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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26-07-2013 by Administrator

New British Academy Fellow

Professor Julia Lee Thorp has been elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Archaeological Science.

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15-07-2013 by Administrator

Manure was used by Europe’s first farmers 8,000 years ago

A new study says Europe’s first farmers used far more sophisticated practices than previously thought. A research team led by the University of Oxford has found that Neolithic farmers manured and watered their crops as early as 6,000 years BC.

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08-07-2013 by Administrator

Hillfort Survey

The Atlas of Hillforts Project has launched its survey of hillforts. If you would like to participate go to the Atlas webpage and download the form and notes for guidance. The survey is open to anyone and we are hoping that local societies and archaeological groups will be interested. Good luck and enjoy hillforts!

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11-06-2013 by Administrator

Article by Professor Nick Barton - Leverhulme Trust

Professor Nick Barton's article 'Earliest symbolism and cemeteries in prehistoric North Africa' can be read in the Awards in Focus section of the Leverhulme Trust website, a showcase of recent awards made by the Trust.

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24-05-2013 by Administrator

Morocco Caves Project

New work supported by the Fell Fund has been undertaken to document and photographically record the interior of a cave on the Atlantic coast of Morocco utilising the method of RTI photography (Reflectance Transformation imaging) and 360 object rotation photography

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Dr Dan Hicks on Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time"

Dr Dan Hicks, University Lecturer and Curator of Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Pitt Rivers Museum, appeared on Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time" on 28 February 2013, talking about the Victorian archaeologist General Augustus Pitt-Rivers. For further reading, links, and to listen again, see

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05-02-2013 by Administrator

Neanderthals 'died out earlier than previously thought'

Since the 1990s, scholars have believed that around 35,000 years ago the last of the Neanderthals sought refuge in southern Iberia, in an area known as Spain today. However, new dating evidence on fossilised bones from sites in the region (based on work undertaken by Dr Rachel Wood and Professor Thomas Higham at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit) suggests that the fossils could be 15,000 years older than previously thought.

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19-10-2012 by Administrator

Lake yields new benchmark for dating much older objects

A new series of radiocarbon measurements from Japan's Lake Suigetsu will give scientists a more accurate benchmark for dating materials, especially for older objects, according to a research team that included Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit.

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10-10-2012 by Administrator

Dan Hicks leads Arts Council England funded project 'Excavating Pitt-Rivers'

The Victorian archaeologist General Pitt-Rivers is world-famous for his development of modern scientific archaeology, but the earliest archaeological collections that he made have never been studied. The Pitt Rivers Museum, where these artefacts are held, has been awarded £76,654 by Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund to document this important early material. 

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