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Course Specialization: Introduction to Archaeology

Comprised of four online archaeology courses, Rice’s Introduction to Archaeology specialization is designed to offer learners a comprehensive understanding of archaeology 101 concepts. The courses cover scientific methods, interpretation models, critical concepts in archaeology, and explore archaeology's broader impact on society. By taking this specialization, you will gain first-hand knowledge of the most exciting contemporary debates in archaeology.

Who should attend:

  • Advanced high school, college students, or lifelong learners.
  • Anyone interested in how to become an archaeologist.
  • Individuals who are interested in the stories of ancient civilizations.
  • Individuals interested in archaeology, museum studies, preservation, and cultural and historical studies.

You will be able to:

  • Provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and interpretation models used in archaeology.
  • Introduce learners to critical concepts in archaeology and help them understand the most exciting contemporary debates in this field.
  • Explore the broader impact of archaeology on society and how it contributes to our understanding of the past and present.



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Dr. Molly Morgan, Ph.D.

Molly Morgan is an archaeologist investigating the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at regional plantations, including Levi Jordan and Varner-Hogg, in order to examine the historical context and legacies of slavery and how it is presented in public history. This work involves public archaeology through engagement with communities and local groups in Texas. She also works toward public history interpretations along with colleagues at the Texas Historical Commission, which manages these historic sites. This work offers experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students in all parts of the process of archaeological research.

Visiting Archaeologists

Dr. Molly Morgan is joined by world-class archaeologists throughout this specialization. They are (from left to right, starting at the top row) Dr. Mary Prendergast, Dr. Nick Bourgeois, Dr. Jeff Fleisher and Dr. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo.

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Explore our related Archaeology Courses

Intro to Archaeology Course 3

Intro to Archaeology: Archaeology as Reconstruction



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