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Courses and Requirements

The goal of Hamilton's Geoarchaeology Program is to encourage connections between geological concepts and methods to aid in the interpretation of the archaeological record of past societies.

Geoarchaeology uses geologic methods and principles to enhance interpretations of the archaeological record, focusing on such issues as geochronology and stratigraphic succession, processes of deposition and diagenesis, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and landscape evolution. Designed for students with shared interests in geology and archaeology, the concentration builds on the common histories and research domains of these fields.

A concentration in geoarchaeology consists of 10 units of credit taken from the existing curricula of the Anthropology and Geosciences departments. Required courses include: Archaeology 106 and any 100-level Geoscience course; Archaeology 325; two courses from Archaeology 243, 245 or 249; Geosciences 211; two courses from Geosciences 220, 236 or 290; and Geoarchaeology 500 and 501. Concentrators must fulfill their senior project requirement through satisfactory completion of 500 and 501. Beginning with the class of 2020, students concentrating in Geoarchaeology will satisfy the Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies requirement by completing the requirement offered in either Anthropology, Geosciences, or both. Honors will be awarded on the basis of excellence in coursework and a superior Senior Project.

Students are encouraged to take field courses in both disciplines, especially Archaeology 281 and 282. Students considering careers in geoarchaeology or related fields should take additional courses in biology, chemistry and other sciences.

500F/501S Senior Project.
A two-term course during which concentrators pursue an independent project and give a public presentation of their results. Proposals for projects must be accepted in the spring semester of the student’s junior year. 501 may not be taken as a separate course. One course credit for 500 and one-half credit for 501. The Program.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information


Geoarchaeology Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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