoted to understanding people of the distant and recent past. Archaeology provides education and training in the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of material remains, including the application of scientific techniques, written, graphic, and oral accounts, and the study of archaeological heritage.

At Boston University, archaeological research is an interdisciplinary activity drawing upon the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the humanities. Our research and teaching include emphases on field archaeology, archaeological science, and archaeological heritage. Faculty lead projects across the US and throughout the world, direct laboratories, and provide instruction in an array of approaches used to analyze and interpret archaeological materials.

Our facilities include an archaeological analysis lab, a geospatial technologies computer lab, the Environmental Archaeology Lab, and the Zooarchaeology Lab, which are used for faculty and student research. Our teaching lab is used in many of our hands-on courses. Collections of archaeological books, journals, maps, and photos are available in the Stone Science Library, and the Gabel Museum of Archaeology houses artifacts used in teaching, research, public outreach, and presentations in local schools.

Faculty edit journals whose editorial offices are in our quarters, chiefly the Journal of Field Archaeology and the online Levantine Ceramics Project. We also host the Society of Ethnobiology.

Research and teaching are at the heart of the Archaeology Program mission. Faculty and students conduct research across the globe, but teaching takes place in the classroom, in the field, and less formally through student organizations such as the Boston University Undergraduate Archaeology Society and the Graduate Students Organization.