News and Announcements

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Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth

Dr Mike Petraglia, from the School of Archaeology at Oxford University, is one of the experts interviewed in the first of a two-part documentary about the arrival of modern humans in Asia 74,000 years ago.

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Sacks of human waste reveal secrets of ancient Rome

Sacks of ancient excrement from Herculaneum are helping archaeologists learn more about Roman life. The waste was excavated and put through a series of graded sieves by a team led by Mark Robinson of the University of Oxford which revealed bits of bone, pottery as well as nuts and seeds made it into Roman cesspits.

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Teeth of hominids suggests early cavemen had ‘foreign brides’

By testing the tooth enamel of 19 hominids found in cave sites in South Africa, a new study involving researchers at the University of Oxford provides surprising evidence of how individuals dating back more than 2 million years once lived.

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Gertrud Seidmann awarded a Certificate of Graduate Attainment

Miss Gertrud Seidmann, until recently a postgraduate in the School of Archaeology and believed to be the oldest student to have studied at Oxford University, has been awarded a Certificate of Graduate Attainment by the University in a special ceremony in the Divinity School.

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Humans 'left Africa much earlier'

Modern humans may have emerged from Africa up to 50,000 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers have uncovered stone tools in the Arabian peninsula that they say were made by modern humans about 125,000 years ago.

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Major archaeological project examines interactions that changed China

The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture, based in Oxford University’s School of Archaeology, has received its first major research award since its launch in October last year. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of almost half a million pounds for the research project ‘China and Inner Asia (1,000-200 BC): Interactions that changed China’ to Professor Jessica Rawson.

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Was North Africa the Launch Pad for Modern Human Migrations?

A growing number of researchers suspect that long-neglected North Africa was the original home of the modern humans who first trekked out of the continent.

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Launch of Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture

Oxford University is to launch a new centre to study the archaeological and cultural heritage of Asia. On 21 October, the Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture, based in the University’s School of Archaeology, will officially open to become the only Asia-specialist centre of archaeological research and teaching in Europe.

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Wolfson College DPhil Studentships in Classical Archaeology

Wolfson College is offering two graduate scholarships in the field of Classical Archaeology, for new DPhil applicants who intend to commence reading for their doctorates in Michaelmas Term 2011. The scholarships are funded through the generosity of two donors, Baron Lorne Thyssen and the Mougins Museum of Classical Art. Further information and deadlines can be found on the Studentships page.

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Stone tools 'change migration story'

A research team reports new findings of stone age tools that suggest humans came "out of Africa" by land earlier than has been thought.

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