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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

18-12-2014 08:54

REF 2014 results confirm Oxford as world-leading centre for research in Archaeology

The REF 2014 results have confirmed the extraordinary strength in quality and depth of research in Archaeology at the University of Oxford. 80% of Oxford’s submission for Archaeology has been evaluated through external expert peer review as world-leading (4*) or internationally-excellent (3*). This represents an increase from 65% in the REF’s predecessor, the Research Assessment Exercise, last held in 2008.

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14-11-2014 11:34

Being Human Festival

The HEIR resource at the Institute of Archaeology will for the first time open its treasure-trove of Victorian Lantern Slides to the public at the 'Being Human - Festival of the Humanities' (http://beinghumanfestival.org/). During the Festival week of 15th to 23rd of November Dr Sally Crawford and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider will run a series of events collectively entitled 'The Shock of the Old'.

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28-10-2014 13:10

Swallowed by the Sea: Ancient Egypt's Greatest Lost City

Dr. Damian Robinson appears in the BBC documentary following a team of maritime archaeologists as they uncover the remarkable lost city of Heracleion, consumed by the sea and forgotten for over two thousand years.

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20-10-2014 10:48

Unravelling the Palaeolithic

The School of Archaeology will be hosting the "Unravelling the Palaeolithic" conference on 22-23 April, 2015 and the organisers are now accepting abstracts. The aim of this multidisciplinary conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new and innovative advances in Palaeolithic research, with postgraduate students particularly welcomed. 

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29-08-2014 10:23

Palaeodeserts Project covered in Science

In 2001, archaeologist Michael Petraglia was picking through boxes in a museum storeroom in Riyadh, the dusty capital of Saudi Arabia. Petraglia, who had been coaxed by Saudi colleagues to examine the country's prehistory on a Fulbright scholarship, was stunned to find huge numbers of stone tools crafted by ancient hunter-gatherers and apparently tens or even hundreds of thousands of years old.

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21-08-2014 11:05

Neanderthals and modern humans ‘overlapped’ in Europe for up to 5,400 years

Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years, according to a new paper published in the journal, Nature. For the first time, scientists have constructed a robust timeline showing when the last Neanderthals died out.

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23-07-2014 13:10

Awards for Oxford African Archaeology

Archaeology staff and students win awards for African Archaeology.

 

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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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