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Learn how archaeologists study materials to better understand humanity’s past from renowned researchers at La Trobe.

  • Explore a wide range of scientific techniques and methods, including geophysical survey, geographic information systems (GIS), archaeomagnetic dating, and ancient DNA.
  • Build the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in professional archaeology in Australia and overseas.
  • Develop long-term perspectives on modern issues, from the ancient past to the present.
Two female archaeology students in dig site

Male archaeology student in dig site

Your questions answered

Student recording herself sharing why she chose to study archaeology at La Trobe
Why did you study archaeology?

Felicity shares her reasons for studying archaeology at La Trobe.

What's it like to be at a dig site?

Felicity shares her experience at her first dig site and finding her first artefact.

What are the classes like?

Felicity shares what the classes are like, and what she likes best about them.

What's the course structure like?

Felicity talks about the specialisations, majors and minors you can take in your archaeology degree at La Trobe.

What are the teachers like?

What are the teachers like?

What's next for you after you graduate?

Felicity talks about her plans to work on a dig site in Egypt after she graduates.

What can you do with an archaeology degree?

Felicity talks about the different industries you can work in with an archaeology degree.


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Possible Careers

After graduation, you could work in specialist fields such as professional archaeology, cultural heritage management or research.

Study human activity from the past. Recover artefacts, analyse samples in the laboratory and advise on sites of historical importance.

Identify and protect sites of cultural importance. Advise government and non-government organisations on the maintenance and protection of historically and culturally significant sites and buildings.

Educate communities about the past while protecting and maintaining culturally significant collections.

Explore Archaeology

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A class of archaeology students at Drimolen Paleo Cave in South Africa.
Two archaeology students under a tent in an archaeological camp site surrounded by archaeology equipment.
Group of students and teachers standing in front of Archaeology display at La Trobe
Male student standing in front of tray of bone fragments

Archaeology courses

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