Archaeology deals with the study of people and their societies from prehistoric to modern times. An archaeologist examines and documents material remains in order to interpret and understand what these traces say about how people organized themselves. Archaeological studies of material culture also help to deepen our understanding of societies where there is access to written and visual resources. Archaeological theory and practice are integrated and at our department students hone their abilities to think in a critical and systematic manner in order to understand complex reasoning. Here, one becomes able to analyze how our interpretations of earlier times influence and are influenced by our present. Therefore, to think archaeologically often results in an increased understanding of contemporary people and societies.
Archaeology is not only about the gaining knowledge of the past. Moreover, pre history is an important frame of reference when it comes to decision-making in society today, on both individual and public levels. An important aspect of archaeology deals with how interpretations within the subject are constructed and used, for example, in the collective construction of memories that takes place within cultural heritage management, in which archaeology plays a central role.