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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 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

03-08-2017

Highlights of the 2017 excavation season at Dorchester on Thames

The training excavation run by the School of Archaeology and Oxford Archaeology ran this summer from June 25th to July 21st 2017, continuing a ten year project to understand the Roman settlement now covered by allotments in the village of Dorchester on Thames. 

 

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06-07-2017

HEIR project in 'Current Archaeology' article

The Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) Project, directed by Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider, was discussed in the June issue (number 327) of Current Archaeology.

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28-06-2017

Online hillforts atlas maps all 4,147 in Britain and Ireland for the first time

Dotted across the landscape of Britain and Ireland, hillforts have been part of our story for millennia. Now launched for the first time is a new online atlas that captures all of their locations and key details in one resource, see https://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk

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21-06-2017

Open Days at the School of Archaeology, 28th & 29th June 2017

This summer's Open Days will be taking place at our newest buildings at No. 1. South Parks Road. We look forward to seeing you there from 11am next Wednesday 28th or Thursday 29th June. 

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21-06-2017

Alumni, staff and students gather to celebrate Prof Mark Robinson on his retirement

On Friday members of the School of Archaeology, past and present, came together at St Peter's College to honour and celebrate Prof Mark Robinson who is retiring from teaching at the School. It was wonderful to see so many alumni attend his party and to hear Professor Richard Bradley, Professor Nick Barton, Professor Julia Lee-Thorpe and Dr Lisa Lodwick give such thoughtful speeches about how much Mark has meant to them, the School and the wider environmental archaeology community. We wish Mark all the best in his next endeavours and are happy to know that he isn't gong too far.

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19-06-2017

Dame Professor Jessica Rawson To Be Awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Renowned art historian, author, academic administrator and curator Dame Professor Jessica Rawson will be awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal for her lifetime work in Chinese art and archeology. The medal will be presented to the noted British scholar in a private ceremony in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 28.

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16-06-2017

Dr Dan Hicks has been awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal for 2017

The Royal Anthropological Institute announced this week that Dr Dan Hicks, Associate Professor and Curator in Archaeology, has been awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal for 2017, one of the highest honours in Anthropology and Archaeology. 

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06-06-2017

Ancient grain tells the tale of our ancestors’ cities

A study published in Nature Plants sheds new light on the agricultural and political economy that underpinned the growth of some of the world’s oldest cities in Mesopotamia, in present-day northern Syria.

The researchers, led by a team from the University of Oxford, used stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of charred ancient grains to reconstruct the conditions under which crops grew, building up a picture of how farming practice changed over time.

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06-06-2017

8th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, 12-16 September 2017

We are delighted to welcome you back to Oxford for the 8th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, 12-16 September 2017. Diagenesis cuts across all disciplines that study the past. Our aims in this workshop are to develop a better understanding of the pathways of post-mortem alteration in calcified tissues and overcome the challenges this poses.

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25-04-2017

Helena Hamerow and colleagues have been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant

‘Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution’ (FeedSax).

This four-year project aims to understand the timing and nature of the huge increase in cereal production that enabled the population of England (and much of Europe) to boom between the ninth and twelfth centuries, fuelling the growth of towns and markets. 

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20-04-2017

GAO fieldtrip to Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral

The GAO (Graduate Archaeology at Oxford) society organised a very successful fieldtrip to Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral this Easter. Sarum looked glorious in the April sunshine and at Salisbury the graudates were taken behind the scenes, climbing up the Cathedral tower to marvel at the medieval engineering. 

 

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16-03-2017

Stone Age tools and animal bones in Tunisia are ‘clues to an early human corridor’

Researchers have found animal bones and stone tools on the margins of a dried-up giant lake in Tunisia, which they suggest are evidence of early human activity. They believe the shores of Chotts megalake may have formed an early corridor across the Sahara for the dispersal of Homo sapiens and other animals from Sub-Saharan Africa between 200,000 to 10,000 years ago.

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