News and Announcements

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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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Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture Lecture and Seminar Series

The new Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture has been established in the School of Archaeology and will be holding its opening lecture and reception on 21st October 2010 at the Ashmolean Museum. There will also be a following Seminar Series on "Creolisation, Culture and Hybridity: Intercultural contact with and within Ancient Asia".

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Radiocarbon dating verifies ancient Egypt's history

Radiocarbon dating has shown that the chronology of Egypt's Old, Middle and New Kingdoms is indeed accurate. The researchers dated seeds found in pharaohs' tombs, including some from the tomb of the King Tutankhamun.

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Archaeology Podcasts on iTunes

Interviews with Professor Barry Cunliffe, Professor Mark Pollard, Professor Chris Gosden and DPhil student Wendy Morrison are now available from the University of Oxford podcasts page or directly from iTunes.

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Exodus on the exploding earth

An article in the New Scientist magazine features Oxford University research into the Toba super-eruption, a supervolcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra which erupted 74,000 years ago

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2010 Wiseman Book Award Winner

2010 Wiseman Book Award Winner: Judith McKenzie for her book The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt c. 300 B.C. to A.D. 700 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007)

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