Welcome to the Archaeology Program

“Instead of being tethered within the small present, bounded on one side by a hazy tomorrow and on the other by a very few centuries of carefully dated yesterdays, the long stream of human existence can be traced ever backward through the millennia… Backward, ever backward, the trail runs, and it is given to the archaeologist to trace its way.”

—Ann Axtell Morris, 1934 Digging in the Southwest


What is archaeology? Why take an archaeology course or invest in a degree or career in archaeology? Answer these questions and more. Our website includes detailed information about the degrees we offer, our courses, and archaeological research at Boston University. Archaeology at BU connects multiple scholarly disciplines with the shared aim of revealing more of the human story and its deep past.