The Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University was established in 1984, then the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, as a research and teaching center in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and epigraphy. It has constantly expanded since then to cover other related fields such as cultural resources management, conservation of archaeological materials, archaeometry, and museum studies. This led to the transformation of the Institute into the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology in the academic year 2003/2004.
The Faculty comprises four departments: Archaeology, Anthropology, Epigraphy, and Conservation and Management of Cultural Resources. It has also the following units: the Museum of Jordanian Heritage, Laboratories Unit, and Deir 'Alla Station for Archaeological Studies. In addition, the Faculty houses tow scientific chairs regulated by the university instructions and regulations: Mahmoud al-Ghul Chair for the Study of the Civilization and Epigraphy of the Arabian Peninsula, and Samir Shamma Chair for Islamic Numismatics and Civilization.
The Faculty offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the general field of cultural heritage. It awards bachelor degrees in the areas of archaeology, anthropology, and conservation and management of cultural resources. It also awards master’s degrees in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, epigraphy, and conservation and management of cultural resources.
The Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology is distinguished from its counterparts in Jordan and the region by offering unique academic and training programs that were mostly introduced to the Arab region for the first time. Reference is made in this connection primarily to the programs of epigraphy, physical anthropology, conservation of cultural heritage, cultural resources management, numismatic studies, and archaeometry. Furthermore, the Faculty managed since its establishment to build an extensive network of international relationships with numerous academic institutions worldwide. These aspects of distinction allow the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology to play a crucial role on the academic level locally, regionally and internationally.