A Brief History

The S1 Archaeology Study Program is the first archeology undergraduate program in Southeast Asia that has been certified by AUN-QA.


The Archaeology Department of FIB Unhas started its work in the world of archaeological education in Indonesia since 1980. This was marked by the establishment of the Archaeology concentration at the History Department , Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences (FISBUD) Unhas. In line with the issuance of the Unhas Chancellor’s Decree number 405/A/10.01/1984 dated July 9, 1984 regarding the Hasanuddin University Curriculum, Archaeology was later developed into an Archaeological Study Program under the Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, Hasanuddin University.

Along with the increase in the number of graduates and the increasing demands for organizational development, in 1998, the Archaeological Study Program was determined to be a department based on the Decree of the Directorate of Higher Education (DIKTI) of the Ministry of Education and Culture (DEPDIKBUD), Number: 67/DIKTI/KEP/1998, dated 3 March 1998. The change in status marks a new era of Unhas Archaeology’s journey from a study program to an independent department from the previous Department of History.

In 2016, there was a change in Governance Organization (OTK) at Hasanuddin University through the issuance of Rector’s Regulation Number: 43315/UN4.1/PP.42/2016. From these changes, the Archeology Study Program changed to the Archaeology Department.

In the same year, the Department of Archaeology proposed to open a master’s program in archaeology. After going through a tortuous process, the Archaeology Study Program officially changed to the Archaeology Department in 2018.
manages two study programs, namely: Undergraduate of Archaeology (S1) Study Program and Master of Archaeology (S2) Study Program. The master of archaeology study program at Unhas is the only master study program outside Java.

The hard work to continue to improve the quality of Tridharma’s services paid off after the Archaeology S1 Study Program, FIB Hasanuddin University achieved “A” accreditation based on the Decree of the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia Number: 2072/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/IX/2016. In an effort to improve quality, the Archaeology Department Unhas participated in a quality assessment by the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) in 2018.

Based on the field assessment results in 2019 by assessors from AUN-QA, the Undergraduate of Archaeology Study Program Unhas became the first archaeology undergraduate study program in Southeast Asia that has been certified by AUN-QA.

Center for excellent archaeological study and development based on maritime culture 2013-2023



Organizing a quality and maritime-minded Bachelor of Archaeology education.
Develop archaeological studies and management of archaeological resources with a conservation perspective.
Encouraging the development and utilization of entrepreneurship archaeological resources.

Educational Philosophy

In line with the educational philosophy of Unhas, the Department of Archaeology prepares its educational philosophy based on national education policies and specifically in the field of archaeology. Based on the Higher Education Law No. 12 of 2012, education is “…a conscious and planned effort to create a learning atmosphere and learning process so that students actively develop their potential to have religious spiritual strength, self-control, personality, intelligence, noble character, and skills needed by themselves, society, nation and state .“Based on this philosophical statement, Unhas applies Student-Centred Education (SCE) as a philosophical perspective in carrying out its function as a higher education institution. This educational philosophy is then translated intoStudent-Centred Approach (SCA); a learning strategy that places students at the center of the learning process.

The Archaeology Department implements a field-based learning (PBL) by allocating visits to archaeological sites in almost all courses. For example, after attending two to four meetings in class, courses in the Cultural History cluster such as Indonesian Prehistory, Sulawesi Prehistory, Islamic Indonesian Archaeology, and Colonial Archaeology allocate time to visit relevant archaeological sites so that students can learn and observe firsthand objects that presented in class lectures. In addition, most of the courses in the Archaeological Theory and Methods group require students to visit archaeological sites to conduct field observations and record data either individually or in groups. Furthermore, courses containing intensive field activities such as Archaeological Excavation allocate 80 percent of field activities and laboratory activities.

In addition to implementing SCA, the Archaeology Department also understands the specifics of the field of archeology and has developed a learning strategy for courses in the Archaeology Department. This particularity is clearly illustrated in the popular archaeology image which reads “the archaeological knowledge in out there in the field.” Therefore, apart from implementing SCA, the Department of Archeology also appliesa Field-Based Learning (PBL) as its educational philosophy. The Department of Archaeology believes that the best way to build archaeological knowledge and skills is through hands-on learning experiences in the field. Furthermore, in the world of educational theory, SCA and PBL are derived from the same theory, constructivism.


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