The Archaeology Department at Boston University is unique in the United States in that it is a department of archaeologists and specialists who apply their skill to archaeological problems, rather than being a sub-discipline within another department. We believe that archaeology is a discipline in its own right, closely related to, but separate from anthropology, classics, art history or history. We encourage, and in some cases require our students to take courses in these areas, among others, but their degrees are in archaeology and the majority of their courses are taken within this department.
Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in classics, anthropology, and geology so that within our own teaching we bring this diversity and breadth to the classroom. In turn, our alumni have gone into a variety of academic and related positions upon graduation. It is the nature of Archaeology today that it is an interdisciplinary study and we strive to instill this breadth into our students’ education.
Department chair: Curtis Runnels
Campus address: 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 347
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(2017-02-24)Global Food+ 2017 is an event open to all that will feature an afternoon of “speed talk” presentations by two dozen top scholars in the Boston area. This event will highlight current research findings at the important nexus ...
Ends and beginnings: political change and daily life at Sardis in Late Classical and Early Hellenistic times The fame of Sardis is tied to its history as a royal city, beginning in the 7th century BC and continuing down into the 3rd century BC, when the city was made the capital of the Seleucid province of Cis-Tauric Asia. This ...
Collaborative and competitive strategies in the variability and resiliency of large-scale societies in Mesoamerica (Wiley, 2018-01-05)Examinations of the variation and duration of past large-scale societies have long involved a conceptual struggle between efforts at generalization and the unraveling of specific trajectories. Although historical particulars ...
(Oxford University Press, 2016)Obsidian was the primary lithic or stone material used for cutting activities in Aztec society, including domestic food production, craft production, hunting, warfare, and ritual. The demands of millions of consumers within ...
(Editorial Raices, 2017)Los juegos de pelota más antiguos de Mesoamérica se encuentran en las Tierras Bajas; sin embargo, los habitantes del Altiplano Central adoptaron y construyeron canchas formales desde principios del Preclásico Medio. En ...
(Editorial Raices, 2016)Tanto en la Mesoamérica prehispánica como en los pueblos indígenas actuales, las familias se definen por medio de sus casas físicas –animadas por rituales de consagración y comunión. Se definen también por sus actividades ...
(Raíces, 2016)En los dos milenios que abarcan los periodos Preclásico (o Formativo), Clásico y Epiclásico en Tlaxcala (1600 a.C.-900 d.C.) se dieron significativos desarrollos que incluyen la transición a la agricultura, la formalización ...
(2016)Site-wide, assemblage-based lithic analyses help to elucidate community dynamics including variability in domestic economies, technological skill and decision making, exchange networks, and ritual practices. In this study ...