Best Archaeology Colleges in India - Part 1

Are you looking for the best colleges to learn Archaeology in India? Want to graduate in Archaeology from any of the top 5 colleges? Do you have an interest in ancient history? This article provides complete information on the best courses and colleges in India in the field of Archaeology.


The study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains is known as archaeology. Archaeology is a broad branch of research. The majority of archaeologists specialize in a specific region of the world or a specific discipline of study. An archaeologist can build proficiency on a specific topic by specialization.

Types of Archaeology

There are different sets of specializations available in this field also. The following are a few of the types-
  • Bioarchaeology: Study of human remains
  • Zooarchaeology: Animals
  • Paleoethnobotany: Ancient plants
  • Lithics: Stone tools

Some archaeologists focus on technology that helps locate, map, and evaluate ancient sites. Underwater archaeologists look for evidence of human activity beneath the water's surface or around coastlines. Archaeological methods are similar around the world. However, archaeology in the Americas is a branch of anthropology, which is the study of humans.

Archaeological Sites

An archaeological site is a location where physical evidence of past human activities can be found. There are different types of sites. The word "prehistoric" is used to describe archaeological sites that have no written record. Stone quarries, ancient cemeteries, cities or villages, campsites, rock art, and megalithic stone structures are just a few examples. It can be huge or small.

Colleges in India with Archaeology courses

Following are the top 10 colleges in India that provide Archaeology courses-
  • Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta
  • MSU - The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Yogi Vemana University
  • St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University
  • Tumkur University
  • University of Mysore
  • Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
  • Kuvempu University
  • PRSU - Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University
Let us find out more details about the top 5 colleges in India offering archaelogy course from the above list.

Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Calcutta in Kolkata was established in 1960 and is a famous institution. It offers a diverse range of courses in a variety of fields, including an M.A. in Archaeology and an M.Sc. in Archaeology. They offer the following services: library, labs, and a conference room/hall. It offers a variety of courses in a variety of fields. M.A. and M.Sc. are two popular courses at this college.  It is located in Alipore Kolkata.

Courses available:
1. M.A. in Archaeology: 2 years course
2. M.Sc. in Archaeology: 2 years course
3. Ph.D

Campus : Alipore (Shahid Kshudiram Siksha Prangan)
Department of Archaeology,
1 Reformatory Street,
7th Floor,
Alipur Kolkata 700027

MSU - The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Maharaja Sayajirao Institution of Baroda is an open university that was founded in 1881 and was previously known as Baroda College. It was founded by Maharaja Pratap Singh Rao Gaekwad and was awarded university status in 1949. Robert Fellowes Chisholm, the famous architect, created the main structure, Faculty of Arts, in the Indo-Saracenic style. The Arts and Science Departments were the first to enroll in the university's initial class.

Courses available:
1.Master of Arts in Archaeology and Ancient History: 2 years course


The M. S. University of Baroda, Pratapgunj,
Vadodara, Gujarat-390002
Phone : +91-265-2795555
Email : ,
Website :

Working Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 06:10 pm
Closed on: 2nd and 4th Saturday, Sunday and Government Approved Holidays.

Yogi Vemana University

Yogi Vemana University was founded in 2006 in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, and is named after a prominent philosopher, sage, and yogi, Vemana. It possesses a great infrastructure, including a library, modern science and research laboratories with sophisticated instruments, an agri-science park, computer labs, roomy dormitories, a gym, a daycare facility, a botanical garden, and a spacious playground. The University, which covers 700 acres, has 27 departments that provide a variety of UG and PG programs, including BTech, MCA, BSc, MSc,  MBA, and MCom. The University has received a B grade from the NAAC.

Courses available:
1.M.A. (History & Archaeology)

Main Campus
The Principal,Yogi Vemana University College,
Kadapa – 516 005, Phone: 08562-225446, Telefax:08562-225443
Prodatur Campus
The Principal,YSR College of YVUniversity
Prodattur - 516360, Phone: 08564- 254770

St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

St. Xavier College Mumbai is an autonomous institute in Mumbai that was founded in 1869 by German Jesuits. It is currently handled by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)(Bombay Province). St. Xavier College received an A+ rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and it is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The university with which the institute is connected is the University of Mumbai. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as certificate and certification programs in the fields of arts, science, commerce, management studies, mass media, and information technology. Education World named the institute as India's top private autonomous college in 2020-21. The institute has a yearly enrolment of 1,140 students. It has a total of 95 faculty members.

Courses available:
Courses & Syllabus:
2. Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology
Courses & Syllabus:
3. One Year Online Diploma in Ancient Indian Culture & Heritage
4. Online Certificate Courses in Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology

St. Xavier's College, 5, Mahapalika Marg,
Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
+91-22-22659484 (Fax)
Principal's visiting hours: Monday to Friday 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University

Dr. Rammanohar Lohia Avadh University, in Ayodhya, is a UGC-accredited state university with a 'B' rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It's a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), as well. The University has 600 associated colleges in seven districts (Ayodhya, Lucknow, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Baharaich, and Gonda) and has benefited over five lakh students through its nine residential PG departments. Across 20 departments, the University provides 93 Vocational, Certificate, UG, PG, PGD, and Ph.D. courses (Economics and Rural Development, Culture and Archaeology, History, Physics and Electronics, Social Work, Law, Education,). RMLAU offers both entry (AUCAT, UPSEE, JEE Main) and merit-based admission.

Courses available:
1. Bvoc (Tourism and Hospitality)-(SFS)
2. BA - Department of Ancient Indian History And Archaeology
3. BA - Archaeology, and Museology
4. MTA (Master in Tourism Administration)-(SFS)
5. MA (History Culture and Archaeology)-(Regular)
6. Ph.D. or DPhil (History Culture and Archaeology)

Hawai Patti, Prayagraj Road
Ayodhya, (U.P.), India
Pin: 224001


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