Department of Archaeology and History
We inspire students to join us in building knowledge about our world, and its many pasts, so that we can create a better future.
Our students get real world experience on study tours, in field schools and on location at excavation sites around the world.
Want to become an archaeologist or a historian? A La Trobe degree is the gateway to a rewarding career.
Our innovative researchers are shaping how the past is understood in Australia and abroad.
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We partner with the Heritage sector and our communities to develop new understandings of the past.
Our laboratories expose Archaeology students to cutting-edge scientific techniques.
Our history and archaeology research is rated ‘above world standard’.
Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018
Top 100 globally
La Trobe's archaeology subjects rank in the top 100 globally.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 2021, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Archaeology
Over 50 majors and minors
Choose your own adventure with majors, minors and electives from more than 50 interest areas.
Tailor your arts degree, combining interest areas in humanities, social sciences, business, health or science
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With our flexible Bachelor of Arts, you have access to a range of majors in Arts and Open Access from across the University.
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2.9m-year-old stone tools found at Kenyan site
Ancient stone toolkit reveals early humans’ hunting ground larger
Laboratory specialises in human origins
The Australian Archaeomagnetism Laboratory specialises in research that seeks to uncover our human origins
Inspirational teachers in Archaeology and History
Meet our inspirational teachers and find out how they are helping students to learn about the past