Archaeologists study of the breadth and diversity of human experience through analysis of material culture, from the earliest appearance of humankind to the recent past. The Archaeology Minor at Grand Valley is a collaborative interdepartmental program that welcomes students in every academic major.

Students who complete the Archaeology Minor find employment in areas such as film, museums and archives, studio art, tourism, publishing, and government service. The Archaeology Minor is fully compatible with pre-professional programs such as business, nursing, and engineering.

The Archaeology program encourages student participation with local and national archaeology groups. The Michigan Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Institute of America have local chapters that welcome student members. Students are also encouraged to take part in faculty and student-directed research projects.

The Archaeological Society of GVSU is a student organization dedicated to bringing together all students and faculty interested in archaeology. The Archaeological Society meets frequently for a variety of social and academic events such as movies, field trips and discussion of excavation projects.

Opportunities for participation in archaeological field projects, both local and international, are numerous. Students interested in archaeological fieldwork should consult the Archaeology Program Coordinator or other program advisers to discuss approved field programs that fulfill field research requirements for the Minor.


Native American Occupations at the Ada Site

February 09, 2018

Coming up on February 14! Lynn Chapman presents Native American Occupations at the Ada Site! The Ada Site (20KT36) is a multicomponent site located in Kent County, MI. See "Events" for more details.

LiDAR and traditional archaeology at El Pilar

January 05, 2018

Recent advances in remote-sensing technology, especially involving Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors, have revolutionized ancient Maya settlement studies. LiDAR images reveal structures ranging from massive temples to farmsteads.

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Archaeologist of the Month

Contributed by students in the Archaeology Program.

Archaeological Issues

Contributed by students in the Archaeology program.

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