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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

12-12-2017

Launch of SIBA (Stone Interchanges in the Bahama archipelago) web pages

The AHRC-funded SIBA project focuses on exotic stone artefacts imported into the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands between AD 700-1500, exploring their provenance through both traditional (EPMA/SEM) and novel geo-chemical techniques (laser ablation; Sr-Nd-Pb isotope analyses), as well as iconographic studies. The project brings together colleagues from the School of Archaeology (PI-Joanna Ostapkowicz), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Co-I Gareth Davies) and University of Granada (Prof. Antonio García-Casco).

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04-12-2017

Study of Trinidad’s Pitch Lake artefacts identifies earliest wood carvings from the Caribbean

Dr. Joanna Ostapkowicz, Research Associate in Caribbean Archaeology at the School of Archaeology, has co-authored a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports which documents the earliest wood carvings from the Caribbean – stretching back to 3200 BC. The multi-disciplinary study focused on a collection of wood carvings recovered from Pitch Lake, Trinidad during commercial asphalt harvesting, and now in museum collections (part of the AHRC-funded project Black Pitch, Carved Histories: Prehistoric Wood Sculptures from Trinidad's Pitch Lake

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21-11-2017

ECAIC storymaps the prehi(p)story of the ostentatious moustache for Movember 2017

Dr Peter Hommel and Dr Helen Chittock of the European Celtic Art in Context (ECAIC) project have created a storymap exploring the history of the ostentatious moustache for all those partaking in this month's Movember challenge. 

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17-11-2017

Archaeological study provides evidence of the deep roots of wealth gaps in post-Neolithic Eurasia

The School of Archaeology’s Prof Amy Bogaard has co-authored a paper published in Nature which provides evidence that increasing dependence on agriculture and especially draught animals like cattle intensified wealth inequalities over time. Two School of Archaeology Post-Docs (Dr Amy Styring and Dr Jade Whitlam) worked alongside Amy and the international team of archaeologists conducting this study. They analysed house sizes at 62 archaeological sites across North America, Europe and Asia, and two from Africa. 

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31-10-2017

Recent graduate awarded prestigious Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The School of Archaeology extends its warmest congratulations to Gonzalo Linares Matas who was awarded the prestigious Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize at the Society of Antiquaries, on 25th October 2017. The Prize is open to students from any University in Britain and Ireland. The award celebrates the dissertation that has made the greatest contribution to the study of prehistory in any part of the world.

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16-10-2017

Sites and Images

The work of the Historic Environment Image Resource is showcased in the 2017 Annual Exhibition at the OCAT Institute, Beijing. This innovative exhibition combines archaeology and modern visual technologies to explore the use of historical images to explore, understand, and recreate the biographies of sites and objects.

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12-10-2017

Proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) Conferences 2015-2016

The GAO is pleased to announce the publication of the proceedings for their annual conference for the years 2015-2016. Archaeological Approaches to Breaking Boundaries: Interaction, Integration and Division presents the work of early-career researchers from across the globe, with articles covering a variety of time periods, geographical locations, and methodologies.

 

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27-09-2017

Martin Aitken

The School of Archaeology regrets to announce that Martin Aitken has died in his home in France, aged 95. He was a physicist who dedicated his time to research in the scientific aspects of archaeology.  Much of his career (from 1957 – 1989) was spent in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at Oxford, where he was Director. 

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14-09-2017

Open Day at the School of Archaeology Friday 15th September

Students, parents and teachers are invited to spend a whole day in Oxford, attending events, talking to staff and students and getting answers to any questions. We strongly recommend that you use public transport to get here and for all the latest travel advice, maps and direction please click here

14-09-2017

Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit dates the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol

In collaboration with the Bodleian Library, the School of Archaeology’s Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit recently carbon dated the Bakhshali manuscript, an ancient Indian mathematical text. One folio in the manuscript was dated to the 3rd-4th Century CE making it the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol that we use today.

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13-09-2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes

The School of Archaeology welcomes interest from postdoctoral fellowship applications from within and outside of Oxford.  Guidance notes are available for all those interested in developing their research project at the School of Archaeology.

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06-09-2017

Late surviving Neanderthals ‘much older’ than previously thought

Late surviving Neanderthals from Croatia were much older than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Oxford.

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