Department of Archaeology
Archaeology provides a vivid understanding of how the past informs our present through its focus on the material remains of the human past.
We are one of Australia's leading and most dynamic Departments of Archaeology. Our nine full-time staff offer a highly diverse programme of undergraduate teaching, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research opportunities spanning many areas of archaeological inquiry and practice. The research funding success of staff projects and our global connections are reflected in the broad scope of our international fieldwork programmes across Australasia, Asia and Europe. An active community of professionals and interested members of the public in Sydney, along with frequent visitors from overseas, contribute to a lively programme of activities.
Archaeology has been taught at the University of Sydney in various forms since the early 1930s. The Department of Archaeology is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The University of Sydney's Angkor Lidar project made Archaeology's top 10 discoveries of 2013.
It’s generally thought that the first humans arrived on this continent somewhere around 50,000 years ago. But how did they get here and what light can archaeology shed on the process?
SOPHI Undergraduate guides for 2014 now available for download as PDFs for Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy.