The Department of Archeology began to offer graduate programs in 1982. Keenly aware of its responsibility to the cultural history of Anatolia and its vicinity, the department aims to unearth, protect and document monuments and ruins, and transfer the common cultural heritage of humanity to next generations.
Besides, the departments goal is to contribute to archaeological research through excavations, surveys and interdisciplinary investigations, which help to bring to light traces of material culture about the past. It also provides students with an opportunity to acquire advanced and detailed knowledge, a wide range of subjects, and problems that are put into practice through excavations and surveys which students take part in. Thus, students are intended to become academically and intellectually well equipped individuals who have field experience.
Within this context, the aim of the department is to heighten the inquisitive spirit, obey ethical codes, take measures to protect cultural heritage, update repertory of knowledge, put theoretical knowledge into practice, generalize data and studies to raise the public awareness of cultural history, display historical works worldwide shouldering social responsibility, ensure participatory education and therefore advance the level of education.