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.


Archaeology at St. Mary's

Archaeology in the Classroom

The department focus on the Atlantic World, and our faculty's expertise offer students interested in archaeology a number of unique opportunities.  Hands-on experience with artifact collections is possible in the classroom, or as part of independent research in the Archaeology Lab.  The Anthropology department offers several courses on Archaeology including:


     Atlantic World Archaeology

     Archaeology Practicum

     Analysis of Material Culture

     Underwater Archaeology

     Archaeological Analysis and Curation


Archaeology Outside the Classroom

As an Anthropology major specializing in archaeology, students will have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in addition to their coursework.  The Anthropology department offers several opportunities for students to study archaeology in the field.  Field experience is possible in Maryland, The Gambia (West Africa) and the Caribbean. 

Sifting Gambia Pottery Archaeology students

The Historical Archaeology Field School (ANTH410) is a 10-week course in archaeological methodology sponsored by Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College. Practical experience is supplemented by seminars. The course is cross-listed as HIST 410. For more information about the relationship between SMCM and Historic St. Mary's City please click here.

Students enrolled in our Research Methods course (ANTH385) have the option to design and carry out archaeology survey at properties in St. Mary's county.  Much of this work results in internship opportunities.  In June and July of 2013 Cremona Fellows will begin excavations at Cremona Estate (Mechanicsville).  For more information contact Dr. Liza Gijanto (

Study abroad opportunities exist to study archaeology as part of The Gambia Field Studies Program (ANTH303).  Find more information about these programs at International Education.  Information can also be found at: Gambia Field Studies Program (Archaeology).