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Archaeology is a subject that spans the entirety of the human past all across the globe.  Oxford’s School of Archaeology is one of the few departments in the world where so many diverse aspects of archaeological teaching and research are brought together to address critical questions about our past.  We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (we were ranked joint first place in the Complete University Guide 2013 for Student Satisfaction and Research) and have research projects on all the inhabited continents. As a result, we have the depth and breadth of expertise to help students tackle complex issues ranging from human origins and early hunter-gatherers, to the ancient environment, classical and historical archaeology, and chronology.  We are also particularly fortunate that the legacies of eminent archaeologists who have called Oxford home, including Sir Arthur Evans and Lawrence of Arabia, continue to provide inspiration to both students and staff.

News and Announcements

17-07-2015 10:45

New research into ancient Indian copper

Dr Wendy Morrison has been successfully awarded a £9,980 grant under the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The one year project (2016-17) is entitled Testing the metal: characterising the chemical composition of ancient Indian copper

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03-06-2015 13:55

European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links

The Institute of Archaeology has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct the three-year research project ‘European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links’. The project is led by Professor Chris Gosden (Oxford), Dr JD Hill (British Museum), Dr Jody Joy (Cambridge) and Dr Ian Leins (British Museum) who have all worked extensively on Celtic art.

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14-05-2015 13:37

HEIR to partake in the Social Animals LiveFriday Event, 7:00-10:30pm, Friday 15 May at the Ashmolean Museum

Join HEIR - the Historic Environment Image Resource – at the Social Animals LiveFriday, which will be celebrating Oxford’s social sciences research.

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14-05-2015 13:30

HEIR – Launch of HEIR crowd-sourcing website and mobile app

HEIR – the Historic Environment Image Resource – is a citizen science project, crowd-sourcing and re-photographing historic images of sites, monuments, and landscapes all over the world.

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27-04-2015 13:54

Dawn of the Dog

An unprecedented collaboration may solve one of the greatest mysteries of domestication.  The School of Archaeology's Dr. Greger Larson, features in this month's Science Magazine.

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16-03-2015 12:03

Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought

An international research team has shed new light on the diet of some of the earliest recorded humans in Sri Lanka. The researchers from Oxford University, working with a team from Sri Lanka and the University of Bradford, analysed the carbon and oxygen isotopes in the teeth of 26 individuals, with the oldest dating back 20,000 years and found that nearly all the teeth analysed suggest a diet largely sourced from the rainforest.

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07-01-2015 14:14

Agrobiodiversity and archaeobotany - upcoming workshop in Morocco

An interdisciplinary workshop exploring the agrobiodiversity of traditional agrosystems in Morocco, and their relevance for understanding past farming systems in the region and beyond, will be held at Chefchaouen, Morocco, March 24-28, 2015. This is a ‘Research Links’ workshop funded by the British Council and CNRST, and co-organised by Mohammed Ater (Tetouan) and Amy Bogaard (Oxford).

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18-12-2014 08:54

REF 2014 results confirm Oxford as world-leading centre for research in Archaeology

The REF 2014 results have confirmed the extraordinary strength in quality and depth of research in Archaeology at the University of Oxford. 80% of Oxford’s submission for Archaeology has been evaluated through external expert peer review as world-leading (4*) or internationally-excellent (3*). This represents an increase from 65% in the REF’s predecessor, the Research Assessment Exercise, last held in 2008.

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14-11-2014 11:34

Being Human Festival

The HEIR resource at the Institute of Archaeology will for the first time open its treasure-trove of Victorian Lantern Slides to the public at the 'Being Human - Festival of the Humanities' (http://beinghumanfestival.org/). During the Festival week of 15th to 23rd of November Dr Sally Crawford and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider will run a series of events collectively entitled 'The Shock of the Old'.

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28-10-2014 13:10

Swallowed by the Sea: Ancient Egypt's Greatest Lost City

Dr. Damian Robinson appears in the BBC documentary following a team of maritime archaeologists as they uncover the remarkable lost city of Heracleion, consumed by the sea and forgotten for over two thousand years.

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20-10-2014 10:48

Unravelling the Palaeolithic

The School of Archaeology will be hosting the "Unravelling the Palaeolithic" conference on 22-23 April, 2015 and the organisers are now accepting abstracts. The aim of this multidisciplinary conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new and innovative advances in Palaeolithic research, with postgraduate students particularly welcomed. 

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29-08-2014 10:23

Palaeodeserts Project covered in Science

In 2001, archaeologist Michael Petraglia was picking through boxes in a museum storeroom in Riyadh, the dusty capital of Saudi Arabia. Petraglia, who had been coaxed by Saudi colleagues to examine the country's prehistory on a Fulbright scholarship, was stunned to find huge numbers of stone tools crafted by ancient hunter-gatherers and apparently tens or even hundreds of thousands of years old.

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