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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

16-05-2014 12:45

Historic Environment Image Resource

The Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, has been awarded a grant to participate in the AHRC/British Academy supported 'Being Human Festival of the Humanities' 2014. Dr Katharina Ulmschneider and Dr Sally Crawford, Directors of the Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR), will stage a number of events to showcase HEIR.

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08-04-2014 08:43

Green Arabia Conference 2014

We are delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales introduced the Green Arabia Conference 2014.
 
To view the introduction you can watch the video here.

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03-04-2014 08:44

Archaeology Open Days 2014

We are pleased to announce the dates for the main University open days for 2014.  These will be held on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 July, and Friday 19 September.

For further details and to book a place please visit Summer Open Days  page.

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13-01-2014 11:13

BBC News Article - Moroccan Stone Age hunters' rotten teeth

Scientists have found some of the earliest evidence for widespread tooth decay in humans. For the full story visit the BBC News article Moroccan Stone Age hunter's rotten teeth.

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18-11-2013 11:55

Green Arabia Conference

The Green Arabia conference will be held in Oxford on April 2–4, 2014. Scholars and students from around the world will gather for 3 days of presentations and discussions covering the latest multidisciplinary research on the prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula and its role at the cross-roads of continents.

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08-11-2013 10:58

NERC funding for a Doctoral Training Partnership

The Natural Environment Research Council has just announced that Oxford will host one of the 15 national centres for doctoral training in Environmental Research, including Archaeological Science. This will provide full funding for students selected to join this four-year course.

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31-10-2013 10:30

Tool Use as Adaptation

The latest issue of the world's first science journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, is co-edited by Drs Dora Biro, Michael Haslam and Christian Rutz.

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21-10-2013 10:33

The Oxford-based Sealinks Project is collaborating with the Ashmolean Museum

The Oxford-based Sealinks Project is collaborating with the Ashmolean Museum to offer various public activities at the Museum on Thursday 7 November, 2013, including gallery tours and an evening lecture series.

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23-09-2013 08:51

Book publication and New Scientist essay by Dr Lambros Malafouris

Dr Lambros Malafouris has recently published an essay in the New Scientist (10th September 2013) on 'Mind into matter: where we end and the world begins'.

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05-09-2013 08:57

Researchers pinpoint when the First Dynasty of kings ruled Early Egypt

For the first time, a team of scientists and archaeologists has been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of Egypt.

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27-08-2013 12:29

Dr. Damian Robinson in this month's BBC Focus Magazine

Over a thousand years ago, the ancient city of Heracleion was buried beneath the Mediterranean Sea, and scholars doubted whether it would ever be seen again. But today, archaeologists are finding tablets, gold coins and even gigantic statues, showing just how important this port once was. BBC Focus Magazine September 2013 Edition.

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08-08-2013 09:58

Doctoral Studentships at the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture

The School of Archaeology invites applications for a funded studentship for students intending to study for a DPhil is the area of early Chinese Archaeology under the supervision of Professor Jessica Rawson.

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