At Syracuse our focus is on historical archaeology and bioarchaeology. We teach a wide range of courses covering early humans through the recent past, archaeological method and theory, material analysis, and field archaeology. The historical archaeology emphasis within anthropology draws upon our strengths in social and cultural anthropology as well as from Maxwell School faculty in History and Geography. The faculty at Syracuse engage in hands-on opportunities in our classes and involve students in field programs in New York and the Caribbean. Teaching and research is facilitated by our new suite of Archaeology and Bioarchaeology Laboratories in Lyman Hall.
At Syracuse we study a range of topics addressing culture change and interaction in the broader Atlantic World, with regional foci in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, with a strong focus on the people of Africa and the African Diaspora. Our topical interests include culture change, interaction and transformation, to the impacts of colonialism, capitalism, the slave trade, and slavery, refined material culture studies, and research techniques from underwater archaeology to archaeological applications of GIS and GPS. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Maxwell School and University's excellent computing and GIS facilities.
Graduate Studies in Historical Archaeology (including Bioarchaeology)
In today's world of advanced archaeological studies we have opt-ed to focus our expertise, teaching, and training in historical archaeology. With-in this focus we include a range of topics from plantation sites, to shipwrecks, and skeletal populations. Students benefit from an approach that vests our sub-disciplines within the broad based and theoretically rich field of anthropology. Prospective students are encouraged to take a close look at the research interests and active research programs in which our faculty have taken an active and leading role. Our strength is the combination of knowledge and expertise in historical archaeology and bioarchaeology of the broader Atlantic World (Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe). We apply the strength of archaeological comparative analysis to settings of contact and frontier settlements, to impacts of colonialism and capitalism, domestic to military sites, en-slaved and free, and evaluate material, spatial, and biological record of people from all backgrounds, classes, and ethnically defined "races", and from house-hold and community level studies to the analysis of human burial remains and practices. At Syracuse we you will find a core of faculty, who work well together and with our student, encouraging the pursuit of answers to meaningful questions.
Undergraduate Studies in Archaeology
For undergraduates interested in exploring the field we offer introductory courses in World Prehistory (ANT141) and Historical Archaeology (145), as well as Archaeology at the Movies (349). Our introductory classes, as well as some of our upper division classes offer day and weekend field trip to sites and museums throughout the North East and Mid-Atlantic. We offer a range of undergraduate classes in topi-cal studies relating to African, the Caribbean, and North American topics of pre-history and historical archaeology. Students get the opportunity to learn archaeological methods and theory as well as laboratory analysis on campus and in annual summer archaeological field programs. Interested students are encourage to work directly with the faculty on research projects and to seek experience in museum and collections management settings. As part of the Maxwell School, we are active in public engagement and offer courses in Public Policy and Archaeology (445/645) and World Heritage (447/647). See Undergraduate Studies in Anthropology at Syracuse.