Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Concentration in Archaeology Program By University of Kentucky |Top Universities

Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Concentration in Archaeology

Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Concentration in Archaeology

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
Since its inception in the 1960s, the graduate program has been nationally recognized as a leader in applied anthropology. We define applied anthropology as research with practical application and impact, but anchored in a rigorous foundation in anthropological theory and method, whether from cultural, bio-cultural, medical, or archaeological perspectives. With grounding in core anthropological theory and method, we train our students to be skilled researchers who can traverse both academic and non-academic settings, bringing to their research a sound intellectual base, and skills for application and practice. The primary regional focus of the department's archaeology program is on the Americas, especially Eastern and Midwestern U.S. and Mesoamerica. Current students, however, are also engaged in research in the Southwestern U.S., Southern Plains, and both lowland and highland South America. Faculty and staff have a broad range of experience from the eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains and from the northern Plains to Central America. Although faculty has a diverse range of technical expertise and theoretical interests, they share a common interest in peoples and cultures of the New World from the Late Pleistocene through early historical times. In addition to courses in the Department of Anthropology, many students take courses or seek outside committee members in the departments of Geography and Geological Sciences. The archaeology program has also recently added a full complement of geophysical instruments to aid in field research. See the corresponding technical research and teaching concentration in Archaeological Geophysics. The William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology is also the primary curatorial facility for archaeological collections from Kentucky. While the museum contains approximately 8,000 individual collections, the largest and best known date from extensive WPA excavations in the 1930s and 1940s. Many UK graduate students incorporate analysis on materials in the collection into their thesis or dissertation research. In addition, approximately five to ten researchers per year from all parts of the U.S. and many international institutions request access to these collections to conduct bio archaeological and artifactual analyses.