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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

09-04-2018

Homo sapiens in Arabia 85,000 years ago

Congratulations to Huw Groucutt and Eleanor Scerri who are part of a team of researchers whose paper in Nature: Ecology & Evolution demonstrates that Homo sapiens reached Al Wusta, a site in Saudi Arabia, by 85ka years ago. The evidence from Al Wusta shows that the early dispersals of H. sapiens out of Africa were not limited to the Levantine woodlands sustained by winter rainfall, but extended deep into the Arabian interior where enhanced summer rainfall created semi-arid grasslands containing abundant fauna and perennial lakes. 

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09-04-2018

Dawn of England: Viking Archaeology

Dr Jane Kershaw gives a full length interview to BBC Somerset's Charlie Taylor, about new evidence that suggests King Alfred colluded with Vikings.  Listen to it here.

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06-04-2018

Download this app to help archaeologists explore the origins of Easter & the Easter Bunny

A multidisciplinary team, including members of the Palaeobarn team at the School of Archaeology, have developed an app 'Ancient Animals' as part of their AHRC funded project Exploring the Easter E.g.: Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Cultural and Biological “Aliens".

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16-03-2018

Oldest DNA from Africa offers clues to mysterious ancient culture

Ancient DNA extracted from 15,000 year old human burials in Morocco show genetic profiles implying substantial Near Eastern and sub-Saharan African-related ancestries (63.5% and 36.5%, respectively). This is so far the oldest human DNA evidence from Africa and provides genomic evidence for contacts between North Africa and the Near East, as well as areas south of the Sahara, long before the Neolithic transition (which occurred at least four millennia later).

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07-03-2018

Hillfort atlas wins industry recognition at international conference

A School of Archaeology research project mapping all the hillforts across England and Ireland, has been lauded by industry leaders at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference, Austin, Texas, as one of the best examples of multidisciplinary research in the UK. 

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05-03-2018

No. 1 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

The School of Archaeology is delighted to share the news that, for the second year in a row, Oxford has been ranked number one in the world for archaeology. QS Top Universities measure metrics including academic peer review, teaching commitment, research impact and employer confidence in the gradautes of the institution. 

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28-02-2018

From Past to Present, Natural Cosmetics Unwrapped

Over the last two years, a multidisciplinary team led by Dr Thibaut Devièse from the School of Archaeology and in collaboration with Dr Szu Shen Wong from Keele University and Dr Jane Draycott from the University of Glasgow has been studying the evolution of ancient skincare products over time.

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26-02-2018

Dr Malafouris awarded ERC grant for 'Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making'

Dr. Lambros Malafouris, School of Archaeology at Oxford, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant for his project Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making. 

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23-02-2018

The Donkey in Human History

Congratulations to Peter Mitchell on the publication of his new book, The Donkey in Human History. Spanning the globe and extending from the donkey's initial domestication up to the present, the book seeks to resituate the donkey (and its hybrid offspring such as the mule) in the unfolding of human history, looking not just at what donkeys and mules did, but also at how people have thought about and understood them. 

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16-02-2018

Newton International Fellowships

The School of Archaeology is welcoming applications for the British Academy/Royal Society’s Newton International Fellowship Scheme (sponsor closing date Tuesday 27th March 2018, internal deadline Tuesday 13th March 2018).  

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30-01-2018

Prof Mark Pollard receives the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

The School of Archaeology is proud to announce that the Archaeological Institute of America has named Prof Mark Pollard of RLAHA as the recipient of the 2018 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology.

 

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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. 

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