Environmental Archaeology

Discover how ancient humans interacted with past environments in the only undergraduate specialization of its kind in Canada.

Become an expert in the intriguing relationships between past civilizations and plants, animals and even climate change in this one-of-a-kind Archaeology specialization. You’ll gain hands-on experience applying geological, biological, and physical sciences concepts to archaeological field studies, expanding the extraordinary complexity of humanity's long-term relationship with our environment.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)
  • B.Sc. (Honours)


  • Peterborough


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  • Get your hands dirty studying comparative zoological collections and animal bones from archaeological sites
  • Gain professional experience applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies to archaeological case studies
  • Build an understanding of laboratory methods for measuring stable isotopes in archaeological materials
  • Build knowledge of core concepts and ideas about ecology and its relationship to human culture
Belize fields school, led by Dr. Helen Haines, provides students with the opportunity to excavate an ancient Maya ruin

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Geoarchaeologist
  • Archaeobotanist
  • Environmental Impact Assessor
  • Archaeozoologist
  • Site/Land Surveyor
  • Archaeological Data Manager
  • Archivist
  • Bioarchaeologist
  • First Nations Liaison Officer
  • Professor
  • Archaeologist

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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