Archaeology is concerned with the full range of past human experience - how people organized themselves into social groups and exploited their surroundings: what they ate, made and believed; how they communicated and why their societies changed.

Renfrew and Bahn, Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice

 

People are fascinated by past cultures and civilizations - think of the interest generated by a new archaeological discovery in Egypt or Central America, or the excitement of finding an unusual or precious archaeological object. 

Archaeologists are interested in all of human history, whether it is the relatively ephemeral traces of a campfire or meal eaten one million years ago in Africa, to the monumental architecture of classical Rome, the spectacular beauty of an Aboriginal rock art site, or the material culture of an early twentieth century household.  Every artefact offers us a potential window on the past. 

Archaeology is a dynamic and exciting field of study which has become a global field involving a host of scientific and allied disciplines.  What attracts many people to archaeology is the fantastic combination of intellectual and physical endeavour that it entails, whether in Australia or overseas. 

Archaeological careers can be found in academia, as a consultant, in a government department, or through employment in a museum.  It is a firm degree base from which to pursue further studies in other disciplines and many mature students come back to University to pursue archaeology as something they have always wanted to do.

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