News and Announcements

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03-12-2015 by Administrator

Historic Environment Image Resource Calendar 2016

Get your copy of this limited edition calendar of lost sites, monuments, and views from the School's lantern slide archive!

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Letter from Wales: Hillforts of the Iron Age

Survey and excavation at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari led by Gary Lock and John Pouncett is contributing to an evolving regional approach to understanding the Later Prehistoric settlement record of North Wales.  Ongoing work at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari - one of a series of hillforts currently being investigated on the Clwydian Range - is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Archaeology magazine.

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Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) 2016 Conference

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford is welcoming submissions for papers to be presented at the annual conference in Oxford, 12th-13th March 2016. This conference will focus on the multidimensional ways in which humans have interacted with their natural environment in prehistoric and historic times. 

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17-09-2015 by Robyn Mason

Green Arabia's key role in human evolution

Archaeologists in the Palaeodeserts Project at the School of Archaeology, Oxford have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind's exodus from Africa. Far from being a desert, the region was once covered by lush vegetation and criss-crossed by rivers, providing rich hunting grounds for our ancestors.

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New research into ancient Indian copper

Dr Wendy Morrison has been successfully awarded a £9,980 grant under the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The one year project (2016-17) is entitled Testing the metal: characterising the chemical composition of ancient Indian copper

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03-06-2015 by Robyn Mason

European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links

The Institute of Archaeology has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct the three-year research project ‘European Celtic Art in Context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links’. The project is led by Professor Chris Gosden (Oxford), Dr JD Hill (British Museum), Dr Jody Joy (Cambridge) and Dr Ian Leins (British Museum) who have all worked extensively on Celtic art.

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14-05-2015 by Administrator

HEIR to partake in the Social Animals LiveFriday Event, 7:00-10:30pm, Friday 15 May at the Ashmolean Museum

Join HEIR - the Historic Environment Image Resource – at the Social Animals LiveFriday, which will be celebrating Oxford’s social sciences research.

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14-05-2015 by Administrator

HEIR – Launch of HEIR crowd-sourcing website and mobile app

HEIR – the Historic Environment Image Resource – is a citizen science project, crowd-sourcing and re-photographing historic images of sites, monuments, and landscapes all over the world.

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27-04-2015 by Administrator

Dawn of the Dog

An unprecedented collaboration may solve one of the greatest mysteries of domestication.  The School of Archaeology's Dr. Greger Larson, features in this month's Science Magazine.

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16-03-2015 by Administrator

Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought

An international research team has shed new light on the diet of some of the earliest recorded humans in Sri Lanka. The researchers from Oxford University, working with a team from Sri Lanka and the University of Bradford, analysed the carbon and oxygen isotopes in the teeth of 26 individuals, with the oldest dating back 20,000 years and found that nearly all the teeth analysed suggest a diet largely sourced from the rainforest.

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