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Archaeology explores the lives of past peoples through the material culture they leave behind. Using knowledge made in several disciplines, archaeologists across the globe ask a range of questions about the human experience, including how people settled a landscape, what they ate and how they ate it, what work they did, and how they lived their religious beliefs, among many others. At Potsdam, Archaeological Studies students recognize the interdisciplinary and geographically diverse nature of archaeological research by taking classes from multiple departments and with a focus on various regions and time periods. Opportunities for hands-on research, such as through our annual field school, are plentiful.

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This minor incorporates introductory work within several departments including the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Art and the Department of Geology.