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Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other physical remains of earlier societies and communities so as to unravel the mysteries of human cultural diversity and adaptation. Archaeologists can reconstruct past human behaviours and life ways from tools, shelters, ornaments, food remnants, modified landscapes, and even human remains. Archaeologists at USask focus on Pre-Contact and Contact North American and Siberian archaeology and bioarchaeology, with emphasis on the Northern Plains, Boreal Forest, and Coastal regions of western Canada. The application of natural science methodologies in the analysis of archaeological materials is an important part of archaeological research. For this reason, the Department offers both B.A. and B.Sc. programs.
Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human beings, past and present, in a comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light. Anthropology focuses on the role of culture in human behaviour and diversity, and exposes students to human evolution, social organization, environmental adaptation, and language development. Anthropologists at USask focus on community-based and engaged research in environmental, medical, and practicing or applied anthropology, with specific strengths in ethnographic theory, methodology, and public policy applications. Long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities in the Prairie provinces and non-governmental organizations in Saskatoon and surrounding areas are coupled with international collaborations. We thus emphasize community-based and engaged learning, a commitment to reconciliation, and a broad disciplinary foundation.