Star Trek Expanded Universe

Archaeology is the scientific study of cultures. The science focuses on recovering evidence, then documenting and analyzing it, and ending in interpreting the data. Evidence can come from a wide range of sources. Xenoarchaeology is a specialist field of archaeology, dealing with non-Terran cultures. People trained in this science are called archaeologists or xenoarchaeologists (depending on their specialty).


Aboard Starfleet starships and other installations, an archaeology and anthropology officer was an archaeologist familiar with a wide range of cultures.

Some archaeologists included USS Prospect-A officers Anne Lansing and Amy Peale and USS Pendragon commanding officer Timothy Sinclair (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles; Star Trek: Shabonee; Star Trek: Pendragon) . An alien technologies officer was sometimes an archaeologist as well. (Star Trek: Avenger)

Dr. Kenneth Lillington-Hughes was a famous Federation archaeologist in the mid- to late-24th century. USS Cantabrian commanding officer Captain Noah Wrightson had several of his works. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

One of Eliaseth Castien's hobbies was archaeology. (Star Trek: Saints of Infinity)

Starbase 804 had a family of Klingon archaeologists amongst its crew around 2371. (ST novel The Return)

Samok was an archaeologist aboard the USS Odyssey. One of his passions was studying the Preservers. (Typhon Station)

Institutes of higher learning with archaeology programs[]

The Galen Institute was a higher learning institution dedicated to archaeology, founded sometime after 2370. (Star Trek: Dark Horizon; Star Trek: Pendragon)

The Jackson Center for Archaeology in Chicago was known for its fringe views. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

The archaeology program at the University of Alpha Centauri was considered one of the best in the Federation. (Star Trek: The Lost Era novel The Buried Age; Star Trek: Pendragon)

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