Archaeology Studies

 Archaeology is the scientific study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

At Western, you will build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations. This includes an understanding of cultural diversity in our own society, in our world at large and in the past.

Beyond the Classroom

Western students have multiple opportunities for field research and access to state-of-the-art technology. You are encouraged (in many required courses) to develop your own creative and relevant research projects to design, implement and present your results - giving you hands-on opportunities that at many other schools are only available to graduate students.

Your courses will incorporate such programs as the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Total Station survey and mapping, and scanning electron microscopy.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of studying anthropology at Western is our access to the unique archeology of the Gunnison Valley. Western Colorado University has conducted field schools on the Tenderfoot Mountain Site since 1991. Tenderfoot, near the campus, is home to structures that date to the earliest Archaic and maybe to late Paleo-Indian periods, which began about 8,000 years ago.

After Graduation

With their degrees in anthropology, Western students have continued on to graduate schools and have pursued careers in industry and government research.