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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

12-09-2018

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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15-03-2017

Book release: Ark of Civilization. Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945

Hot off the press: Ark of Civilization. Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by the School of Archaeology's Dr Sally Crawford, Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, and Dr Jaś Elsner of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 

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14-03-2017

Rick Schulting and colleagues have received a British Academy Small Research Grant

The darker angels of our nature: a butchered prehistoric human bone assemblage from Charterhouse Warren, Somerset, England. Rick Schulting and colleagues have received a British Academy Small Research Grant for the study of an unusual Early Bronze Age human skeletal assemblage.

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14-03-2017

Rick Schulting has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Research Grant

On the trail of Florida’s ancient canoes – Rick Schulting has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Research Grant aimed at investigating the provenance of prehistoric canoes in Florida. 

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10-03-2017

Archaeology at Oxford is ranked first in the world for QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Archaeology is one of four subjects at Oxford University ranked number one in the world in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject which compares institutions across 46 subjects. They show the strengths of in-depth specialisms, rather than basing comparisons on an overall university ranking. The rankings are based on data for academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and H-index (research impact).

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28-02-2017

Download the programme for the GAO conference, Influence of Movement and Conflict on the Past, 10th-11th March, 2017

Over the next two days the annual Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) conference is being held at Merton College, Oxford. The theme is Influence of Movement and Conflict on the Past.

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27-02-2017

The AHRC Hillforts Atlas Final conference, 23rd-25th June 2017, Edinburgh

The University of Oxford is pleased to present the final conference for the AHRC-funded  'Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland' project, which has been undertaken in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. The conference will be held in Edinburgh on June 23rd to 25th 2017. 

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27-02-2017

Prof Greger Larson discusses the domestication debate in this month's Blueprint magazine

In this month's Blueprint magazine for staff of the University, the School of Archaeology's Professor Greger Larson talks to Maria Coyle about where our chickens, dogs and pigs come from. 

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13-02-2017

Professor Julia Lee-Thorp and Dr Scott Blumenthal of RLAHA, have been awarded a NERC grant

Professor Julia Lee-Thorp and Dr Scott Blumenthal of RLAHA, School of Archaeology, Oxford have been awarded a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant for their project -  A diet for all seasons: the role of intra-annual variability in the evolution of hominin diet in East Africa.

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