News and Announcements

A list of recent news and announcements from the School of Archaeology, together with further information and external links (where applicable) is available on this page.  If you are have an archaeology-related news item and would like it displayed here, then please e-mail

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20-10-2014 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

Awards for Oxford African Archaeology

Archaeology staff and students win awards for African Archaeology.


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16-05-2014 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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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13-01-2014 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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 by Administrator

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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