Archaeological Anthropology

Graduate training in archaeology and prehistory is offered by a core group of faculty whose specialties include areal foci on Mesoamerica and South America, the Near East, Inner Asia, China, and Africa. Theory interests include the development of complex societies and alternative understandings of complexity; ancient religion and ritual practice; ideology and political organization; writing systems; trade and exchange; craft specialization; and diverse forms of urbanism. The Department has laboratory facilities for archaeological research, as well as access to major collections held by the Peabody Museum. Training is available in field and analytical methods with emphasis on ceramic and lithic analysis, geophysical remote sensing, faunal analysis, archaeomagnetic methods and dating, pXRF compositional analysis, archaeometallurgy, satellite image analysis and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).  In addition to offering a Ph.D. in Anthropology, faculty in Archaeological Studies contribute to Yale’s M.A. Program in Archaeological Studies.


Resources and Common Connections:


Archaeology “Brown Bag” Colloquium Series

Council on Archaeological Studies

Yale Peabody Museum

Yale University Art Gallery

Department of Classics

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Department of the History of Art

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies