Stephen F. Austin State University

Archaeology

"Archaeology is our way of reading that message and understanding how these peoples lived. Archaeologists take the clues left behind by the people of the past, and, like detectives, work to reconstruct how long ago they lived, what they ate, what their tools and homes were like, and what became of them." -State Historical Society of South Dakota

Archaeology is one of the four sub-fields of anthropology. It is the study of material culture from past societies to learn about human behaviors. Archaeologists apply these findings to increase our understanding of all human societies--contemporary, historic, and prehistoric.

Students wishing to do concentrated work in archaeology should pursue one of the following:

Archaeology Courses offered at SFA

ANT 251 Introduction to Archaeology

ANT 352 Prehistory of North America

ANT 382 Area Studies in Anthropology (topics have included The Maya and The Aztec)

ANT 440 Field Methods in Archaeology (Summer I of even years)

ANT 447 Special Topics in Anthropology (topics have included Archaeological Foods and Feasts and Box Office Archaeology)

For a more complete description of these courses, click here.

Careers in Archaeology

Employment possibilities for students with an emphasis in archaeology include:

Other links of interest for archaeologists:

Contact Us

Dr. Leslie G. Cecil

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research interests: Maya archaeology, Ceramic analysis, Archaeological sciences, Anthropology of Technology

e-mail: cecillg@sfasu.edu

telephone: 936-468-3980

office: LAN 332



Dr. George Avery

Archaeology Laboratory Director

Cultural Heritage Resource Coordinator

Research Interests: Historical archaeology, Spanish Colonial archaeology, Ceramic technology, Mississippian Period in the Southeastern United States, Cultural Resources Management

e-mail: averyg@sfasu.edu

telephone: 936-468-2457

office: F80