Dissertations

Photo taken in the Sculpture Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum

All students are required to write a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words in their final year on either an archaeological or anthropological topic. 

Some of the subjects students have worked on in the past are:

  • The Hole Truth: A comparative study of perforated phalanges from Middle and Upper Palaelithic France
  • Grave information: what can the mortuary record tell us about the social structure of a Nubian C-Group community?
  • The religious and cultural identity of Messianic Jews in Britain: A case study of Zera Avraham Messianic Synagogue
  • Counteracting the colonial violence of globalisation: First Nations paths to survivance on the land and online
  • Powerful pens and cameras that lie
  • The collapse of the Mycenaean palace system in the Late Bronze Age Aegean
  • Killing cousins: An analysis of the transformation of apes from the status of sacred object to economic commodity in Equatorial Africa
  • Imaginary Oxford: How is the city landscape experienced by residents, students and visitors? How does this differential experience affect familiarity with and preference for different parts of Oxford?
  • Ancient Maya cave mortuary practice: A reinterpretation using isotopic evidence from west-central Belize and Naj Turnich, Guatemala
  • Colonial regrets in Tasmania
  • The Pompeiian house as a means to other worlds
  • Why do we ignore the homeless? A study of personhood and identity within the homeless community.
  • On the ecological niche of Pilo-Pleistocene hominids
  • Anthropological images in the museum space: Three critical case studies
  • Techological analysis of Late Middle Palaeolithic industrics from Gorham's Cave, Gilbraltar