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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

28-04-2016 14:41

Human Evolution in Structured Populations

Dr Eleanor Scerri and Dr Heidi Eager (Cornell University) have organised an evening symposium entitled ‘Human Evolution in Structured Populations’ on the 1st of September, 2016, funded by the British Academy of Arts and Social Sciences, The Galton Institute and the Wellcome Trust. The symposium will explore the archaeological, fossil and genetic data that suggest that the emergence of our species occurred within a set of subdivided populations located across Africa, rather than within a small and isolated East African population.

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23-02-2016 10:33

Dispersal across Asia

Human Colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene

The Wenner-Gren Symposium #153 on “Human Colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene” will be held March 18-24, 2016, at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Sintra, Portugal. The conference is organized by Christopher Bae (University of Hawai’i at Manoa), and Michael Petraglia and Katerina Douka, both of the University of Oxford. Click here for Symposium details. 

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22-01-2016 15:07

GAO 2016 Graduate Conference Registration Open

Registration for the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) conference is now open. The conference will run 12th-13th March, 2016, in Oxford and will focus on the multidimensional ways in which humans have interacted with their natural environment in prehistoric and historic times. 

The deadline for registration is 12th February, 2016. Please submit the registration form below to gao2016@merton.ox.ac.uk. For additional information, including the provisional schedule, please visit http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/gao-conferences.html

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11-01-2016 13:43

Award for joint project with Cotswold Archaeology

Dr Wendy Morrison has been awarded £9,100 from Historic England for a joint 3 month project with Cotswold Archaeology. Master of all we survey: towards GIS synthesis of large scale development-led geophysics will explore the potential for collating and utilising results from a multiplicity of individual geophysical surveys across England.

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06-01-2016 14:13

Research on prehistoric farming in western Eurasia recognised at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum

Amy Bogaard received a research award for recent work investigating the nature of prehistoric farming in western Eurasia (‘From First Farmers to First Cities: New Insights into the Agricultural Origins of Urban Societies in Western Eurasia’) at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum in December, 2015.

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04-12-2015 14:42

Celtic Art in Europe nominated as Book of the Year!

Celtic Art in Europe (eds. Chris Gosden, Sally Crawford, and Katharina Ulmschneider) has been nominated in the Book of the Year category in the 2016 Current Archaeology Awards! Voting for the awards is now live on www.archaeology.co.uk/vote – it is open to everyone and will remain so until 8th February.

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04-12-2015 09:45

RLAHA celebrates its 60th Anniversary

In the summer of 1955, the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, more affectionately known as “the Lab” came into being.  This was the result of the meeting of two minds – Lord Cherwell, Professor of Experimental Philosophy in the Clarendon Laboratory, and Professor Christopher Hawkes, the University’s first Professor of European Archaeology, along with the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of Teddy Hall, supported at first by Stuart Young and then by Martin Aitken.

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03-12-2015 11:32

Historic Environment Image Resource Calendar 2016

Get your copy of this limited edition calendar of lost sites, monuments, and views from the School's lantern slide archive!

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06-11-2015 14:00

Letter from Wales: Hillforts of the Iron Age

Survey and excavation at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari led by Gary Lock and John Pouncett is contributing to an evolving regional approach to understanding the Later Prehistoric settlement record of North Wales.  Ongoing work at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari - one of a series of hillforts currently being investigated on the Clwydian Range - is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Archaeology magazine.

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28-10-2015 09:41

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) 2016 Conference

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford is welcoming submissions for papers to be presented at the annual conference in Oxford, 12th-13th March 2016. This conference will focus on the multidimensional ways in which humans have interacted with their natural environment in prehistoric and historic times. 

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17-09-2015 08:53

Green Arabia's key role in human evolution

Archaeologists in the Palaeodeserts Project at the School of Archaeology, Oxford have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind's exodus from Africa. Far from being a desert, the region was once covered by lush vegetation and criss-crossed by rivers, providing rich hunting grounds for our ancestors.

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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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