About the Program
Students enrolled in the archaeology minor get to explore societies and cultures of the past through their material remains. Students work to analyze and understand past societies through various disciplines like environmental science, history, anthropology, math, and museum studies.
Through a partnership with the Sandusky Museum and programs with other local museums, students learn technical aspects of archaeological work and explore the theory and methods used by archaeologists to interpret artifacts.
The minor requires 18 hours.
The core consists of three required courses:
- HIST 265 Introduction to Archaeology
- ARCH 301 Archaeology Laboratory
- ENST 365 Environmental Archaeology
Students should enroll in HIST 265 as soon as possible, as it is the foundational course for the other two core courses.
In addition to the core courses, students choose from a range of elective courses (minimum of 9 hours) in archaeology, art, environmental studies, history, museum studies, sociology, and statistics.
Studying archaeology helps prepare students for careers in cultural resource management, museums, public education, historical sites, laboratories, government work, and administration. Other opportunities include jobs that require research, writing reports, management, surveys, and excavation.
University of Lynchburg students started a new archaeological dig at Historic Sandusky Saturday. The students worked along with archaeologists from Hurt & Proffitt, an engineering firm with a lab at Sandusky, and history professors. With the new dig, they are looking for the lost smokehouse that once served the historic home but was demolished long ago.
When environmental science major Saba Iqbal ’19 is not in classes, she spends most of her time in an archaeology laboratory, cleaning, photographing, and filing artifacts found on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the personal retreat of the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson.
Digging in the soil outside Historic Sandusky has been like digging for buried treasure, even though the artifacts LC students unearthed this year would not sell for much online. “It’s still treasure,” said James Robbins ’18. “It has historical worth.” Over the past five weeks, James and four other students continued excavating a site by the […]
The engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt will move an archaeology laboratory to Sandusky. Lynchburg College students will use the lab in research for Sandusky as well as H&P projects.