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Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

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Archaeology is a key to unlocking the mysteries of humanity’s past. By excavating the physical remains of people, the places they lived and the objects they made and used, archaeologists gain knowledge of human history and prehistory.

Professional archaeologists are involved in the discovery and excavation of archaeological sites and the interpretation of the material recovered from them.

The many technical and analytical skills required to undertake these tasks can be obtained through the Bachelor of Archaeological Practice where you may choose courses from the disciplines of archaeology, geology and geography.

Archaeology at ANU

This degree is designed to build your knowledge of theoretical, interpretive and analytical approaches to archaeology and you will learn how to apply this knowledge to analyse historical artefacts found in archaeological sites.

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice students learn to:

  • Undertake archaeological fieldwork using different techniques and approaches to locate, map, record, collect and excavate archaeological materials
  • Critically analyse archaeological materials, including human remains, artefacts, plants and animals, archaeological sediments and other materials
  • Reconstruct archaeological sequences and culture histories and develop an understanding of environmental archaeology
  • Interpret aspects of the human past.

By choosing this program, you will receive a world-class and internationally recognised degree and learn from some of the leading archaeology researchers in the world. There is a mock excavation site on the ANU campus that develops students’ skills in excavating prehistoric and historic sites. Students receive the comprehensive training required to pursue a career in this exciting area.

Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of Archaeological Practice can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

Study overseas

Current research is focused on Australia, the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Prehistoric Europe and Roman Britain, and includes many aspects of world archaeology and paleoanthropology.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Career options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Archaeological Practice develop the skills necessary to work as professional archaeologists and in archaeological investigation. The degree is specifically designed to prepare you for a career in archaeology; such as to work as a researcher or heritage consultant. Career opportunities in archaeology may include working in private enterprise undertaking environmental impact assessment, or in Commonwealth and State Government heritage agencies. ANU archaeology graduates also work in national parks, mining companies, as independent consultants or as advisers to Aboriginal Land Councils.

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Going on five field schools has given me the skills I need to get a job. I haven’t just studied its theoretical aspects in the classroom; I’ve gone and practised it in the field.

Elise Jakeman, Bachelor of Archaeological Practice (Hons)

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