School of Social Sciences


Further information

Archaeology is the study of past culture through the materials people have left behind.

Our goal is to share our passion for archaeology and heritage by training the future leaders in these fields. With more than a dozen staff, 55 postgraduate students and over 150 undergraduates, UWA is one of Australia's largest centres for Archaeology.

Our primary research areas is Australia and our staff work on projects in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Current projects involve collaboration with industry and community partners and focus on the following six research themes:

  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Rock Art
  • Maritime and Coastal Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Heritage Studies
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis

Information on each research theme can be found here.

Undergraduate Archaeology

UWA offers a learning environment supported by research-led teaching and training that is applied at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

If you want to start studying archaeology, information on undergraduate courses in archaeology can be found here.

To further your skills, UWA Archaeology can help you start an Honours project.

Please contact the Honours Coordinator Sven Ouzman for further information.

Postgraduate Archaeology

UWA is a leading international centre for postgraduate research in Archaeology. We pride ourselves on our vibrant postgraduate research culture and are always keen to receive applications from high achieving local and international prospective students.

Current doctoral research projects include a range of social approaches to understanding the deep Indigenous past of Australia. While rock art is a major focus, we also have strong interest in historical archaeology, post-colonial archaeology, maritime archaeology and heritage studies.

Within easy reach of Africa and Asia, UWA is the ideal base for a large range of international archaeological PhD projects.

More information about our degrees and how to apply can be found here.

To find a supervisor, contact Benjamin Smith.

Archaeology Seminars

Our seminar series runs during semester on Thursdays at 4pm in Social Sciences Lecture Room 1 (G28).

For more information contact the coordinator Sven Ouzman and India Dilkes-Hall