Are you looking for new ideas and projects for your historical archaeology classes? Do you have great teaching ideas that you would like to share with your colleagues?

The Society for Historical Archaeology’s Academic and Professional Training Committee is responsible for the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology programs, the development of standards for academic and professional training in historical archaeology, and keeping track of historical archaeology programs in schools, colleges, and universities. Teaching and training future archaeologists is one of the most important things we “do” as historical archaeologists. The committee has created an online clearinghouse for syllabi and teaching modules dealing with topics relevant to the teaching historical archaeology. You will find below links to dozens of syllabi on general courses in historical archaeology as well as courses on specific topics that make up the discipline’s many interests.

The Committee thanks the contributors so much for sharing their work and experience.

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Topics include:

Historical Archaeology Surveys
Methods and Theory
African/Diaspora/African American Archaeology
Public Archaeology
Regional Surveys
Special Topics

Chris Matthews and Jodi Barnes are the syllabi site editors and will moderate the site. Please send your syllabi (preferably as pdf files) to:

Jodi Barnes ( or Chris Matthews (

Please include your name, affiliation and email address on the syllabus. If at any point, you would like to remove or update your posted syllabi on the website, you may email one of either one of us and we will take care of it.