Students are provided with a broad education and training in theory and method, with many opportunities for student research, either related to faculty projects or of their own design. The faculty is highly diverse in their theoretical perspectives, areas of methodological expertise, and regional specialization, giving students a wide range of opportunities to learn what interests them. UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque's first public museum, houses many important collections from the U.S. Southwest and other areas, which are available to undergraduates for research. The archaeology program also offers laboratory training in lithics, ceramics, archaeofauna, geoarchaeology, and spatial analysis.  

Archaeology Concentration Requirements

Complete the following:

  • ANTH1211 - Archaeology in Practice (3)
  • ANTH1211L - Archaeology in Practice Laboratory (1)
  • ANTH2175 - World Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH320 - Strategy of Archaeology (3)

Earn at least 3 credits from the following:

  • ANTH375 - Archaeology Field Session (2 - 6)
  • ANTH375 - Archaeology Field Session (2 - 6)
  • ANTH480 - Ceramic Analysis (3)
  • ANTH482L - Geoarchaeology (3)

Complete at least 1 of the following:

  • ANTH325 - Stone Age Europe (3)
  • ANTH327 - African Prehistory (3)
  • ANTH328 - Near Eastern Archaeology (3)

Complete at least 1 of the following:

  • ANTH321 - Southwest Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH324 - South American Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH371 - Pre-Columbian Cultures of Ancient Mexico (3)
  • ANTH376 - Maya Prehistory and Archaeology (3)

ANTH *420 may also be applied to the above groups depending on subject matter; this requires department approval.

Earn at least 17 credits from the following types of courses:

  • Student must complete one additional core sequence within Anthropology, plus an elective from a third concentration, plus electives to complete the minimum credit hours.