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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
Phone: 617-353-3415
Fax: 617-353-6800

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