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Anthropological Archaeology


Program Description

Our graduate concentration in Anthropological Archaeology is aimed at students committed to carrying out original fieldwork and laboratory research. Archaeological laboratory facilities at UCSD include state of the art facilities for paleoethnobotany, geoarchaeology, Levantine archaeology, GIS, digital archaeology and visualization, South American archaeology, and Mesoamerican archaeology. Faculty provide graduate students with lab space, offices, study collections, library, computer facilities, and other research tools. The Ph.D. program in Anthropological Archaeology consists of three phases. During the first two years, graduate students take four core courses focusing on archaeological theory, biological anthropology, and sociocultural, linguistic, or psychological/medical anthropology. By the second year, students also begin to conduct original research, write an M.A. paper, and take additional courses in their area of specialty. After completing M.A. requirements, graduate students take a variety of specialty courses in Anthropological Archaeology and related scientific and humanistic disciplines designed to prepare them for research. They also write position papers and detailed dissertation proposals. This second phase ends in year three or four with advancement to candidacy. The third and final stage incorporates original field and laboratory research and writing the dissertation. Our recent Ph.D.s, current graduate students, and faculty conduct fieldwork in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Peru, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.