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Archaeology, B.A.

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Advisors: John Gruber-Miller

Archaeology is a multi-disciplinary field that emphasizes the interpretation of material remains in order to understand a culture’s history, demographics, religions, economic exchange, political systems, and social values. Archaeologists can specialize in traditionally scientific areas, such as floral and faunal remains and forensic archaeology (biology), the chemical composition of ceramics or preservation of delicate paintings (chemistry), or the petrology and geomorphology of lithics and the ability to survey and map sites (geology). Archaeologists use computer software to record and catalog data and to map, and sometimes reconstruct, ancient sites. Historical archaeologists must be able to read coins, inscriptions, and the preserved writings of a culture (languages). Finally, archaeologists need to be able to understand human interaction (anthropology) suggested by the art and artifacts of a culture (art history). In short, to be a good archaeologist, one needs a broad liberal arts education with emphases in one or more specific areas.

Archaeology faculty members: Rhawn Denniston, John Doershuk, John Gruber-Miller, Drew Muscente, Chris Hoklotubbe, Khristin Landry-Montes, Christina Penn-Goetsch, Misha Quill, Emily Walsh


A minimum of eleven course credits, at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level, from the following categories:

2. A minimum of three classes (at least one of which must be at the 300-level) chosen from the following, with one class from the Material Cultures Concentration and one class from the Geographic Areas Concentration:

3. One Field Experience:

  • Iowa Lakeside Lab Archaeological Field School, four credit, four-week-long summer field class ($1200 tuition through the University of Iowa)
  • Other accredited field school (minimum 4 weeks)
  • Field experiences approved by the Archaeology advisor

4. One Laboratory Experience:

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