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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: GrossmanMcGill, 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