Anthropology, Historical Archaeology (MA)

What is An Anthropology, Historical Archaeology (MA) Degree?

Anthropology looks at societies and cultures all over the world, looking at how they began and how they continue.  Historical Archaeology is a kind of melding of anthropology, history, geography, and folklore, in which written or somehow documented materials—like cave drawings–are compared to artifacts to look for consistencies and verifications, which sometimes don’t happen.  It’s sort of like the detective arm of Archaeology where numerous pieces are put together to draw conclusions.

You’ll probably need to have a BA degree in Anthropology or History to apply for this program.  You’ll take courses in things like historical research methods of archaeology, historical preservation, and advanced field methods in archaeology, and you’ll attend seminars where you will report findings of your own research.  The program will probably require the writing of a thesis.

The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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