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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Ancient humans brought red deer to Ireland

Scientists have discovered that the red deer population from County Kerry is directly descended from deer that were introduced into Ireland by Neolithic people from Britain around 5,000 years ago.

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11-12-2011 by Administrator

Institute of Archaeology - 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Catch-up with the celebrations during the Institute's golden anniversary year by visiting our 50th anniversary page. Please fill out the form on the page if you would like to keep in touch with the department. We would like to hear from both alumni and friends alike and we plan to produce an anniversary booklet in 2012.

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01-12-2011 by Administrator

Sealinks Project Recognised

On 8th December, Dr. Nicky Boivin attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The event was in recognition of the role of adventurers and explorers and coincided with an exhibition at the Palace showing items related to exploration and adventure from the royal archives.

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Hazel Down Lynchets. Credit: Ian R. Cartwright.

The English Landscapes and Identities Project

A new five-year project has been announced looking at the history of the English landscape from the middle Bronze Age to the Norman period. It will use a mass of mapped data for the period to explore continuities and changes in the use of the land in different parts of England

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Modern polar bears descended from extinct bears from Ireland

Scientists have discovered that modern polar bears are descended from now extinct brown bears that roamed the region we know today as Britain and Ireland. It is thought that polar bears moved into this area just before, or during the last Ice Age, where they mated with female brown bears.

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Crop Isotope Project

Of Muck and Men

A new approach using stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios in ancient crop remains suggests that early farmers practised manuring with dung from herded livestock. These results have radical implications for understanding the ecology of early farming and its social consequences.

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Stone tools

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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Hominid Tooth (photo by Sandi Copeland)

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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