Study archaeology

Make new discoveries in ancient cultures.

Explore your passion for ancient history, culture, language and civilisations with our exciting new major, archaeology. Studied as part of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation), this rich major will focus on Ancient Israel and its material remains including landscapes, architecture, artefacts, and people.

Why study archaeology at ACU?

This major is unique, in fact, it’s Australia’s only academic program with a specialisation in the archaeology, history and languages of Ancient Israel. During the major, you will:

  • get the chance to join a real archaeological excavation in Israel – imagine the thrill of digging up something last held 3,000 years ago
  • broaden your experience with the opportunity to go on an intensive study trip to Rome where you will learn about its past and heritage
  • be subsidised by generous scholarships to help fund your travel*
  • learn interdisciplinary skills and expand your career opportunities
  • complement your studies in related fields such as history, theology and education
  • find yourself making lifelong friends who share your passion and interests
  • indulge your opportunity to study something you will love and follow for the rest of your life.

Career outcomes

By studying archaeology, you'll develop the skills to become an archaeologist or pursue a career in higher education (in archaeology and history), heritage, museum studies, cultural management, teaching, consulting, research, and government.

You will also gain access to a huge range of careers that benefit from analytical skills and critical thinking – such as journalism, community development, public relations, professional writing, and more. 

And while this major is primarily offered through the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation), archaeology is interdisciplinary. This means you will also have the opportunity to choose it as a major or minor within a range of other single and double degrees offered at ACU, such as theology, global studies, business, law, and education (availability of the major will vary across campuses).


There are a number of scholarships on offer to support travel to Rome and Jerusalem as part of the major in archaeology through the university and the generous support of donors.*

Channel your inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones and join the quest to uncover the secrets of the past. In this three-week intensive learning experience, you will be joining a unique archaeological excavation jointly directed by ACU in partnership with international experts.

Archaeological field schools are proposed in Israel, where you will get to excavate one of the most famous sites from Ancient Israel, and in Rome, where you will study the everyday life of the Ancient Romans.

What you will study

The archaeology major provides core instruction on archaeological evidence and theory combined with opportunities for hands-on experience in the field.

You will learn about ancient peoples in the Near East from earliest habitation through interactions of the ancient Israelites with the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Canaanites, Philistines, Greeks and the Romans.

Along the way, you can choose to study related units in history, languages and science depending on your personal interest. Top achieving students can undertake a personalised special research project supervised by the program director and complete an honours year.

Meet the program director

Associate Professor Gil Davis has had long experience organising and directing the study of archaeology and field trips to Israel. He is passionate about engaging students and getting them to enjoy their studies and make the most of their opportunities. Associate Professor Davis has a range of research interests spanning Ancient Greek and Near Eastern history, numismatics (coins) and archaeometallurgy.

ACU has a strong team of scholars who pool their talents and expertise into teaching the archaeology major.  

How to apply

To study archaeology, you will apply for your choice of bachelor’s degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation), and then choose your major when you enrol at ACU. Applications are made through your local TAC (QTAC, UAC or VTAC).

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* Some scholarships are competitive and subject to you being accepted to go on a trip.

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