Archaeology & Tourism – History

Archaeology as a discipline was introduced in this University of Nigeria in 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. Serious problems arose between the archaeologists and historians which very nearly marred the progress of the then Department of History/Archaeology. It became clear that archaeology with its scientific methodology needed a separate existence. It was also hoped that the separation would enable the department to grow more rapidly. This dream was realized on 1st August, 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. Our first Masters Degree candidate qualified in 1987. Both staff and students are engaged in field and laboratory researches. During the Silver Jubilee celebration of this university, this Department mounted two exhibitions of their findings. Our students’ population has now increased tremendously (including PG students) and the staff strength stands at eighteen academic, and four non-academic staff. Because of the scientific nature of our discipline, we consider technical staff strength very inadequate. In an attempt to bring the departmental programme in line with current trends in Archaeology and Tourism as well as the desire to equip students to face the challenges posed by today’s globalized environment, the department has developed a curriculum leading to B.A Hons. in Archaeology and Tourism. The programme has been approved by the University Senate. Apart from the academic contents of the above programme, the course has been designed in such a way that it will enable graduates contribute in the development of our fledging tourism outfits and allied markets. This will hopefully open avenues for more jobs while contributing to sustainability imperatives.