The Master of Science Degree program in Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology, is a recent addition to the graduate offerings of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute. The archaeology concentration emphasizes field and laboratory methodology in the investigation of both open and especially closed (i.e. cave/rockshelter) archaeological loci and includes an intensive component of geomorphology, sedimentology, and soils sciences. Within the sphere of laboratory methodology, there is a concentration in the analysis, conservation, and interpretation of perishable, plant-fiber derived artifacts, including basketry, textiles, cordage, cordage byproducts (e.g. netting) and sandals. Emphasis is also placed on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of durable artifacts, notable flaked stone and in the recovery of organic residue from both durable and perishable artifacts.
Graduates of the program are strongly encouraged to pursue post-graduate educations at the Ph.D. Level. Upon completion of this program students will have the requisite skills to compete successfully in any graduate program or, alternatively, to competitively seek employment in a variety of collegiate, museum, or private venues.