Archaeology uses scientific field work and laboratory techniques to investigate past human societies and the processes and effects of cultural evolution through the study of material remains.

Western’s Anthropology Department has a small but growing program in archaeology, and is active in regional prehistoric and historic archaeology. Both undergraduate and graduate student’s participation in fieldwork in encouraged and is necessary if one is to enter the field professionally. Unlike some professions, archaeology can be entered on some levels with a BA degree, although MA and Ph.D. work offer greater opportunities.

Archeology also has its practical applications. For example: Archaeologist reconstructed ancient techniques used to grow fruit trees and other crops in the Negev Desert. Modern farmers successfully applied these ancient farming techniques to make the desert productive again for the first time in two thousand years.

Students planning an archaeology concentration should seek early advisement on the program.


Western Washington University
Anthropology Department - MS 9083
516 High Street; Bellingham, WA 98225-9109