Olivia Navarro-Farr, Chair
Siavash Samei, Visiting Professor
P. Nick Kardulias, Emeritus Faculty
Archaeology is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates the past by finding and analyzing evidence from material culture and the natural environment. Its history as an academic field in this country began in 1879, when scholars from a number of established academic disciplines - especially history, classical studies, anthropology, and art history - founded the Archaeological Institute of America. Archaeologists draw on the humanities, history, the social sciences, and the physical sciences in their research to identify the unique achievements and common elements of past societies around the world.
Wooster’s archaeology curriculum has been designed to reflect the interrelatedness of the participating fields and to promote both ethical awareness and an appreciation of human diversity. The program is designed both for majors and for students with a more general interest in archaeology. Majors may view the degree in archaeology as partial preparation for a career in teaching, museum curatorship, or field archaeology. If so, they should secure as broad a background as possible in the liberal arts and plan to pursue their studies on a graduate level.