The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

The aims of the program are to give students the academic background needed for careers in field archaeology and the conservation of archaeological resources, to prepare students to teach in community colleges and secondary schools and to provide opportunities for university students, teachers, curators, and administrators to refresh themselves on recent developments in archaeology. The program is administered by Yale's Council on Archaeological Studies, with faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Classics, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics, History, History of Art, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Religious Studies, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Read More Read Less
Degrees Offered MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
The major consists of twelve courses including the senior project. In addition, students must participate in a Yale-affiliated summer research project, or another archaeological field school approved in advance by the director of undergraduate studies. The following five courses are required: an introductory survey; the introductory laboratory course; an advanced laboratory course; a theory course; and the senior research project. The remaining seven courses required for the major must be distributed among the six subject areas represented by the departments and programs offering courses double-titled with Archaeological Studies, with three of those seven courses falling in different departments and programs. The relevant departments and programs are: Anthropology, Classics, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics, History, History of Art, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Religious Studies. For three of the seven archaeology electives students may, with permission of the director of undergraduate studies, substitute three courses from other departments in areas related to their research. Students majoring in Archaeological Studies are strongly encouraged, but not required, to devote a second to archaeological research in the field or laboratory. Members of the Council faculty currently direct archaeological field projects in China, Egypt, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Peru, Rome, Senegal and Syria.
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements Courses are drawn from the graduate programs of the participating departments and from those undergraduate courses that are also open to graduate students. Eight courses are required. Unless previously taken for credit, these will include the archaeological laboratory overview; at least one additional lab course; a course related to archaeology in two of the following three groups: 1) Anthropology; 2) Classics, History, History of Art, Near Eastern Lang/Civ, or Religious Studies; 3) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Forestry & Environmental Science, or Geology and Geophysics; plus four electives. All students are required to participate in an approved summer field project. In addition, each student will write a master's thesis. Degree candidates are required to pay a minimum of one year of full tuition. Full-time students can complete the course requirements in one academic year, and all students are expected to complete the program within a maximum period of three academic year
MA/MS Specializations Archaeological Studies
Phd Specializations Anthropology PhD subfield Archaeology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Grants Or Funding Josef Albers Traveling Fellowship, Michael Coe Fund in Archaeology for summer fieldwork, Augusta Hazard Graduate Research Fellowship in Archaeology
Support Opportunities

BA: apply for financial aid through Yale College, on-campus employment opportunities, Michael D. Coe Prize for exceptional archaeology senior essay.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Subsumed under the Yale Initiative for the Study of Ancient Pyrotechnology are the following: Archaeology Teaching Lab, Archaeology Methods Clean (Computer) Teaching Lab, Archaeology Methods Dirty Teaching Lab, Archaeomagnetism Teaching Lab, Archaeometallurgy Teaching Lab, GIS/GPS, and Petrography/Ceramics Kiln Lab; Center for Earth Observation; Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; Yale University Art Gallery

Library Resources Anthropology Collection; Social Science and others:

Yale University Publications in Anthropology (YUPA), with Peabody Museum Publications; Richard L. Burger, Curatorial Editor-in-Chief; Yale Graduate Journal of Anthropology

Certs Offered 0
  • Oswaldo Chinchilla
    Primary Contact
    Assistant Prof Anthropology, Asst Curator Peabody Museum, Director of Undergraduate Studies Archaeology
  • Eric Sargis
    Primary Contact
    Curator Peabody Museum,Forestry & Environmental Studies & Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,Professor Anthropology,Professor Anthropology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Yale University Department of Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University Art Gallery, Human Relations Area Files
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Yale Anthropology Society
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0