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Archaeology & Anthropology

Department of Archaeology & Anthropology

The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology comprises a highly dynamic and engaged team of experts who are committed to inspiring learning through teaching, advancing knowledge through research, and enriching society through professional and engagement work.

Our active research interests stretch from the very earliest archaeology and anthropology of our human ancestors, right the way through to early farming societies, the Bronze and Iron Ages, to the Romans. They are also global in scale – from Europe and the Near East, to Africa, Asia, the Americas and the islands of the Pacific. We specialise in practical fieldwork and the analysis of archaeological and anthropological material, including digital, forensic and maritime methods and applications of archaeology and anthropology. We are also actively concerned with the relationships that exist between humans, objects, animals and our environments and how these vary across time and space, contributing not only to debates about the past, but also present day issues such as climate change. 

Importantly our research informs and enriches our teaching and professional work. Central to all of our taught courses is a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on learning involving our state-of-the-art laboratory and analytical facilities, field equipment and world-class teaching and learning collections. To support this emphasis on skills-based learning, placements are also available on all our undergraduate courses and we were amongst one of the very first departments in the UK to have our archaeology degrees accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Our students rate us very highly – the 2020 National Student Survey put us in the top eight departments in the UK for our archaeology courses, and our students consistently comment on how engaged, approachable and helpful our lecturers are. Our reputation for research is growing very fast too - we are currently the top-rated new university for archaeological research and all of our staff are actively involved in research and working at the cutting edge of their fields.

Our courses

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Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution

The Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution is focused on tackling questions from a landscape-based perspective, integrating palaeoanthropology, ecology, remote sensing of modern analogues and both earth and computer science.

Our facilities

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Anthropology Laboratory

We hold one of the largest human remains collections among UK universities - find out more about how it’s used during our courses.

Find out more about the department

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Our staff

Meet our staff and find out more about their specialisms.
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The Archaeological Field School

The Place project is our annual archaeological excavation field school at a rich historical site in the heart of Dorset. Learn how to get involved, and see some of our most impressive finds over the past few years.