The Department of Archaeology and Tourism explores the invaluable contributions of Archaeology, Heritage studies, Tourism and Event studies to National development. The programmes of the department are focused on in-depth understanding and appreciation of our indigenous knowledge systems and values as well as the acquisition of skills for self reliance and competences of our undergraduates.
Thus, students would be better equipped in their understanding of socio-cultural issues and human subsistence patterns at both national and global levels.
The history of Archaeology in the University could be traced back to 1963, when Prof. D. D. Hartle was hired. Initially, Hartle was given a laboratory in the then Science Faculty Building. Subsequently, for some obscure reasons, he moved base from the Faculty of Science to the Faculty of Arts where archaeology became subsumed under the Department of History. Given the scientific nature of the discipline and the resultant disagreement between archaeologists and historians, it became clear that archaeology with its scientific methodology needed a separate existence. It was also hoped that this separation would enable the department to grow more rapidly. This dream was realized on August 1, 1981, when the Department of Archaeology was created. It began with a B.A. Combined Honours Programme, and in 1985, the Single Honours Programme was introduced. In an attempt to bring the departmental programme in line with current trends in Archaeology as well as the desire to equip students to face the challenges posed by today’s globalized environment, the department of Archaeology in 2004 developed an embracing curriculum leading to B.A. Hons in Archaeology and B.A. Hons in Tourism.
The programme has currently been revised into an inclusive B.A. (Hons) Degree in Archaeology and Tourism. Thus, the Department of Archaeology and Tourism presents a revised undergraduate programme leading to B.A (HONS) degree in Archaeology and Tourism. Archaeology could be combined with the following subjects as both four-year and three-year Honours Degree programme: History, Linguistics, Languages, Fine and Applied Arts, Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Philosophy, Geography, Geology, Botany.
In addition to courses taught through formal lectures, students are required to do supervised laboratory practical and undertake at least three field trips, which involve participation in Archaeology or a combined discipline. Those offering the B.A. (Honours) Degree in Archaeology and Tourism are also required to undertake a minimum of two internship programmes to qualify for the award of the degree.
The department offers service courses to departments in the Faculty of Education, and to Departments of History, Fine and Applied Arts and other interested departments that may require some knowledge of the subject. For example, Fundamentals of Archaeology, Theory and Methods in Archaeology, Human Evolution, etc., give some insight of what Archaeology is all about.