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Archaeology is the study of the history of civilizations through the recovery, examination, documentation and analysis of material evidence. Xenoarchaeology is archaeology focusing on alien worlds and civilizations. Individuals who study archaeology are known as archaeologists.


Archaeology is typically carried out by a slow and painstaking process of uncovering and examining artifacts and other remains of former settlement sites. Because of this, much of the examination and analysis is done on site. Expeditions to such sites can vary in terms of team size and amount of time dedicated to recovery.

In 2368, Dr. Marjorie Devarona led a small team to Rajatha Prime, to a near pristine site previously undiscovered due to the planets ionosphere obscuring sensor scans. Amongst the ruins of the Rajathan civilization the team discovered a collection of Harmonic diamonds. Unfortunately these valuable stones stimulated primitive emotions in the teams brains causing them to kill each other in jealous rage. Only two of the team survived, per Dr. Devarona's final request the gems were used to fund further expeditions across the quadrant. (TNG - The Space Between comic: "Captain's Pleasure")

In c.2372 Istani Reyla travelled to Beta Kupsic to participate in an archaeological dig. (DS9 novel: Avatar, Book One)

The ancient city of B'hala was a major archaeological site on Bajor. The operation was organised by the Order of the Temple and consisted mostly of Bajoran archaeologists, however a few offworlders were also involved, including the Human Jake Sisko and a group of Vulcan chronologists. (DS9 novel: Avatar, Book One)


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A xenoarchaeologist.

Archaeology is the study of ancient cultures through the analysis of recovered artifacts. It is a broad science that draws upon anthropology and geology, and itself includes xenoarchaeology and bioarchaeology.

Jedi archaeologists were a type of Jedi historian that worked in the field. Jocasta Nu was a xenoarchaeologist before being employed as a librarian in the Jedi Archives. Other Jedi archaeologists include Corask Slen'da, Tyneir Renz, and Nu's apprentice, Jerec. Some Sith similarly specialized in archaeology, like Veren Gal.

Amateur archaeologists operating for personal gain are typically called treasure hunters. Suz Tanwa[1] and Aach Een[2] were notable treasure hunters.

Both the Obroan Institute and the University of Agamar had archaeology programs.



Xenoarchaeology was the study of vanished off-world or alien cultures through the scientific analysis of the artifacts left behind.

Known xenoarchaeologists included the Rodian Suz Tanwa[3], the Brizzit Tzizvvt[4], the Sullustan Blibbie[5] and the Human doctors Anki Pace[6], Fasha Dansun[7], Angrail Ryhl[8], and Corellia Antilles. Dr. Shilaea Motacc, an experienced amateur in archaeology, was a professional of different sciences.[5] The Kallidahin were considered xenoarchaeologists, though they only researched their own possible ancestors, the Eellayin. Xenoarchaeology was closely related to the similar science of Xenosociology.

The worlds of the Gree Enclave were especially attractive to xenoarchaeologists as they contained exotic artifacts and advanced technology since lost to the wider Galaxy.[9]


Bioarchaeology was a less prominent branch of archaeology than xenoarchaeology, and dealt with the specific study of excavated bone remains.

Josala Krenn was one notable bioarchaeologist.[10]

Behind the scenes

  • A xenoarchaeologist was one of the templates in Heroes and Rogues, a sourcebook for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.



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References and notes

  1.  Yavin: The Big Red One on (article)
  2. Ultimate Adversaries
  3.  Yavin: The Big Red One on (article)
  4.  Tzizvvt in the Databank
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Head in the Clouds"
  6. Dark Tide I: Onslaught
  7. Wildfire
  8. Heroes & Rogues
  9.  Dooku Spotted in Gree EnclaveHoloNet News Vol. 531 54
  10. Shield of Lies

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