About the subject

What did Stone Age people eat? What did houses look like three thousand years ago? When was the wheel invented? Archaeology studies the material remains of prehistoric humans and tries to understand how they perceived their world and how their societies were organised.

The course in archaeology provides basic knowledge about people, cultures, and societies from prehistoric and historic periods, concerning mainly in Northern Europe, but with added global perspectives. The focus is on interpretations of regional diversity and times of change. The source material includes archaeological finds, ancient monuments/ancient landscapes, and written evidence. The course also provides insights into: the history of archaeology, the organization and relevance of the discipline in modern society, and the specialised field of numismatics. With its broad outlook and survey of knowledge about humanity over an extended period of time the course is useful to a wide range of professions.

Career opportunities

Archaeologists may find work for instance in museums, administrative authorities, private excavation firms and universities. The subject can also be advantageous in professions in media, culture, education and tourism.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in archaeology you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

The bachelor’s degree in archaeology is only offered in Swedish.

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A master’s degree in archaeology can only be obtained through enrolment in one of the master´s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

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Research within archaeology ranges from the Stone Age to the present. Prehistoric material, modern theories, and laborative methods are all used to understand the conditions of ancient humans.