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The Klasies River Archaeology team excavating at Klasies River main site credit Sarah Wurz
Archaeology Archaeology is an integrative field that studies the diverse history of human culture and behaviour. Archaeologists at Wits are actively involved in research and the teaching of a broad spectrum of topics including Archaeological theory, Earlier Stone Age, Middle Stone Age, Later Stone Age, Iron Age, historical archaeology, achaeometry, excavation and field methods and rock art management.
Archaeology Archaeology is an integrative field that studies the diverse history of human culture and behaviour. Archaeologists at Wits are actively involved in research and the teaching of a broad spectrum of topics including Archaeological theory, Earlier Stone Age, Middle Stone Age, Later Stone Age, Iron Age, historical archaeology, achaeometry, excavation and field methods and rock art management.

Qualification: BA (Honours)

School: Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1 year

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Why study Archaeology?

Archaeology is a truly multidisciplinary and integrative discipline that embraces evidence from a wide array of fields from earth, biological and social sciences to history, anthropology, and ethnography, to explore the intricacies of our past. Through these studies we can better understand what makes us who we are today and how we have adapted to a changing planet.

Why study Archaeology at Wits?

The Wits Archaeology department was recently rated number 38 in the world, and 1st on the African continent in the QS World University rankings. Our department includes a diverse, research active and passionate faculty and post-graduate cohort working on southern African sites and collections spanning millions of years. Wits Archaeaology prides itself on the breadth of its honours experience which includes choices of specialist modules, a dedicated honours field school, inclusion in archaeological research teams and access to world class archaeological resources like the department collections and the Rock Art Research Centre.

Career opportunities available with your honours degree in Archaeology include:

  • Cultural Resource Management (after formal accreditation by ASAPA)
  • Heritage Management (including museum sciences, heritage legislation and policy management)
  • Municipal and governmental consultants on heritage practice
  • Research and lecturing in archaeology departments
Honours programme co-ordinator

Dr Dominic Stratford; Dominic.Stratford@wits.ac.za; tel. 011 717 6577

The BSc and BA Archaeology Honours degree comprises a research project, two compulsory courses and two elective courses. A student may select any two of the four elective courses on offer.

Course code Description NQF credits NNQF Credit Quarter

Compulsory course – Full year

  • ARCL4025A Research Project: Archaeology NQF credits: 40, NNQF Credit 8, Full year

Compulsory course Q1

  • ARCL4027A Theory of Archaeology NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 1


Elective courses Q2 choose ONE of the below courses:

  • ARCL4022A Archaeology of the last 2000 years NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 2
  • ARCL4018A Archaeometry NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 2

Compulsory course Q3

  • ARCL4016A Archaeology in the Field / Laboratory NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 3

Elective courses Q4: choose ONE of the below courses:

  • ARCL4026A Stone Age Archaeology NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 4
    ARCL4023A Rock Art Management NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 4

Honours:

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.
Additional Entry Requirements

An undergraduate BA or BSc degree in Archaeology from a recognised university. 

If applying from a university other than the University of the Witwatersrand, the minimum entry mark may be higher and we may request a written piece of work. This work should be authored solely by the applicant and written in English. 

  • Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre. Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept or decline an offer, apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

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