Archaeology

46.03.01In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • Archaeology has an important place in undergraduate education around the world. According to the Times Higher Education 2021 ranking, among the top 10 universities, programmes in archaeology are present in eight of them. All these universities provide a wide variety of programmes in liberal arts
  • In 2011, Federal Law No 163-FZ dated 27 June 2011 ‘On Ratification of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised)’ was signed. Article 3 para 2 of this law says that the state undertakes ‘to ensure that excavations and other potentially destructive techniques are carried out only by qualified, specially authorised persons’. The ratification of the European Convention has initiated a process of restructuring the mechanism for protecting archaeological heritage (see: Federal Law No 245-FZ dated 23 July 2013 ‘On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation to Suppress Illegal Activities in the Field of Archaeology’) and increased government attention to archaeological research prior to various types of construction work
  • The bachelor’s programme ‘Archaeology’ at St Petersburg University is designed to develop a skills set that makes it possible to know and understand the fundamental concepts of archaeological science, the history of archaeological knowledge from the first human ideas of antiquity to modern archaeological theory. Students study archaeological cultures, agricultural and nomadic civilisations of Eurasia from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, antiquity, the Migration Period, the Middle Ages, and the Modern Period
  • Graduates acquire the skills to carry out research, organisational and managerial, cultural and educational, academic, project, analytical and expert activities
Main courses
  • Ancient archeology
  • Archeological practice
  • Archeological sources
  • Archeology of Caucasus
  • Archeology of  Mesolithic and Neolithic periods
  • Archeology of  Paleolithic Age
  • Archeology of Early Iron  Age
  • Archeology of Siberia and Central Asia
  • Archeology of  Eneolithic Period and Bronze Age
  • History of archeological knowledge
  • Methods of natural sciences in archeology
  • Methods of in-door studies in archeology
  • Methods of the field studies in archeology
  • Preservation archaeology
  • Settlement and early history of the Slavonic peoples in archeology  
  • Sarmatian archeology
  • Scythian archeology
  • Slavonic and Russian archeology
  • Finno-Ugric archeology
Our advantages
  • The programme offers an unusually broad perspective on archeology as a science with its own sources and research methods
  • It brings together academic courses and practices that focus on the archeology-specific skills: introduction and processing of the archeological sources, description and classification archeological material, field research methods, e-resources and software for 3D-modelling of the archeological monuments, modern legislation in preservation of the archeological monuments  
  • It educates and prepares students to work as experts in museums, academic sphere, education, state and private expert archeological companies, state regional and federal agencies on preservation of cultural and archeological heritage
  • It collaborates with the employers in developing professional competences in archeology and preservation of historical, cultural, and archeological heritage
International relations
  • New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)
  • The University of Bergen (Norway)
  • The University of Wrocław (Poland)
Practical training and career opportunities

Practices at

  • Institute of History of Material Culture of the RAS
  • The Hermitage
  • Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of Peter the Great  
  • Kursk Archeological Museum
  • Preservation “Scythian Neapolis”
  • Research Centre “Current Archeology”

Professions

  • Archeologist
  • Researcher
  • Research fellow in academic institutions, museum, educational institutions, private archeological companies
  • Agencies for cultural and historical preservation
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Editors
  • Scientific editor
  • Historical, cultural, and educational tourism
  • Educational centres
  • Secondary education