News and Announcements

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17-09-2015 08:53 by Robyn Mason

Green Arabia's key role in human evolution

Archaeologists in the Palaeodeserts Project at the School of Archaeology, Oxford have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind's exodus from Africa. Far from being a desert, the region was once covered by lush vegetation and criss-crossed by rivers, providing rich hunting grounds for our ancestors.

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17-07-2015 10:45 by Michaela Ecker

New research into ancient Indian copper

Dr Wendy Morrison has been successfully awarded a £9,980 grant under the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The one year project (2016-17) is entitled Testing the metal: characterising the chemical composition of ancient Indian copper

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03-06-2015 13:55 by Robyn Mason

European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links

The Institute of Archaeology has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct the three-year research project ‘European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links’. The project is led by Professor Chris Gosden (Oxford), Dr JD Hill (British Museum), Dr Jody Joy (Cambridge) and Dr Ian Leins (British Museum) who have all worked extensively on Celtic art.

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14-05-2015 13:37 by Administrator

HEIR to partake in the Social Animals LiveFriday Event, 7:00-10:30pm, Friday 15 May at the Ashmolean Museum

Join HEIR - the Historic Environment Image Resource – at the Social Animals LiveFriday, which will be celebrating Oxford’s social sciences research.

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14-05-2015 13:30 by Administrator

HEIR – Launch of HEIR crowd-sourcing website and mobile app

HEIR – the Historic Environment Image Resource – is a citizen science project, crowd-sourcing and re-photographing historic images of sites, monuments, and landscapes all over the world.

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27-04-2015 13:54 by Administrator

Dawn of the Dog

An unprecedented collaboration may solve one of the greatest mysteries of domestication.  The School of Archaeology's Dr. Greger Larson, features in this month's Science Magazine.

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16-03-2015 12:03 by Administrator

Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought

An international research team has shed new light on the diet of some of the earliest recorded humans in Sri Lanka. The researchers from Oxford University, working with a team from Sri Lanka and the University of Bradford, analysed the carbon and oxygen isotopes in the teeth of 26 individuals, with the oldest dating back 20,000 years and found that nearly all the teeth analysed suggest a diet largely sourced from the rainforest.

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07-01-2015 14:14 by Administrator

Agrobiodiversity and archaeobotany - upcoming workshop in Morocco

An interdisciplinary workshop exploring the agrobiodiversity of traditional agrosystems in Morocco, and their relevance for understanding past farming systems in the region and beyond, will be held at Chefchaouen, Morocco, March 24-28, 2015. This is a ‘Research Links’ workshop funded by the British Council and CNRST, and co-organised by Mohammed Ater (Tetouan) and Amy Bogaard (Oxford).

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18-12-2014 08:54 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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' ( 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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