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Archaeology

Minor

Archaeologists employ material culture to study our human past. For students this is often an unfamiliar but exotic and exciting method of exploring bygone societies. The physical debris of the past is able to tell us much that written evidence cannot. Most people were never able to document their own histories, and much of our human past unfolded before writing came in to use. 

The archaeology minor will provide you with an understanding of the history of humans in a variety of times and places to give you an insight into long-term trend in human life. This minor will also equip you with the intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse and interpret primary archaeological evidence in order to answer questions about prehistoric and historic societies.

The archaeology minor contains broad coverage of the breadth of archaeological work, which allows you to undertake specialist training in one of three regional areas: Australia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East/central Asia. Practical field and laboratory methods are taught, and there are opportunities to participate in fieldwork units locally and around the world, as well as in one of our intensive Summer Schools program in Athens or Rome.

Archaeology is a dynamic discipline that has revolutionised our understanding of the human past. Evidence is continuously unearthed and reveals unexpected and exciting glimpses of ancient life. This minor allows you to explore these vistas of human existence and to learn how archaeologists bring life to past societies.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This minor is offered by the Department of Archaeology.

Timetable

View the Archaeology Unit timetable. 
Please note this timetable is indicative only.

Graduate opportunities

Studying Archaeology can prepare you for many different careers. If you want to become a professional archaeologist, it can lead to a range of jobs, from field archaeology and museology, to academia, conservation, and heritage consultancy. If, on the other hand, your interests in Archaeology are non-vocational, an Archaeology minor provides a stimulating tertiary education qualification which will equip you with the intellectual, social, organisation, communication and other key skills that employers look for when appointing graduates.

Examples include:

  • Field archaeology and museology (including specialisations)
  • Archivist
  • Academic or researcher
  • Conservation officer
  • Historian
  • Heritage or environmental consultant
  • Journalist or writer
  • Librarian
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher
Career pathways
Courses that offer this minor

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