Archaeology

How past societies lived, worked and played

Explore the artefacts of past societies to unlock the secrets of ancient life. Learn how fragments from the past teach us about past economies, social structures, art and culture.

Why study Archaeology?

Archaeology is about the origins and evolution of human existence. It's at the heart of who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Investigate how civilisations developed in Egypt and the Middle East, Asia, Mesoamerica and Western Europe; and explore Australian Indigenous and historical archaeology.

Use archaeological techniques and theories to learn about the evolution of modern people and their social and technical developments. Take part in excavations and excursions to archaeological sites from your very first semester.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2017 Handbook.

Where can Archaeology take me?

Archaeology can take you far and wide – from Cambodia to Croatia, Greece to Guatemala, Mexico to Morocco. Our graduates are employed on projects all around the world including many sites in our own backyard.

Most archaeologists in Australia work for government departments, universities, museums, consulting firms, resource corporations or Aboriginal Land Councils.

Our graduates work as archaeologists, heritage managers, conservation officers, museum curators, academics, researchers and private consultants.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe is ranked top in Victoria for research in Archaeology (ERA rankings 2015)
  • Work at our unique on-campus excavation site, the Teaching Archaeological Research Discipline in Simulation (TARDIS).
  • The Australian Institute of Archaeology is located on site at our Melbourne campus.
  • Participate in fieldwork through our close ties with Heritage Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
  • Make the world your campus by taking part in international fieldwork, study trips and volunteer placements from Cyprus to South Africa.
  • Develop practical and professional skills for the workplace in our interdisciplinary first year subjects.
  • Join the La Trobe University Archaeological Society – a thriving community that hosts events, supports students and promotes relationships with staff and industry.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, the Honours program awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research or PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on Archaeology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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