Archaeology is the study of past human activities emphasising interpretations of material evidence. By excavating the physical remains of people, the places they lived, and the objects they made and used, archaeologists gain knowledge of human history and prehistory.
Anthropology is the study of cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world. Anthropology is uniquely placed to interpret the widest range of contemporary social phenomena.
Biological anthropology is the branch of anthropology that focuses on the evolutionary and biological aspects: Homo sapiens as a species - human populations as varied and dynamically changing sets of biological individuals, adaptable but also vulnerable to ever-changing circumstances.
The School of Archaeology and Anthropology contributes to the teaching of Development Studies across ANU through an undergraduate program offering a specialist Bachelor of Development Studies degree.
The Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS) draws together two related areas of study, cultural and natural heritage and museums and collections. These areas examine, contribute to, and theorise the processes by which heritage is produced and consumed.
The Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR), formerly the Digital Humanities Hub, links researchers and graduate students across the university working with digital technology in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, visual arts, museums and collections, social and environmental history, literary studies and linguistics.
The Centre for Native Title Anthropology aims to enhance the practice of native title anthropology in Australia through a series of innovative programs and workshops for applied anthropologists.