Archaeologists study people and societies through the material evidence they leave behind. The South African archaeological record covers a period of over two million years, and fieldwork will take you to some of the best sites in the world including the Cradle of Humankind. You will also learn about modern scientific methods, ethical issues and archaeological theories.
Study areas include: Rock Art - the study of San and early farmer art, Palaeoarchaeological studies – the evolution of modern human behaviours and cultures, the rise of complex African kingdoms – including societies at Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela, the last 500 years – how events have shaped and modern southern African identities, and cultural heritage management – how we manage and conserve our past.
Geography focuses on the understanding of physical and human environments and their changes over different scales. The undergraduate programme in Geography provides a grounding in: Environmental change – from land degradation to environmental management, environmental policy – including global and national environmental agendas, politics and social justice, Earth systems – from climate studies and meteorology, to Earth surface processes and biodiversity, human society – including economic development and urban geography, and Geographical Information Systems.
Both disciplines offer a unique viewpoint on the contemporary world and how physical and human environments change.
It is also possible to take Geography or Archaeology as part of the BSc General or BA General degrees.