A Specialization of NC State's M.A. in Anthropology Program
Archaeologists study past cultures through their material remains—from everyday objects to human remains to landscapes. Our archaeology graduate students develop a program of study based on holistic training in anthropology and interdisciplinary scholarship. We provide dedicated laboratory space for archaeological research and materials analysis.
Graduate students may choose to construct a research project on a subject of their own choice in consultation with their advisor, or to gain training and expertise in the following areas of study.
Areas of Study
Inequality, Communities and Political Economy
- Understand the fundamentals of human social organization and social inequality past and present.
- Research the material evidence of social, political, and economic organization and change using archaeological methods.
- Develop a framework for critically assessing the theories, methods, and data that archaeologists apply to the topics of political organization and social inequality in historic and prehistoric contexts.
- Faculty who work in this area include: Case, Grossman, McGill, Millhauser, and Wesp
- Understand the legal, ethical and practical aspects of the management of archaeological resources.
- Study relationships between cultural and natural heritage and the social and political processes involved in conservation and preservation.
- Build partnerships with community groups focused on cultural heritage and preservation.
- Develop professional experience and critical skills related to cultural resource management and public outreach.
- Faculty who work in this area include: Grossman, McGill, and Millhauser
Collections and Cultural Resource Management
- Study the policies and practices of cultural resource management as it pertains to the investigation of archaeological resources.
- Design and implement collections management policies and plans.
- Develop professional experiences and skills related to cultural resources management and collections management.
- Faculty who work in this area include: McGill and Millhauser