Bachelor's programme in Archaeology


Archaeologist at work outside the Nidaros cathedral in Trondheim

Archaeology is the study of the cultural and social development of the past through physical traces of human activity.

Archaeology involves the excavation and dating of findings, such as rock carvings, church ruins, grave-mounds, iron-producing plants, ports and ship wrecks, coins, ceramics, jewellery, weapons tools, glass and textiles. These discoveries are fragments of several precedent cultural societies. Through these findings, our history may be reconstructed. Moreover, it gives us the opportunity to obtain increased knowledge of life in immediate and distant past.

The bachelor's programme in Archaeology comprises of archaeological research, excavations, public administration and museum activity. The interaction between theoretical insight and practical work is important in order to provide students with an understanding of the connection between the archaeological research activity and the mundane tasks awaiting archaeologists in several professions within administration and museums, as well as universities and other research institutions.

The programme of study aims to enable students to establish the existence of cultural traces, as well as to obtain knowledge of ancient cultures and societies from physical remnants. This requires thorough knowledge of the source material, and also to the theories and methods employed in the production of archaeological knowledge.

The specialization in Archaeology will provide students with knowledge of the development of societies in both prehistoric and historic past. Special emphasis is placed on regional development in an international perspective. An introduction to archaeological theory and method, including empirical data and field archaeology, will provide the students with an insight into how archaeological knowledge emerges.

Contact Information

Phone: +47  73 59 64 40



Visiting address:
Campus Dragvoll
Edvard Bulls vei 1
Building 6, level 4
Postal address:
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department of Historical Studies
NO-7491 Trondheim