Archaeology

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    Sylvester Ayek taking a selfie of his original home town on King Island, relocated in the 1950's to Nome, Alaska. Photo by Sven Haakanson
  • Research Family at the Burke Museum
    Research Family, a group of Pacific Islander students at UW, gather at the Burke Museum each week. 
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    Quinhagak ecavations at Nullauq (400 year old wet site). Photo by Sven Haakanson
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    Archaeology students at the Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology field school, 2015.
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    Archaeology students at the Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology field school, 2015.

Archaeology is the study of the human culture  through investigation of material traces (artifacts, food remains, features, structures, etc.) and their relationships in space and time, combined with other forms of historical information (texts, oral traditions, etc.) when available. Drawing on a wide range of explanatory theory and rigorous methodologies, archaeologists use material records of human activities to better understand human technological, economic, social, and cultural evolution from the deep past (Lower Paleolithic) to the present.

More about archaeology at UW
Anthropology Major, Archaeological Sciences Option
Anthropology Major, Archaeology Track
Anthropology PhD, Archaeology Specialization
Archaeology Faculty

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