Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other physical remains of earlier societies and communities in order 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. Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan focuses on the past peoples of western Canada and the broader Circumpolar North. 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 evolutionary, environmental and language development and adaptation. Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan demonstrates particular expertise in medical, environmental and applied anthropology, emphasizing Indigenous studies, globalization, the anthropology of gender, and psychological anthropology, with active research programs in local, international, urban, and institutional contexts. We emphasize community-based and engaged learning, a commitment to reconciliation, and a broad disciplinary foundation.Jim Waldram, one of our faculty member was featured in Thinking: A Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Collaboration Collider.