Archaeology Spotlight

 Archaeology Lab, Kent Hall 320

Students can choose to focus their studies on archaeology. We provide many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for students to engage in archaeology.


Faculty and Student Spotlight

Underwater Archaeology

Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.


Underwater Archaeology at St. Mary's

ANTH 351. Underwater Archaeology: This course provides an introduction to underwater archaeology at the undergraduate level. Students will learn the history of the sub-discipline and a basic understanding of the steps involved in researching, recording, interpreting and protecting submerged cultural remains. No diving is required for this class. Students who successfully complete the course will have a solid foundation on which to build experience by assisting on archaeological projects.

Other courses to consider:

ANTH 357. Archaeological Analysis and Curation: This course is structured to expose students to a variety of concepts and skills used to analyze precontact Native American and Euro-American material culture of the 17th through 20th centuries. Students work in the archaeological laboratory.

ANTH 412. Archaeological Curation, Conservation, and Collections Management: The course provides an introduction to archaeological curation, conservation and collections management, with emphasis on understanding, managing and preserving historic and prehistoric artifacts and their documentation, including their use by anthropologists and historians, and ethical issues concerning preservation of the past. Students will learn to identify, document, and photograph artifacts; they will learn methods of artifact stabilization, conservation and analysis, working with advanced laboratory equipment.

ANTH 410. Historical Archaeology Field School: This 10-week course in archaeological methodology is sponsored by Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College. Practical experience is supplemented by seminars. This course is cross-listed as HIST 410. Students may receive credit for either course but not both.

PHEC 125. Open-Water Scuba: This half semester, 2-credit course provides students with the basic safety and training skills to qualify for scuba certification. This program follows the standards and guidelines of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), a nationally recognized training agency. The course involves classroom and pool components and requires a final open-water assessment. Students successfully completing the course will receive Open-Water Diver scuba certification. Lab fee: $175, and students will be required to purchase some equipment and cover costs relating to the open-water assessment such as travel, accommodation, food, etc. Prerequisites: Students must be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for 10 minutes. Certain medical conditions may be contraindicated for diving.