When it comes to the vast world of archaeology and anthropology, there is always room for more ancestors waiting to be discovered on this planet called Earth.

If you want to know more about the endless realm of world cultures and artifacts waiting to be discovered, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) is ready to take you there and then some.

Headed up by a highly experienced professor, Dr. Steven Howard, the Archaeology and Anthropology programs at EWC will provide you with a first-class education and knowledge to begin an amazing journey that few will ever experience.

“We are an experiential, learning focused program,” Dr. Howard says. “Archaeology and other anthropologies benefit from hands-on experience. We have labs right here on campus, business partners, and field access as well as a lot of hands-on teaching. It’s very experiential.”

Much like any other degree, you will be introduced to amazing and interesting challenges. With the right help, there is nothing you will not be able to overcome in this very fascinating field.

“In any course we have a very low student-teacher ratio,” Dr. Howard continues. “So you will get very good one-on-one coverage with each instructor and will get the attention you deserve.”

Once completing the program, you will have all the tools and skills needed to embark on a worldwide journey where world cultures, people, and artifacts are waiting to be discovered.

“There are a number of different employment opportunities for anthropology and archaeology,” Dr. Howard notes. “Most of the archaeology jobs that are available are in the private sector, as well as public sector resource management work. What we do here is prepare you for that. If you go on to get a bachelor’s degree in a four year school, you will have all the experience that gives you a leg up on others entering college or the workforce. We also have museology, archeologists who work for the BLM, the NPS, and various state park services nationwide. There are a lot of jobs that are available in those sectors, and in Wyoming especially.”

Once again if you want affordable access to brilliant professors who can teach you everything you need to know in this field, EWC is a home where you need to be.

Academic Courses

Full Summer Field School

Public Outreach

Youth Programs


Archaeology is the study of human cultures of the past. Archaeologists collect data from the material remains left behind by human activity to reconstruct past cultural behavior and lifeways. Fields of archaeology include Classical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and Museology. Job opportunities in archaeology in Wyoming include Cultural Resource Management for private firms or for the BLM, National Park Service, etc.

Courses Offered

ANTH 1100 – Biological Anthropology

The study of the physical or biological aspects of humans. This can include the study of other primates as well. This course counts as a Lab Science, and is for 4 credits.

ANTH 1200 – Cultural Anthropology

The study of human societies and cultures through time and across the world. Cultural anthropologists can focus on particular aspects of culture, like language or religion. This course counts as a Social and Behavioral Science, and is for 3 credits.

ANTH 1300 – Archaeology

The study of human societies, cultures and behavior in the past, through analysis of the material remains they’ve left behind. This course counts as a Social and Behavioral Science at EWC, and transfers as a Natural Science at University of Wyoming.

ANTH 2460 – Archaeology Field School

Covers field and basic laboratory methods in archaeology for data collection, analysis and interpretation of cultural material. Emphasis is placed on archaeological questions, scientific methods, heritage preservation and culture change. This is a 6 credit course that fulfills the requirements of a field school at most universities.

Scholarships are available for EWC courses, including the field school.

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Public Archaeology

Concurrent with the Archaeological Field School in the summer, we have a number of public archaeology programs. These include Archaeology Days, in which school or civic groups can participate in workshops, tours, activities and even excavations at Sunrise Mine.

Workshops and Activities

We offer several workshops and activities year-round to enhance the educational experience for our outreach participants. These can include atlatl (spear-thrower) instruction and practice, artifact identification, flintknapping, potterymaking, and lab methods. Workshops and programs can be geared toward elementary and high-school levels, or they can take the form of community education classes.

Community Archaeology

In addition to courses, workshops and activities, we can also provide talks or programs to your groups. We like to include the entire community in our efforts. Contact us for more information at showard@ewc.wy.edu.


Steven Howard, PhD

Program Director - Archaeology

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